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Helena Bonham Carter embodies Crossroads star Noele Gordon for new ITV drama Nolly


Helena Bonham Carter looked strikingly different as she transformed into Crossroads star Noele Gordon to shoot scenes for new ITV drama Nolly.

The actress, 55, is taking on the title role in Nolly, a brand new three-part drama penned by Russell T Davies.

And Helena looked almost unrecognisable as she sported a cropped brunette bob to embody the late soap star as she filmed scenes on Tuesday.

In character: Helena Bonham Carter looked strikingly different as she transformed into Crossroads star Noele Gordon to shoot scenes for new ITV drama Nolly

In character: Helena Bonham Carter looked strikingly different as she transformed into Crossroads star Noele Gordon to shoot scenes for new ITV drama Nolly

She cut an elegant figure in a button-up fuchsia midi dress, which she teamed with a pair of black heeled shoes.

Helena accessorised her chic ensemble with a pearl necklace and fastened a gold floral brooch to her dress.

The Fight Club star appeared to be in good spirits as she flashed a wide smile in between takes and carried what appeared to be a teal garment in her arms. 

Nolly will explore the all-powerful reign and fall from grace of the inimitable Noele Gordon, who died in 1985.

Transformation: The actress, 55, is taking on the title role in Nolly, a brand new three-part drama penned by Russell T Davies

Star: Noele Gordon (pictured in 1970) became a household name on soap opera Crossroads

Transformation: The actress (left), 55, is taking on the title role of Noele Gordon (right) in Nolly, a brand new three-part drama penned by Russell T Davies

What a change: Helena looked almost unrecognisable as she sported a cropped brunette bob to transform into the late soap star as she filmed scenes on Tuesday

What a change: Helena looked almost unrecognisable as she sported a cropped brunette bob to transform into the late soap star as she filmed scenes on Tuesday

She was declared the ‘Queen of the Midlands’ thanks to iconic role as Meg Mortimer in Crossroads and was the darling of the establishment until it turned on her. 

As flame-haired widow Meg in the long-running soap opera Crossroads, Noele became one of the most famous people in Britain.

Then in 1981, at the height of the show’s success and the peak of her fame, she was axed without ceremony, without warning and with no explanation, with the soap eventually ending two years later.

With the boss’s words ‘all good things must come to an end’ ringing in her ears, Noele found herself thrown out of the show that was her life for over 18 years.

Smart: She cut an elegant figure in a button-up fuchsia midi dress which she teamed with a pair of black heeled shoes

Glitzy: Helena accessorised her ensemble with a pearl necklace and fastened a gold floral brooch to her dress

Smart: She cut an elegant figure in a button-up fuchsia midi dress which she teamed with a pair of black heeled shoes

Filming: Helena was joined by members of the cast and crew as they were busy shooting scenes for the three-part ITV series

Filming: Helena was joined by members of the cast and crew as they were busy shooting scenes for the three-part ITV series 

A love letter to a legend of television, and to the madcap soap she starred in, Nolly will be an entertaining ride through Noele’s most tumultuous years, and a sharp, affectionate and heart-breaking portrait of a forgotten icon.

Of the role, Helena said: ‘Noele Gordon was a fascinating, complex, brilliant and gutsy woman – none of which I knew before I read Russell T Davies’ script. 

‘I’m so thrilled to help tell Nolly’s long overdue and largely forgotten story. 

‘Russell’s screenplay is a work of brilliance and I hope I’ll do him and Nolly justice. I can’t wait to start.’

Nolly has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, who commented: ‘Russell’s scripts are magnificent and a great tribute to Noele Gordon, but also to our national love of soaps and a celebration of the incredible women they create. 

Soap star: Nolly will explore the all-powerful reign, and fall from grace, of the inimitable Noele Gordon (pictured with actor Roger Tonge), who died in 1985

Soap star: Nolly will explore the all-powerful reign, and fall from grace, of the inimitable Noele Gordon (pictured with actor Roger Tonge), who died in 1985

‘Helena Bonham Carter is going to be amazing as Nolly and we can’t wait for her to step into those shoes.’

Russell said: ‘One of my very first jobs in TV was a trial script for Crossroads, and I’ve wanted to write the story of behind the scenes on that show for 40 years. At last, the truth can be told!’  

Noele, who had previously had multiple roles in the theatre before landing her part in Crossroads, played Meg from 1964 to 1981, and later returned for a two-episode stint in 1983.

After she was dropped from the show, Noele’s ill health prevented her from accepting many more roles, and she died in 1985 at the age of 66.

Career: As Meg in the long-running soap opera Crossroads, Noele (pictured with Sue Hanson) became one of the most famous people in Britain until she was axed without ceremony

Career: As Meg in the long-running soap opera Crossroads, Noele (pictured with Sue Hanson) became one of the most famous people in Britain until she was axed without ceremony

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