Helena Bonham Carter dons a ginger wig and cream dress while filming ITV series Nolly in Manchester
She has been in Manchester for the past few weeks filming for a new ITV drama.
And Helena Bonham Carter wore a ginger wig as she transformed into Crossroads icon Noele Gordon to continue filming Nolly in the northern town on Friday.
The 56-year-old actress wore a cream puff-sleeved midi dress, which she paired with a matching silk scarf, while shooting in the Martins Bank building which also serves as ATV Studios in London.
Emerging: Helena Bonham Carter wore a ginger wig as she transformed into Crossroads icon Noele Gordon to continue filming Nolly in Manchester on Friday
She kept it casual with a pair of brown sneakers while holding her cell phone and glasses.
Three-part drama Nolly, written by Russell T Davies, will explore the almighty rule and fall from the grace of the inimitable Noele Gordon, who died in 1985.
Voted the ‘Queen of the Midlands’ thanks to the iconic role as Meg Mortimer in Crossroads, Noele was the darling of the establishment until it turned against her.
As flame-haired widow Meg in the long-running soap opera Crossroads, Noele became one of the most famous people in Britain.
Looks good: The 56-year-old actress wore a cream puff-sleeved midi dress, which she paired with a matching silk scarf
In action: she shot at the Martins Bank building which also serves as ATV Studios in London
Then, in 1981, at the height of the show’s success and the height of her fame, she was fired without ceremony, without warning, and without 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 kicked out of the show that was more than 18 years her life.
A love letter to a television legend and to the crazy soap she starred in. Nolly will be an entertaining ride through Noele’s most tumultuous years, and a sharp, affectionate and heartbreaking portrait of a forgotten icon.
About the role, Helena said: ‘Noele Gordon was a fascinating, complex, brilliant and courageous woman – about whom I knew nothing before reading the script by Russell T Davies.
Seriously, the Charlie And The Chocolate Factory star cast a stern expression as she walked through the set
Stylish: She kept it casual with a pair of brown sneakers while holding her cell phone and glasses
Busy Bees: Antonia Bernath plays Jane Rossington, who starred in Crossroads as Jill Richardson, donned in a fluffy coral bathrobe while an elderly man cut a stone suit
“I am thrilled to help tell Nolly’s long-awaited and largely forgotten story.
“Russell’s screenplay is a brilliant piece of work and I hope I will do justice to him and Nolly. I can’t wait to get started.’
Nolly was commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, who commented: ‘Russell’s scripts are beautiful and a great tribute to Noele Gordon, as well as to our national love of soap operas and a celebration of the incredible women who create them.
“Helena Bonham Carter is going to be amazing as Nolly and we can’t wait for her to step into those shoes.”
Wow! A vintage green car sat above a towing truck before being used on set
Russell said: “One of my very first jobs in TV was a pilot script for Crossroads, and I’ve wanted to write the behind-the-scenes story on that show for 40 years. Finally the truth can be told!’
Noele, who had previously had multiple roles in theater 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 age 66.
Throwback: Voted the ‘Queen of the Midlands’ thanks to the iconic role as Meg Mortimer in Crossroads, Noele was the darling of the establishment until it turned on her (pictured in 1981)
However, the casting of Helena in the titular role did not go down well with everyone.
Angela Webb, 64, who played Iris Scott in the drama from 1980 to 1985, told… the mirror: ‘This is really bizarre. Someone who writes a biopic about her who doesn’t know her or has experienced her… I’m worried.’
“She wouldn’t be my first choice. Nolly was stately and strong, Celtic, with piercing blue eyes. Helena is short, dark-haired, with dark eyes.
I hope she met people who knew Noele and get advice about the presence she had. I’d be huge for that.’
Exciting: As flame-haired widow Meg in the long-running soap opera Crossroads, Noele became one of the most famous people in Britain