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Helena Bonham Carter films scenes as Crossroads icon Noele Gordon for 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 donned a auburn wig as she transformed into Crossroads icon Noele Gordon to continue filming Nolly in Manchester on Friday.

The actress, 56, wore a floral maxi dress which she topped with a striking red fur-trimmed coat.

Wow: Helena Bonham Carter wore a auburn wig as she transformed into Crossroads icon Noele Gordon to continue filming Nolly in Manchester on Friday

Wow: Helena Bonham Carter wore a auburn wig as she transformed into Crossroads icon Noele Gordon to continue filming Nolly in Manchester on Friday

The star added some height to her frame in a pair of black heeled dolly shoes adorned with a large silver necklace.

Later in the day, Helena changed her costume to a red two-piece with gold detailing around the brim.

She seemed excited when she was seen carrying a leather handbag with a white fluffy toy dog ​​in it.

In character: The actress, 56, donned a floral maxi dress which she covered with a striking red fur-lined jacket

In character: The actress, 56, donned a floral maxi dress which she covered with a striking red fur-lined jacket

She was joined on set by Silent Witness actor Richard Lintern, who looked smart in a navy blue double-breasted blazer that he paired with gray trousers.

He opted for a blue shirt and striped tie as he spoke to the production team between takes.

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.

Clever: She was joined on set by Silent Witness actor Richard Lintern, who looked smart in a navy blue double-breasted blazer that he paired with gray trousers

Clever: She was joined on set by Silent Witness actor Richard Lintern, who looked smart in a navy blue double-breasted blazer that he paired with gray trousers

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.

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.

Astonishing: Three-part drama Nolly starring Helena, written by Russell T Davies, will explore the almighty rule and fall from the grace of the inimitable Noele Gordon, who died in 1985

Astonishing: Three-part drama Nolly starring Helena, written by Russell T Davies, will explore the almighty rule and fall from the grace of the inimitable Noele Gordon, who died in 1985

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.

“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 to put her in those shoes.”

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)

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)

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.

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 Express: “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

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

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