Helena Bonham Carter set to play Noele Gordon in new Russell T Davies series Nolly

Helena Bonham Carter is set to play veteran Crossroads star Noele Gordon in a new ITV drama.

The actress, 55, will take on the title role in Nolly, a brand new three-part drama penned by Russell T Davies, and is set to begin filming in 2022.

Nolly will explore the all-powerful reign, and fall from grace, of the inimitable Noele Gordon, who was declared the ‘Queen of the Midlands’ thanks to iconic role as Meg Mortimer in Crossroads, the darling of the establishment until it turned on her and betrayed her.

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New role: Helena Bonham Carter is set to play iconic soap star Noele Gordon in a new ITV drama about her shocking axe from the soap 

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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Then in 1981, at the height of the show’s success and the peak of Nolly’s fame, she was axed without ceremony, without warning and with no explanation, with soap eventually being axed 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.

TV icon: Nolly will explore the all-powerful reign, and fall from grace, of the inimitable Noele Gordon, TV legend and Queen of the Midlands from Crossroads

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.

On 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. 

Exciting: Of the role Helena said: ‘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. 

‘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 accpting many more roles, and she died in 1985 at the age of 

Moving on: Helena has been dating ‘magic’ boyfriend Rye Holmboe, whom she revealed she met at a wedding two years ago  (pictured in June)