Panel L-R: Helena Bonham Carter, Mark Gatiss, Nicola Shindler and Russell T Davies
Nolly has been commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, and will premiere on ITV’s brand new, free streaming service ITVX in 2023, before transferring to linear transmission months later. The first glimpse of Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA-winning actor Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown, Enola Holmes series 1 and 2, The King’s Speech, Harry Potter, Burton and Taylor) as Noele “Nolly” Gordon has been released as filming on the series commences.
Augustus Prew (The Morning Show, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power) joins the cast as Tony Adams, Nolly’s Crossroads co-star, devoted friend, confidante, and her occasional chauffer. Emmy and BAFTA-winner Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, League of Gentleman, Doctor Who) joins as inimitable entertainer Larry Grayson, who also shared a close and enduring friendship with Gordon.
Richard Lintern (Young Wallander, Silent Witness) is Ronnie Allen, who played Crossroads’ suave hotel manager David Hunter. Antonia Bernath (Downton Abbey, Dickensian) is Jane Rossington, who starred in Crossroads as Jill Richardson, Meg’s daughter. Clare Foster (The Crown, The Ex Wife) is Sue Lloyd, who played Barbara, wife of hotel manager David. Chloe Harris (Sherwood, The Spanish Princess) is Susan Hanson, who played Crossroads fan favourite Miss Diane. Lloyd Griffith (Ted Lasso, It’s A Sin) is Paul Henry, who for over a decade played Crossroads’ handyman Benny.
Con O’Neill (Happy Valley, Uncle) also joins the cast as Jack Barton, producer of Crossroads, and Tim Wallers (The Windsors, Belgravia) plays Barton’s boss, and ATV’s Controller of Programming, Charles Denton. Bethany Antonia (House of the Dragon, Stay Close, Get Even) joins the cast as Poppy Ngomo, a young actor thrown into the world of Crossroads.
Noele (or Nolly to her friends) was a legend in her own lifetime. As flame-haired widow Meg Richardson in the long-running soap opera Crossroads, she was one of the most famous people in Britain. 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 the boss’s words “all good things must come to an end” ringing in her ears, Noele Gordon found herself thrown out of the show that was her life for over 18 years.
Nolly launches exclusively on ITVX in 2023