First glimpse of Keeley Hawes playing real-life heroic cop in ITV’s ‘Honour’

First glimpse of Keeley Hawes playing real-life heroic cop in ITV’s ‘Honour’

09/13/2019

Here's the first glimpse of Keeley Hawes playing the real-life heroic cop who brought five men to justice for killing a female member of their own family.

In ITV's Honour, filming now, Keeley plays Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode, who discovered that Iraqi Kurdish Muslim Banaz Mahmod was the victim of an “honour killing” for falling in love with the wrong man.

The two-parter tells the powerful story of DCI Goode’s passionate search to discover the fate of missing 20-year old Londoner Banaz, whose own father and uncle were involved in her murder.

Following the true story, the drama shows how DCI Goode discovered Banaz had been to the police five times to report threats to her life from members of her own family.

Appalled that her own colleagues had missed multiple chances to save a young woman’s life and prevent a so-called “honour” killing, the police chief vowed not to rest until she got justice for Banaz.


The 20-year old had come to Britain aged 10 and been forced to marry a man against her wishes.

After years of abuse, she left him and fell in love with a man she chose, but her father, uncle and cousins decided she had brought shame on the family and set about murdering her in 2006.

Hawes, 43, best known for her roles in Line of Duty – where she played a cop – Bodyguard and The Durrells will be one of the executive producers on the drama, which is made in association with her company Buddy Club.


She told the Mirror: “In a time where honour killings are still rife, it is critical to shine a light on such an important subject. Banaz Mahmod's story, and DCI Goode’s subsequent investigation, is certainly one that needs to be told and I am proud to be a part of it.”

Writer Gwyneth Hughes said that the story, while devastating, is one that needs to be told. "Banaz Mahmod met her brutish death on the orders of her own father and uncle, which I find profoundly unsettling.


"That this story is ultimately so uplifting is down to the sheer heroism and dedication of the police officers who hunted down her killers.

"Caroline Goode and her team felt real love for this girl they’d never met. I found their unusual warmth and humanity deeply moving.”

ITV drama boss Polly Hill described the scripts as “beautiful and sensitive”.


Producer Liza Marshall agreed: "I feel privileged to bring Gwyneth’s sensitive and skilful script to screen and to shine a light on the bravery of Banaz and Caroline’s dedication to achieving justice for her.

" I am delighted that the team at ITV share our passion for this story and we couldn’t have hoped for a better actress than Keeley to take on this role."

The drama will be screened next year.

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