Keeley Hawes is seen on the set of crime drama Honour for the first time as she plays real-life detective who brought FIVE killers to justice in tragic killing of Banaz Mahmod

  • Banaz was murdered by her father and two others in 2006. Three other men were also convicted of her murder
  • She 'dishonoured' her father after leaving an abusive marriage and falling in love with Rahmat Sulemani, another man from a different Kurdish clan
  • The 20-year-old was garroted with a bootlace, before her body was stuffed in a suitcase and buried her under a freezer 
  • Sulemani never recovered from the death of his girlfriend and committed suicide in 2016, after reportedly telling police there was 'no life' for him

Keeley Hawes has been seen on the set of the new ITV crime drama, Honour, for the first time. 

The actress, 43, is taking on the role of Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode, who brought five killers to justice in the tragic true story of Banaz Mahmod - the young Londoner murdered by her own family for falling in love with the wrong man.

Clad in a slick professional ensemble, the star was seen getting hounded by actors playing members of the press as cameras rolled in London on Sunday.  

Cameras rolling: Keeley Hawes, 43, has been seen on the set of the new ITV crime drama, Honour, for the first time

Cameras rolling: Keeley Hawes, 43, has been seen on the set of the new ITV crime drama, Honour, for the first time

In one scene, Keeley was dressed in a navy suit as she exited the courthouse while being pursued by inquisitive journalists. 

Proving to be a busy day, Keeley changed into a pencil skirt and blouse, while wrapping up in her outerwear. 

Speaking during the announcement of the project in July, the Bodyguard star - who will also serves as executive produce of the project, which is being made in association with her company Buddy's Club - enthused: 'It is a privilege to be working on Honour as Buddy Club's first-ever project.

'In a time where honour killings are still rife, it is critical to shine a light on such an important subject.

Tragic story: The actress is playing the role of Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode (L), who brought five killers to justice in the true story of Banaz Mahmod (R), who was murdered by her own family for falling in love with the wrong man
Tragic story: The actress is playing the role of Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode (L), who brought five killers to justice in the true story of Banaz Mahmod (R), who was murdered by her own family for falling in love with the wrong man

Tragic story: The actress is playing Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode (L), who brought five killers to justice in the true story of Banaz Mahmod (R), who was murdered by her own family for falling in love with the wrong man

In character: Clad in a slick professional ensemble, the star was seen getting hounded by actors playing members of the press as cameras rolled in London on Sunday

In character: Clad in a slick professional ensemble, the star was seen getting hounded by actors playing members of the press as cameras rolled in London on Sunday

In one scene: Keeley was dressed in a navy suit as she exited the courthouse while being pursued by inquisitive journalists

In one scene: Keeley was dressed in a navy suit as she exited the courthouse while being pursued by inquisitive journalists

Switching it up: Proving to be a busy day, Keeley changed into a pencil skirt and blouse, while wrapping up in her outerwear

Switching it up: Proving to be a busy day, Keeley changed into a pencil skirt and blouse, while wrapping up in her outerwear

'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.'

DCI Goode discovered Banaz had been to police five times to report threats to her life from members of her family, and the policewoman vowed she wouldn't rest until she got justice for her.

Gwyneth Hughes, who has written the script, said: 'Banaz Mahmod met her brutish death on the orders of her own father and uncle, which I find profoundly unsettling. 

'This story shows 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.'

New project: The Bodyguard star also serves as executive produce of the project, which is being made in association with her company Buddy's Club

New project: The Bodyguard star also serves as executive produce of the project, which is being made in association with her company Buddy's Club

Intense: Keeley was seen making the most of her breaks as she filmed the heavy scenes

Intense: Keeley was seen making the most of her breaks as she filmed the heavy scenes 

'It is a privilege': Keeley enthused about the project when it was announced in July

'It is a privilege': Keeley enthused about the project when it was announced in July

Heartbreak: Speaking further about the crime drama, Keeley revealed: 'In a time where honour killings are still rife, it is critical to shine a light on such an important subject'

Heartbreak: Speaking further about the crime drama, Keeley revealed: 'In a time where honour killings are still rife, it is critical to shine a light on such an important subject'

Real life: DCI Goode discovered Banaz had been to police five times to report threats to her life from members of her family

Real life: DCI Goode discovered Banaz had been to police five times to report threats to her life from members of her family

Banaz, who will be played by newcomer Buket Komur, was brutally murdered on the orders of her father and uncle, at her home in Mitcham, south London, at the age of 20, in 2005.

She 'dishonoured' her father after leaving an abusive marriage and falling in love with Rahmat Sulemani, another man from a different Kurdish clan.    

Banaz was garroted with a bootlace, before her body was stuffed in a suitcase and buried her under a freezer.

Battle: The policewoman vowed she wouldn't rest until she got justice for her

Battle: The policewoman vowed she wouldn't rest until she got justice for her

Tragic: Banaz, who will be played by newcomer Buket Komur, was brutally murdered on the orders of her father and uncle, at her home in Mitcham, south London, at the age of 20, in 2005

Tragic: Banaz, who will be played by newcomer Buket Komur, was brutally murdered on the orders of her father and uncle, at her home in Mitcham, south London, at the age of 20, in 2005

Upsetting: She 'dishonoured' her father after leaving an abusive marriage and falling in love with Rahmat Sulemani, another man from a different Kurdish clan

Upsetting: She 'dishonoured' her father after leaving an abusive marriage and falling in love with Rahmat Sulemani, another man from a different Kurdish clan

Disgrace: [L to R] Mohammed Ali, Omar Hussain and Mahmod, who were all found guilty for the murder of Banaz, 20, in 2006 after she fell in love with a man disapproved of by her family

Disgrace: [L to R] Mohammed Ali, Omar Hussain and Mahmod, who were all found guilty for the murder of Banaz, 20, in 2006 after she fell in love with a man disapproved of by her family

Mr Sulemani never recovered from the death of his beloved girlfriend and committed suicide in 2016, after reportedly telling police there was 'no life' for him.

Her father and brother were jailed for life in 2007, after being found guilty for their part.

Three years later, Omar Hussain and Mohamad Saleh Ali, who carried out the killing, were extradited from Iraq and given life sentences while a third man, Mohamad Hama, admitted murder.

Honour is set to air in 2020 and will play out in two hour-long episodes.

Upcoming: Honour is set to air in 2020 and will play out in two hour-long episodes

Upcoming: Honour is set to air in 2020 and will play out in two hour-long episodes

Keeley Hawes is seen on the set of crime drama Honour based on tragic killing of Banaz Mahmod

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