Line of Duty star Keeley Hawes, 44, is set to star in upcoming ITV crime-drama Honour, based on the murder of 20-year-old Banaz Mahmod who was murdered in a so-called honour killing by her cousins and their friend, on the orders of her father and uncle in 2006. The murder shook the nation after police found her body in a zip-up suitcase concealed under an abandoned freezer in a back garden in the West Midlands.
Already the scenes are hard to imagine, but Hawes knew immediately she wanted to be apart of retelling Banaz’s story.
“I couldn’t get it out of my head,” she said in a recent interview.
“I’m embarrassed to say that I had no idea about the story of Banaz before I saw the script. But as soon as I had read it, I knew I wanted to be a part of this drama.”
The former Spooks actress portrays Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode in the new two-part drama, but the senseless ghastly events that unravelled 14-years ago, were hard to film, even for a seasoned actress such as Hawes.
“There is actually footage of Banaz and her interviews at the police station. It also features Caroline and her team.
“It was very unusual to have that chance to see the people that you’ve just read about brought to life in a documentary.”
But one thing she hoped ITVs recreation had done was tell the true story of Banaz, after her sister Payzee admitted she was unhappy with the emphasis on the police.
“I truly hope that Payzee feels we have honoured her sister,” the actress noted.