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Helena Bonham Carter, Dominic West to play Liz Taylor, Richard Burton

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Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West are to play Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a new BBC drama.

The Les Misérables actress and the Wire actor will play the iconic movie stars in one-off 90-minute special Burton and Taylor for BBC Four.

Helena Bonham Carter attends The 2013 LA Film Critics Awards at InterContinental Hotel

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Helena Bonham Carter

Dominic West
John Carter film premiere held at the BFI Southbank - Arrivals.
London, England

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Dominic West



The story centres around the volatile ex-lovers' ill-fated appearance in a 1983 revival of Noel Coward's stage play Private Lives.

Him & Her director Richard Laxton will helm Burton and Taylor, which was announced by BBC controller of drama Ben Stephenson this evening (February 11).

Speaking about the BBC's latest drama commissions, Stephenson said: "It is about applying the Danny Boyle vision to our work - a bold, adventurous, authorial approach that exports because of its Britishness not despite it."

Taylor and Burton were recently portrayed on screen in Lifetime's biopic Liz & Dick, with Lindsay Lohan playing the Cleopatra star.

Photo gallery - Elizabeth Taylor's life in pictures:

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