Game of Thrones’ star Will Tudor and Ackley Bridge’s Poppy Lee Friar cast in new one-off film about Ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

The Dancing on Ice stars have said they are “honoured” to be the focus of a newly commissioned one-off drama.

It is believed that their humble beginnings in Nottingham to their Olympic success will be told in a two-hour film on ITV.

Will Tudor will portray Dean and Poppy Lee Friar will play Torvill in the film which has been penned by Made In Dagenham and Burton And Taylor writer William Ivory.
The ice dancing duo, who won gold at the 1984 Winter Olympics, spent hours being interviewed by Ivory, who has turned their real-life story into a screenplay.

It will also star Anita Dobson, Stephen Tompkinson and Jo Hartley in supporting roles.

Torvill and Dean said: “We feel very honoured that ITV have commissioned this film based on what was a very significant period in each of our lives.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed the time we have spent with William Ivory and the team at (production company) Darlow Smithson sharing experiences of our passion for skating, the life-long friendship that came through our sport and everything that it took to achieve our eventual goal of becoming Olympic champions.”

Ivory said: “It’s been such a privilege to work on this piece.

“Chris and Jayne are such fascinating characters: Sports people and athletes with all the grit and determination that entails, but real artists, too, engaging in deeply felt creative and emotional battles.”

Filming is due to begin later in July, ITV said.

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