Maxine Peake is to play comedian Marti Caine in a new film called Funny Cow
Marti rose to fame when she appeared on the New Faces talent show in 1975.
She beat Lenny Henry and Victoria Wood in that year’s competition.
She went on to sing in cabaret and musicals, as well as starring in BBC sitcom Hilary, which was written for her.
She died in 1995 aged 50 after a long battle with cancer.
Filming was taking place last week in the former mill village of Saltaire, near Bradford.
Marti rose to fame when she appeared on the New Faces talent show in 1975
Does this mean I’m a lymphomaniac?
Marti, born in Bolton, suffered a troubled childhood.
Her mother had problems with alcohol and she was abused by a grandparent.
Despite her difficult start in life, by the 1980s she was playing to sell-out audiences across the country, as well as returning to host New Faces. She was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1988 and campaigned tirelessly for cancer charities.
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The proceeds of her last album went to the Marti Caine Children With Leukaemia Trust. To the last she had a smile on her face, making a final BBC appearance in the year she died.
When her doctor gave her the news that she had a malignant lymphoma, she replied: “Does this mean I’m a lymphomaniac?”