Lily James is the epitome of chic in a red gown at the star-studded BFI Luminous Gala in London


Lily James exuded glamour on Thursday evening as she led the stars at the BFI Luminous Gala in London’s Leicester Square.

The actress, 33, posed up a storm on The Londoner Hotel’s red carpet as she donned a gorgeous ruby red gown with a slinky satin material and figure-hugging design.

Featuring a halter-neckline and a chic train, the number accentuated her physique- while boasting an open-panelled back. 

Gorgeous: Lily James, 33, was the epitome of chic on Thursday evening in a ruby red halter-neck gown as she posed up a storm at the star-studded BFI Luminous Gala in The Londoner Hotel

Lily’s auburn-hued tresses were gathered into a Hollywood-glam style bun, with two strands of hair left to frame her face.

She added a subtle palette of makeup for the appearance, lightly blushing her cheeks while adding a soft pink lip and black winged liner.

Posing over her shoulder on the blue carpet, the Mamma Mia star showed off the gorgeous gown’s design – with two thin straps gracing her mid-back, as the rest was bare. 

Working it: Posing over her shoulder on the blue carpet, the Mamma Mia star showed off the gorgeous gown's design - with two thin straps gracing her mid-back, as the rest was bare

All the way around: She appeared in high spirits while working the red carpet, giving a full 360 of the look

Working it: Posing over her shoulder on the blue carpet, the Mamma Mia star showed off the gorgeous gown’s design – with two thin straps gracing her mid-back, as the rest was bare

Figure enhancing: Featuring a halter-neckline and a chic train, the number accentuated her physique- while boasting an open-panelled back

Figure enhancing: Featuring a halter-neckline and a chic train, the number accentuated her physique- while boasting an open-panelled back

Hollywood glam: Lily's auburn-hued tresses were gathered into a glamorous high bun, with two strands of hair left to frame her face

Hollywood glam: Lily’s auburn-hued tresses were gathered into a glamorous high bun, with two strands of hair left to frame her face

Design: The dress came out at the hem, falling into an understated yet noticable train

Footwear: Lily added a pair of platformed black heels to elevate her height in the number, with only a glimpse of the shoes being spotted underneath the dress

Design: The dress came out at the hem, falling into an understated yet noticable train

Lily added a pair of platformed black heels to elevate her height in the number, with only a glimpse of the shoes being spotted underneath the dress. 

While she kept accesories to a minimal, but did add a spot of glitz with diamanté detailed mini hoop earrings.

And on the carpet, the beauty was reunited with former co-star Laura Carmichael – with the two ladies putting on a joyous display alongside one another while posing.

The actresses starred alongside each other on period drama Downton Abbey, with Lily portraying the character of Lady Rose Aldridge from 2012 to 2014, while Laura played Lady Edith between 2010 and 2015.

Complexion: She added a subtle palette of makeup for the appearance, lightly blushing her cheeks while adding a soft pink lip and black winged liner

Complexion: She added a subtle palette of makeup for the appearance, lightly blushing her cheeks while adding a soft pink lip and black winged liner

Camera shy? Lily put on a playful display on the carpet, holding her hands in the air while giggling

While she kept accesories to a minimal, but did add a spot of glitz with diamanté detailed mini hoop earrings.

Camera shy? Lily put on a playful display on the carpet, holding her hands in the air while giggling

Camera magic: Lily posed up a storm on the carpet, leading the stars at the glamorous event

Camera magic: Lily posed up a storm on the carpet, leading the stars at the glamorous event

Reunited: And on the carpet, the beauty was reunited with former co-star Laura Carmichael - with the two ladies putting on a joyous display alongside one another while posing

Reunited: And on the carpet, the beauty was reunited with former co-star Laura Carmichael – with the two ladies putting on a joyous display alongside one another while posing

Blast from the past: The actresses starred alongside each other on period drama Downton Abbey, with Lily portraying the character of Lady Rose Aldridge from 2012 to 2014, while Laura played Lady Edith between 2010 and 2015

Smiles: The ladies appeareed overjoyed to see one another

Blast from the past: The actresses starred alongside each other on period drama Downton Abbey, with Lily portraying the character of Lady Rose Aldridge from 2012 to 2014, while Laura played Lady Edith between 2010 and 2015

Close: Laughing, Lily wrapped two arms around her old friend as they got prepared for some pictures together

Close: Laughing, Lily wrapped two arms around her old friend as they got prepared for some pictures together

Laura also looked gorgoeus for the evening, as she sported a black textured dress with a mesh overlay and one-shoulded design.

Featuring a double spaghetti-strap on one side and a see-through skirt detail, Laura added open-toed black heels to her look – with her jaw-length blonde locks styled in a tousled curl for the evening.

She and Lily were all smiles on the carpet, as they greeted Fantastic Beasts actor Eddie Redmayne and his wife Hannah – with the quartet laughing and sharing hugs.

The bi-annual Luminous Gala celebrates British film and film talent of the past, present and future – raising funds for the British Film Institute’s education and events. 

Beauty: Laura sported a black textured dress with a mesh overlay and one-shoulded design with a a double spaghetti-strap

Beauty: Laura sported a black textured dress with a mesh overlay and one-shoulded design with a a double spaghetti-strap

Less is more: Similarily to Lily, she oped for a subtle palette of makeup - with blush tones and a soft but bright pink lip

Less is more: Similarily to Lily, she oped for a subtle palette of makeup – with blush tones and a soft but bright pink lip

Bombshell: Laura's jaw-length blonde locks styled in a tousled curl for the evening

Bombshell: Laura’s jaw-length blonde locks styled in a tousled curl for the evening

Pals: She and Lily were all smiles on the carpet, as they greeted actor Eddie Redmayne and his wife Hannah - with the quartet laughing and sharing hugs

All together: Lily leaned in for a hug with the Fantastic Beasts actor, as they all appaeared in high spirits

Pals: She and Lily were all smiles on the carpet, as they greeted actor Eddie Redmayne and his wife Hannah – with the quartet laughing and sharing hugs

Sweet: The quartet appeared close as they switched sides to hug one another at the bash

Sweet: The quartet appeared close as they switched sides to hug one another at the bash

Suited: Eddie looked smart in a black tuxedo with a matching bow-tie, while his wife Hannah opted for an above-the-knee black strapless dress

Black or red: Lily, Laura, Eddie and Hannah all stopped for some pictures - with Lily added. pop of colour to the lineup

Suited: Eddie looked smart in a black tuxedo with a matching bow-tie, while his wife Hannah opted for an above-the-knee black strapless dress

A host of other famous faces headed to the bash, including Dame Joan Collins and her husband of 20 years, Percy Gibson.

The 89-year-old looked ultra-glam in a square-neck black dress with a mesh organza puff sleeve and spotted design, alongside a host of bling jewels.

She and a beaming Percy, who donned a smart black tuxedo, appeared hand-in-hand while waving to onlookers on the blue carpet.

Famous faces: Dame Joan Collins also appeared with her husband of 20 years, Percy Gibson - as she sported a square-neck black dress with a mesh organza puff sleeve

Famous faces: Dame Joan Collins also appeared with her husband of 20 years, Percy Gibson – as she sported a square-neck black dress with a mesh organza puff sleeve

Still smitten: Adding a host of bling jewels to the look, she appeared hand-in-hand with her husband - who sported a black tuxedo

Still smitten: Adding a host of bling jewels to the look, she appeared hand-in-hand with her husband – who sported a black tuxedo

Simple but effective: Sabrina Dhowre Elba oozed class in a draping black gown, with it's dipped bust uncovering a velvet bustier underneath

Stunning: The long-sleeved number fell past her feet after ruching around the actress's waist

Simple but effective: Sabrina Dhowre Elba oozed class in a draping black gown, with it’s dipped bust uncovering a velvet bustier underneath

Extra: She amped up the look with a chunky pearl choker which took up her whole neck - keeping her dark locks swept back as all attention was on the look

Extra: She amped up the look with a chunky pearl choker which took up her whole neck – keeping her dark locks swept back as all attention was on the look

While Sabrina Dhowre Elba oozed class in a draping black gown, with it’s dipped bust uncovering a velvet bustier underneath.

She amped up the look with a chunky pearl choker which took up her whole neck – keeping her dark locks swept back as all attention was on the look.

Bold: Tilda Swinton went bold with a complete sequinned two-piece suit, with the oversized jacket featuring a silver button detail

Bold: Tilda Swinton went bold with a complete sequinned two-piece suit, with the oversized jacket featuring a silver button detail

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