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

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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, and grabbed her behind in one playful snap.

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

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 palette of Charlotte Tilbury 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

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

Strike a pose! Lily also posed for a slew of snaps inside the hotel after walking the blue carpet

Giggles: She giggled for the snaps inside while posing against a wall

Strike a pose! Lily also posed for a slew of snaps inside the hotel after walking the blue carpet

Belongings: She clutched onto a black crossbody bag outside of the event, which had a silver chain strap

Belongings: She clutched onto a black crossbody bag outside of the event, which had a silver chain strap

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

Just a few more: Following their red carpet reunion, Lily and Laura posed for even more snaps inside the central London venue

Party in the back: Turning to the back for one shot, Laura showed off the open-back detail of her dress

Just a few more: Following their red carpet reunion, Lily and Laura posed for even more snaps inside the central London venue

Fresh air: Lily and Laura exited the bash together too, both catching a chill in their open-backed gowns

Fresh air: Lily and Laura exited the bash together too, both catching a chill in their open-backed gowns

Photo op: The pair also took in a bright pink illuminated sign as the perfect picture opportunity

Catching the eye: The neon sign read 'luminous' as it sat on a completely pink tiled wall

Photo op: The pair also took in a bright pink illuminated sign as the perfect picture opportunity

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

Quartet: Lily, Laura, Eddie and Hannah all stopped for some pictures

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 added a pop of colour the lineup as her three counterparts were head-to-toe in black

Black or red? Lily added a pop of colour the lineup as her three counterparts were head-to-toe in black

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.

Group: Eddie and Hannah joined Jemima Khan and Bella Freud inside the bash as they all posed for a shot

Group: Eddie and Hannah joined Jemima Khan and Bella Freud inside the bash as they all posed for a shot

Suave: Eddie struck a quirky pose at the BFI event

Suave: Eddie struck a quirky pose at the BFI event

Home time: Eddie and Hannah exited the bash alongside one another, with the latter throwing a black blazer over her arm on departure

Sweet: The pair tied the knot back in 2014

Home time: Eddie and Hannah exited the bash alongside one another, with the latter throwing a black blazer over her arm on departure

Co-ordinating: Actors Tom Bateman and Daisy Ridley matched each other in chic black ensembles for the evening

Co-ordinating: Actors Tom Bateman and Daisy Ridley matched each other in chic black ensembles for the evening

Inside: Lily also posed alongside filmmaker Edgar Wright (left) and fellow actress Emily Beecham (right) inside the event

Chic: Emily went for a chic corduroy two-piece with a black and yellow design

Inside: Lily also posed alongside filmmaker Edgar Wright (left) and fellow actress Emily Beecham (right) inside the event

Couture: Emily paired her Chanel co-ord with velvet, pointed-toe heels and a complementing crossbody handbag

Couture: Emily paired her Chanel co-ord with velvet, pointed-toe heels and a complementing crossbody handbag

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

Glimmering: Taking to the carpet, the couple were all smiles - as Joan rocked a Hollywood look with her bouncy chocolate curls

Glimmering: Taking to the carpet, the couple were all smiles – as Joan rocked a Hollywood look with her bouncy chocolate curls

Statement: Rebel Wilson also made a grand entrance to the event in a bright pink satin midi dress

Bright: The dress featured a wrap-over design with a slightly off the shoulder fit, pairing nude heels

Statement: Rebel Wilson also made a grand entrance to the event in a bright pink satin midi dress

Colourful: She posed alongside Lisa Reuben Valk inside the event, who also stunned in a bright orange number

Colourful: She posed alongside Lisa Reuben Valk inside the event, who also stunned in a bright orange number

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.

It comes as Lily and her ex Matt Smith were seen leaving Chiltern Firehouse at 5am within minutes of each other after the BFI Luminous Gala. 

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

Arrivals: Screenwriter Jemima Khan (left) and director Gurinder Chadha (right) were also in attendance to the event, beaming alongside one another

Vibrant: Jemima donned a forest green midi dress while Gurinder went bright in a satin pink look

Arrivals: Screenwriter Jemima Khan (left) and director Gurinder Chadha (right) were also in attendance to the event, beaming alongside one another

Summer look: Trudie Styler opted for a floral mesh dress in nude for the event

Summer look: Trudie Styler opted for a floral mesh dress in nude for the event

Dapper: CEO of the British Film Institute Ben Roberts looked suave for the event as he attended with Hayley Atwell

Dapper: CEO of the British Film Institute Ben Roberts looked suave for the event as he attended with Hayley Atwell

Wow! Actress Hayley stunned in a burgundy gown with a one-sleeve design and dipped bust

Wow! Actress Hayley stunned in a burgundy gown with a one-sleeve design and dipped bust

(L to R) Amy Gardner, James Fabricant and Julia Baumhoff

(L to R) Amy Gardner, James Fabricant and Julia Baumhoff

The actress made a glamorous exit in the red dress she wore to the event and shortly after Matt emerged looking smart in a suit. 

Lily looked like she’d had a fun night as she left in the early hours of the morning, and covered her face as she exited before hopping into a cab with her pals. 

There is no suggestion that Lily and Matt are dating again.  

Lily continued to spark speculation she is engaged to her rockstar boyfriend Michael Schuman as she stepped out with a gold ring on her engagement finger on earlier this summer. 

Keeping her head down: Lily cut a dazzling figure as she later exited the event in her stunning red gown

All eyes on her: The actress caught the eye as she strutted out of the venue

Keeping her head down: Lily cut a dazzling figure as she later exited the event in her stunning red gown

Off she goes: Lily had a huge smile on her face as she made her way to her waiting car

Off she goes: Lily had a huge smile on her face as she made her way to her waiting car

All together: The star was surrounded by people as she was ushered out of the venue towards her car

All together: The star was surrounded by people as she was ushered out of the venue towards her car

There she goes: The star was was sandwiched between pals in the backseat of the car as she left the BFI event

There she goes: The star was was sandwiched between pals in the backseat of the car as she left the BFI event

Something to smile about: The beauty looked in great spirits as she made her way home

Something to smile about: The beauty looked in great spirits as she made her way home

Hard to miss: Rebel Wilson stood out from the crown in her bright pink satin dress

Looking great: The actress showcased her weight loos in the off-the-shoulder number

Hard to miss: Rebel Wilson stood out from the crown in her bright pink satin dress

Lovely: Morfydd Clark looked radiant in her white polka dot number

Lovely: Morfydd Clark looked radiant in her white polka dot number

Epitome of glamour: Joan Collins was typically stylish as she struck a pose at the event

Epitome of glamour: Joan Collins was typically stylish as she struck a pose at the event



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