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GQ Awards 2021: Maya Jama, Emily Atack and Laura Whitmore walk the red carpet

Ellie Goulding led the way as she joined Maya Jama, Winnie Harlow and model Alexa Chung at the GQ Men of the Year Awards, which was being held at Tate Modern in London on Wednesday evening.

The British singer, 34, cut a stunning figure in a plunging lilac gown, which featured different length sleeves and a mid length skirt, teamed with a pair of strappy green heels.

Ellie wore her blonde locks in soft waves and sported a glamorous coat of make-up in rosy hues, while she styled her outfit with a selection of delicate chain necklaces.

Lovely lilac: Ellie opted for muted pastel tones for her turn on the red carpet as the event resumed following the Covid pandemic

Lovely lilac: Ellie opted for muted pastel tones for her turn on the red carpet as the event resumed following the Covid pandemic

Stunning: A close-up of Ellie revealed her natural glow and accessory detailing

Stunning: A close-up of Ellie revealed her natural glow and accessory detailing

Meanwhile, TV host Maya, 27, pulled out all the stops for the occassion as she arrived wearing an eye-catching black beaded gown, which featured cut-out detailing across the chest and a fringed hem.

Maya’s showstopping dress was teamed with a pair of dazzling drop earrings, while she boosted her already statuesque frame with a pair of strappy heels while taking to the red carpet.

Maya wore her curly locks swept back in a neat ponytail, while she enhanced her naturally pretty visage with a glowing pallet of make-up in bronze hues. 

Dazzling: Maya's showstopping gown was teamed with a pair of dazzling drop earrings, while she boosted her already statuesque frame with a pair of strappy heels while taking to the red carpet

Dazzling: Maya's showstopping gown was teamed with a pair of dazzling drop earrings, while she boosted her already statuesque frame with a pair of strappy heels while taking to the red carpet

Dazzling: Maya’s showstopping gown was teamed with a pair of dazzling drop earrings, while she boosted her already statuesque frame with a pair of strappy heels while taking to the red carpet

Stunning: Maya wore her curly locks swept back in a neat ponytail, while she enhanced her naturally pretty visage with a glowing pallet of make-up in bronze hues

Stunning: Maya wore her curly locks swept back in a neat ponytail, while she enhanced her naturally pretty visage with a glowing pallet of make-up in bronze hues

Sizzling: Also looking sensational in a showstopping orange dress was American model Winnie Harlow, who turned heads as she stepped out of a car at the event

Sizzling: Also looking sensational in a showstopping orange dress was American model Winnie Harlow, who turned heads as she stepped out of a car at the event

Sizzling: Also looking sensational in a showstopping orange dress was American model Winnie Harlow, who turned heads as she stepped out of a car at the event

Purple princess! Alexa Chung looked stunning in a blue corset style dress and purple sequin skirt

Purple princess! Alexa Chung looked stunning in a blue corset style dress and purple sequin skirt

Purple princess! Alexa Chung looked stunning in a blue corset style dress and purple sequin skirt

Also looking sensational in a showstopping orange dress was American model Winnie Harlow, who turned heads as she stepped out of a car at the event.

The Bridgerton-style mini dress was certainly a unqiue choice for the evening and she teamed the look with a pair of glitzy sequin stilettos.

The former Americas Next Top model star wore her raven locks in a loose sleek style and sported a full face of make-up with a coat of orange eye shadow and a pink lip. 

Elsewhere, comedian Emily Atack, 31, cut a glamorous figure in a simple yet elegant black gown, which featured a strip of silver down the split of the thigh-high slit.

Dapper: Piers Morgan arrived with his wife Celia Walden

Sexy: Celia looked sensational in a black leather dress

Dapper: Piers Morgan arrived with his wife Celia Walden – who looked sensational in a black leather dress

Glowing: The Celebrity Juice panellist, who has recently split from her ex beau Jude Taylor, wore her blonde locks in beachy waves and opted for a heavy coat of make-up complete with a bold red lip

Glowing: The Celebrity Juice panellist, who has recently split from her ex beau Jude Taylor, wore her blonde locks in beachy waves and opted for a heavy coat of make-up complete with a bold red lip

Glowing: The Celebrity Juice panellist, who has recently split from her ex beau Jude Taylor, wore her blonde locks in beachy waves and opted for a heavy coat of make-up complete with a bold red lip

Rocking it: Emily's Celebrity Juice counterpart, Laura Whitmore, 36, stunned in a form-fitting jumpsuit with a metallic bow on the shoulder, as she arrived at the event with her husband Iain Stirling

Rocking it: Emily’s Celebrity Juice counterpart, Laura Whitmore, 36, stunned in a form-fitting jumpsuit with a metallic bow on the shoulder, as she arrived at the event with her husband Iain Stirling

Pose! Emily's Celebrity Juice counterpart, Laura Whitmore, 36, stunned in a form-fitting jumpsuit with a metallic bow on the shoulder, as she arrived at the event with her husband Iain Stirling

Pose! Emily's Celebrity Juice counterpart, Laura Whitmore, 36, stunned in a form-fitting jumpsuit with a metallic bow on the shoulder, as she arrived at the event with her husband Iain Stirling

Pose! Emily’s Celebrity Juice counterpart, Laura Whitmore, 36, stunned in a form-fitting jumpsuit with a metallic bow on the shoulder, as she arrived at the event with her husband Iain Stirling

Pins! Jack Whitehall's girlfriend Roxy Horner showcased her toned pins in an eye-catching animal print mini dress

Pins! Jack Whitehall's girlfriend Roxy Horner showcased her toned pins in an eye-catching animal print mini dress

Pins! Jack Whitehall’s girlfriend Roxy Horner showcased her toned pins in an eye-catching animal print mini dress

Kooky! Hana's boyfriend Rafferty opted for a unique look as he switched a suit jacket for a knitted cardigan

Kooky! Hana's boyfriend Rafferty opted for a unique look as he switched a suit jacket for a knitted cardigan

Kooky! Hana’s boyfriend Rafferty opted for a unique look as he switched a suit jacket for a knitted cardigan

The Celebrity Juice panellist, who has recently split from her ex beau Jude Taylor, wore her blonde locks in beachy waves and opted for a heavy coat of make-up complete with a bold red lip.

Emily’s Celebrity Juice counterpart, Laura Whitmore, 36, stunned in a form-fitting jumpsuit with a metallic bow on the shoulder, as she arrived at the event with her husband Iain Stirling.

The Love Island host was wearing a full face of make-up including a statement red lip, as she joined her tuxedo-wearing beau on the red carpet.

Looking good: Line Of Duty's Vicky McClure showcased her stunning frame in a monochrome mini dress

Looking good: Line Of Duty’s Vicky McClure showcased her stunning frame in a monochrome mini dress

The 24th GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2021 in association with BOSS saw a slew of stars scooping top prizes on Wednesday night as the ceremony saw the return of in-person attendees following the Covid pandemic.

The star-studded ceremony was hosted by actor Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina, with presenters including Winnie Harlow, Gary Lineker, Emma Corrin and Mabel announcing the winners of the coveted awards.

As well as receiving one of GQ’s coveted trophies, winners were treated to a £12,000 goodie bag, with treats such as dinner and a night’s stay in the swanky Nobu Hotel, a £200 Boss watch, a bottle of £80 Porte Noire Champagne and a flight on a semi-private plane.

Co-ordinated! TV host Joel Dommett and his wife Hannah Cooper were couple goals in their matching ensembles

So chic! Hannah wowed in a cropped waistcoast and tailored trousers

Co-ordinated! TV host Joel Dommett and his wife Hannah Cooper were couple goals in their matching ensembles

Other prizes also include membership to the prestigious Ivy Club, a luxury facial with Fatma Shaheen, founder of Skin Design London, and an array of skincare delights.

It had been previously announced that Sir Anthony Hopkins would receive The Legend Award, and ahead of the ceremony the Oscar winner gave an interview with the publication.

During the interview he urged budding actors ‘not to waste their money’ on acting school.

He insisted: ‘Don’t waste your money. They’re failed actors that set themselves up as gurus.’

So chic! Vivienne Westwood looked effortlessly stylish as always in a green blouse and tweed waistcoat

Lady in red! Raye looked lovely in a red gown with floral detailing

So chic! Vivienne Westwood looked effortlessly stylish as always in a green blouse and tweed waistcoat

Stunning: Ronan Keating and his wife Storm were every inch the golden couple as they arrived on the red carpet

Stunning: Ronan Keating and his wife Storm were every inch the golden couple as they arrived on the red carpet

My lady! Idris Elba looked handsome in an all black suit as he attended with his wife Sabrina Dhowre

My lady! Idris Elba looked handsome in an all black suit as he attended with his wife Sabrina Dhowre

My lady! Idris Elba looked handsome in an all black suit as he attended with his wife Sabrina Dhowre

Fierce! Sabrina looked incredible in a Bardot style dress with a leopard print pattern

 Fierce! Sabrina looked incredible in a Bardot style dress with a leopard print pattern

Very velvet! Erin O'Connor opted for androgynous chic in a purple velvet three piece suit

Very velvet! Erin O'Connor opted for androgynous chic in a purple velvet three piece suit

Very velvet! Erin O’Connor opted for androgynous chic in a purple velvet three piece suit

Man of the hour! Ed attended the ceremony following his recent success with smash hit Bad Habits

Man of the hour! Ed attended the ceremony following his recent success with smash hit Bad Habits

Man of the hour! Ed attended the ceremony following his recent success with smash hit Bad Habits

He added when speaking to the magazine ahead of its ceremony: ‘There’s one very well-known actor with an acting class here in Los Angeles and he’s the star of the show!

‘And all these other students sitting around paying their fees and he’s the star! He’s on stage with them, interrupting them, being rude to them. No, you don’t do that.’

Anthony also candidly discussed his decision to leave the National Theatre, explaining: ‘That’s one of the reasons I left the National Theatre – we had a particular director who was very picky.

Taking direction: Quentin Tarantino wore a navy suit and shirt for his appearance on the red carpet

Taking direction: Quentin Tarantino wore a navy suit and shirt for his appearance on the red carpet

Taking direction: Quentin Tarantino wore a navy suit and shirt for his appearance on the red carpet

Double act: Gary and George Lineker both opted for smart ensembles at the event

Double act: Gary and George Lineker both opted for smart ensembles at the event

Suited and booted: Nicola Adams attended the event with her girlfriend Ella Baig

Suited and booted: Nicola Adams attended the event with her girlfriend Ella Baig

‘And that’s one of the reasons that I would be angry. This was in my days of raging paranoia and I warned one director, ”You ever speak to me like that again I’ll punch your face in”.’ 

He then quipped: ‘Obviously, I don’t do that any more.’

It was announced in July that Idris and his wife Sabrina would present the ceremony, with the actor saying: ‘In their various ways, the GQ Men Of The Year award winners have kept all of our spirits up throughout one of the most difficult years and we are very much looking forward to celebrating with them – and hosting a great party!’ 

Classic: Jamie Redknapp looked typically suave in a black tuxedo and white shirt for the occassion

Classic: Jamie Redknapp looked typically suave in a black tuxedo and white shirt for the occassion

Adam Peaty and Eirianedd Munro

Tom Dean (R) with his partner Catherine Ross

Coupled up: Adam Peaty and Eirianedd Munro were joined by Tom Dean (R) with his partner Catherine Ross at the event

Showstoppers: Alex Scott sported a pair of very interesting black shoes with chunky gold heels

Showstoppers: Alex Scott sported a pair of very interesting black shoes with chunky gold heels

Smouldering: KSI also opted for the classic black suit and bow-tie combination

Smouldering: KSI also opted for the classic black suit and bow-tie combination

Smouldering: KSI also opted for the classic black suit and bow-tie combination

Ahead of this year’s awards, Nick Sargent, chief business officer of culture at Condé Nast Britain and publishing director of British GQ, said: ‘After the unprecedented year we’ve had, I’m thrilled to announce the return of the Men Of The Year Awards for 2021 as a live event. 

‘Even though our virtual event last year was a huge success, it’s exciting to be able to come together again in person to celebrate the incredible talent who best represent GQ and continue to push the boundaries on the world’s cultural stage. It will be a night to remember.’

Last year’s GQ Men Of The Year was presented by Jack Whitehall and took place virtually due to the Covid pandemic, with many stars accepting their prizes in pre-recorded clips that formed the ceremony, which was streamed live on YouTube. 

Glittering: Cush Jumbo opted for a chainmail-style top and black trousers

Glittering: Cush Jumbo opted for a chainmail-style top and black trousers

Glittering: Cush Jumbo opted for a chainmail-style top and black trousers

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