Baftas 2021: From Edith Bowman to Phoebe Dynevor, these are the best-dressed stars of the night

Coronavirus restrictions did not stop celebrities from donning their glad rags for the annual celebration of British cinema

Olivia Petter@oliviapetter1
Sunday 11 April 2021 20:56
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Much like everything else, this year’s Baftas were a little different than usual.

What would normally be a star-studded event, complete with a red carpet frequented by A-list actors and British royalty, and attended by the viewing public, was forced to adapt to the current climate and go almost completely virtual.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Bafta Awards was stretched across two evenings, Saturday 10 April and Sunday 11 April, but took place at the usual venue of the Royal Albert Hall.

But just because the event was a little more stripped back than usual, that doesn’t mean it was any less of a glamorous affair.

Presenters in attendance at the event itself included, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cynthia Erivo, Hugh Grant, Richard E Grant, Tom Hiddleston, and Felicity Jones, and each and everyone one of them dressed to the nines for what was, for many, their first red carpet appearance in more than a year due to the number of live events that have been cancelled as a result of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, nominees in attendance virtually included Vanessa Kirby, Riz Ahmed and Emerald Fennell.

From Phoebe Dynevor in an off-the-shoulder Louis Vuitton look to Celeste in a green gothic gown by Dilara Findikoglu, these were the best dressed celebrities at this year’s Baftas.

Phoebe Dynevor

The Bridgerton star chose an off-the-shoulder black gown by Louis Vuitton for the occasion that featured a puffed sleeve and a full skirt.

Dynevor accessories the look with statement jewels, including a diamond cocktail ring and diamond hoop earrings.

Renee Zellweger

The Judy actor wore a fitted strapless silvery blue gown for the evening, which she attended remotely from Los Angeles.

The dynamic frock came complete with a pointed double-layered bodice.

Zellweger accessorised the look with a simple gold studded bangle and also wore a pair of nude pointed stilettos.

Chiwetel Eijofor

The 12 Years a Slave star donned a black velvet single-breasted suit for the evening, pairing his look with a classic bow tie.

Vanessa Kirby

The British actor was up for a nomination for best actress for her performance in Pieces of a Woman.

While she did not attend the awards in person, Kirby still dressed for the occasion remotely, choosing a silver metallic fitted gown by Versace that featured thin spaghetti straps and a thigh-high slit.

Anna Kendrick

The American actor chose a pleated metallic gown by Zuhair Murad for her virtual appearance at this year’s Baftas.

The gown featured a fitted waist and a thigh-high slit.

Riz Ahmed

The actor was up for an award for his role in Sound of Metal, which tells the story of a heavy-metal drummer who begins to lose his hearing.

For the occasion, Ahmed chose an all-Prada look comprising a navy single-breasted wool and mohair suit, a patterned burgundy polo-neck jumper, and black brushed leather derby shoes.

Cynthia Ervio

The British actor and singer donned a bedazzled ensemble for the evening, opting for a cocktail dress with a sequin gold thigh-grazing skirt and a bejewelled long-sleeved bodice.

To top things off, Ervio wore a silver nose ring and gold diamond hoop earrings.

Rose Byrne

Bringing a dash of androgyny to the proceedings, the Australian actor chose a sparkling black tailored two-piece that featured a cropped jacket, complete with oversized satin lapels, with a plunging neckline.

The actor completed the look with a slick of red lipstick while her hair was styled in a dramatic side parting.

Emerald Fennell

The actor and director was nominated for Best Director for her debut feature film, Promising Young Woman, starring Carey Mulligan.

For the occasion, which Fennell attended remotely, she chose a custom white Roland Mouret gown in chevron organza.

Alan Kim

He might only be eight years old. but Minari star Alan Kim is quickly making a name for himself as a leading light in both the acting and fashion worlds.

Kim proved his credentials in the latter on Sunday evening in a Thom Browne grey suit.

Clara Amfo

The broadcaster opted for a simple black silk tailored look for this year’s Baftas.

The suit featured an oversized jacket with fringing on the lapels and a pair of loose-fitting straight-leg trousers.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas

The celebrity power couple showed up in their respective evening garb, with Chopra Jonas choosing her look straight from the Spanish label Pertegaz’s autumn/winter runway with a pair of white high-waisted billowing trousers topped with a crimson jacket covered in floral embroidery.

Jonas, meanwhile, opted for a classic black tuxedo with a bow tie.

Anna Elisabeth Eberstein and Hugh Grant

The Undoing star chose a traditional tuxedo and bow tie combination for the evening, while his wife, Anna, opted for a black high-neck bodycon dress featuring gold buttons on the shoulders.

Anna accessorised the look with a black monogrammed clutch from Saint Laurent.


The musician chose a deep sea green gown for the occasion that featured puffed shoulders and sleeves that double up as gloves.

The dress was custom-made by Turkish-British designer Dilara Findikoglu and came with a pleated skirt that featured strips of the same green fabric interspersed with black tulle.

A unique feature of the gown was the black embroidery that covers its bodice while also wrapping around Celeste’s neck to double as a necklace.

Edith Bowman

The broadcaster and host of Sunday’s proceedings chose a strapless navy blue gown by Roland Mouret for the event.

The dress featured a structured bodice with a slight slit to reveal her gold Gina high heels.

Corinne Bailey Ray

The singer chose a black and purple floral frock by Duro Olowu the the evening that featured a frilled hemline and bodice with thin straps.

Bailey Ray paired the dress with pointed black boots covered in studs.

David Oyelowo

The British actor and Selma star chose a simple navy blue single-breasted suit and tie for the Baftas.

He paired the ensemble with black velvet loafers.

Richard E Grant

The Can You Ever Forgive Me actor opted for a three-piece black suit for the Baftas, pairing a waistcoat with a matching blazer and pair of trousers.

Grant finished off his formal look with some classic lace-up brogues.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

The Morning Show star chose a fitted bejewelled silver gown by Louis Vuitton for the Baftas that came complete with a mesh top and a calf-skimming hemline.

Mbatha-Raw accessorised the sparkling look with a pair of silver strappy high heels and diamond jewellery.

Sophie Cookson

The British actor chose a full-length black velvet gown by Giorgio Armani for the evening that featured statement shoulder pads with sequin tassels.

Cookson styled her hair in a loose up-do and paired the dress with black satin pointed stilettos.

Tom Hiddleston

The Night Manager star mixed things up in with his tailoring by choosing a double-breasted black Ralph Lauren suit for the evening, where he will be presenting an award.

Hiddleston paired the suit with a classic white shirt and a bow tie.

James McAvoy

The Scottish actor added some pizzazz to his classic tailored like by wearing a pair of orange-tinted sunglasses on the red carpet.

The glasses might not have matched the rest of McAvoy’s more traditional awards season look - black suit and tie with satin lapels - but it certainly brought a dose of joy to the ensemble.

Keep an eye out as we update this page with more best-dressed celebrities.

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