Lily James and Gemma Arterton presented the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer at the 2018 BAFTA Awards.


On the red carpet, both actresses wore black dresses – James in a strapless Burberry gown, belted at the waste above a billowing lacy skirt, and Arterton in a floor-length gown that featured a single shoulder strap and a ruffled neckline.

Arterton spoke about the #MeToo movement with reporters before the show, and even arrived with Eileen Pullen and Gwen Davis, the women behind Made in Dagenham. The film is about the women who staged a three-week walkout of Ford’s plan in Dagenham in 1968 to protest for equal pay.

“I think an incredible amount of work has been done in an incredibly short space of time. There’s a real appetite for change and I think this is the moment. There’s so much more to do,” Arterton told reporters. “Over half of women in the U.K. have suffered sexual abuse so that’s something that needs changing, which is why we set up the fund to help anyone who has been sexually abused in the workplace and that’s a way we can keep moving this forward and move it further than just the entertainment.”

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James, on the other hand, sparked rumors about her relationship with The Crown star Matt Smith. The 28-year-old wore a diamond ring on her left ring finger for the event, giving the idea that the pair were engaged. The couple is notoriously quiet about their private life, but have been dating for about four years. Last year, James quashed rumors of engagement, telling The Sun on Sunday, “We’re not engaged yet, but it’s going very well.”

The Darkest Hour star also revealed that it is often annoying when she is spotted with Smith, 35, because of all the questions asked and photos taken.

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