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Theatre judges Fall in love with Gillian's Desire to entertain

Gillian Anderson was the stand-out star at the glittering theatre awards in London last night.

The Evening Standard awards gala evening honoured the very best of talent on the stage and the acting world did not disappoint.

Power couple David and Victoria Beckham looked calm and relaxed just one day after the football star was involved in a car crash. Victoria wore a sleek black number while David opted for a classic tuxedo.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell shimmered in a gold full-length sequinned number while Sex and The City's Kim Cattrall looked particularly festive in a red floor-skimming evening gown.

However, The Fall actress Gillian Anderson cleaned up with the best actress gong - the Natasha Richardson award.

The former X Files actress wore a floor-length, black strapless gown with miniature yellow flower embellishment.

Anderson's performance in the Young Vic's A Streetcar Named Desire saw off competition from the likes of Kristin Scott Thomas and Billie Piper.

Tom Hiddleston won Best Actor for his performance in Coriolanus against competition from Ben Miles and Mark Strong. Singer Kate Bush ended her self-imposed exile from the showbiz world to collect a special editor's award for her Before the Dawn concert series at the Hammersmith Apollo.

Also attending the black tie event were actors Ian McKellen, Sienna Miller, Benedict Cumberbatch with fiancee Sophie Hunter and Vogue editor Anna Wintour. The ceremony was presented by Philomena actor Steve Coogan and comedian Rob Brydon.