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 Aisling Bea attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Aisling Bea attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

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Laura Whitmore arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017

Laura Whitmore arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017

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Joanna Lumley, winner of the Fellowship Award, poses in the Winner's room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Photo: GETTY

Joanna Lumley, winner of the Fellowship Award, poses in the Winner's room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Photo: GETTY

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Tess Daly arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

Tess Daly arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

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Holly Willoughby arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

Holly Willoughby arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

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Joan Collins at the Bafta ceremony in London. Photo: PA

Joan Collins at the Bafta ceremony in London. Photo: PA

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Eleanor Tomlinson arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

Eleanor Tomlinson arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

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Suranne Jones arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

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Aisling Bea attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Stars of the TV world braved the rain as the heavens opened during the Bafta TV Awards red carpet in London.

The event had got off to a summery start, as celebrities including Irish actress and stand-up Aisling Bea, presenter Laura Whitmore, Holly Willoughby, Eleanor Tomlinson and Tess Daly took the spring sunshine as an opportunity to shrug off sleeves and swap basic black for some pretty pastels.

This Morning star Willoughby turned heads in a fitted pale-turquoise dress by Roland Mouret.

Poldark actress Eleanor Tomlinson was also among the stars of the carpet, dazzling in a flowery dress with a plunging neckline.

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Laura Whitmore arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017

Laura Whitmore arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017

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Laura Whitmore arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017

Actress Amy Nuttall was among the first to arrive, looking cool and sophisticated in a pale-blue satin skirt.

She teamed it with a slightly cropped top that showed off a flash of her stomach.

TV star Daly dazzled in a pale pink strapless dress, looking fresh as a daisy with her blonde hair up.

Former X-Files star Gillian Anderson did not let the fact she arrived on crutches detract from the glamour, and provided one of the fashion highlights in her sophisticated floral monochrome frock.

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Tess Daly arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

Tess Daly arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

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Tess Daly arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

TV veterans Joanna Lumley and Joan Collins were later arrivals.

Lumley (71), who was honoured with a Bafta Fellowship at the ceremony, was the picture of sophistication in a black and grey dress by Alexander McQueen.

Joan (83) sparkled in a glittering silver column, with some serious bling on her ears, hands and neck.

Strictly star Katya Jones walked the carpet in a bold floor-length dress adorned with black sequins.

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Holly Willoughby arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

Holly Willoughby arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

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Holly Willoughby arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

Jones and her Strictly partner Ed Balls were on the carpet as the rain started. Balls quipped: "There are moments in Britain where no umbrella is up to it."

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 Aisling Bea attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Aisling Bea attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

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Laura Whitmore arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017

Laura Whitmore arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017

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Joanna Lumley, winner of the Fellowship Award, poses in the Winner's room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Photo: GETTY

Joanna Lumley, winner of the Fellowship Award, poses in the Winner's room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Photo: GETTY

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Tess Daly arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

Tess Daly arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

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Holly Willoughby arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

Holly Willoughby arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

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Joan Collins at the Bafta ceremony in London. Photo: PA

Joan Collins at the Bafta ceremony in London. Photo: PA

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Eleanor Tomlinson arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

Eleanor Tomlinson arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

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Suranne Jones arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

Suranne Jones arriving for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 held at Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London. Photo: PA

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Anna Passey attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

Anna Passey attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

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Charlotte Hawkins attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

Charlotte Hawkins attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

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Charlotte Riley attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

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Scarlett Moffatt attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

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Jodie Comer attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

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Scarlett Moffatt attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Scarlett Moffatt attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

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Aisling Bea attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

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