Thursday 17 January 2019

Mary Poppins Returns might very well be the best red carpet premiere of the year

(L to R) Emily Blunt, Dawn O'Porter and Chris O'Dowd, and Meryl Streep at the Mary Poppins Returns world premiere in London
(L to R) Emily Blunt, Dawn O'Porter and Chris O'Dowd, and Meryl Streep at the Mary Poppins Returns world premiere in London
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Movie premieres are always a particular anomaly.

In Ireland, the local bosses of production studios like Universal and Paramount throw regular screenings in Dublin, in which the guestlist is largely comprised of media types, save for, the rare occasion where bigwigs will be flown in to promote the film on a more local level. But Leicester Square in London is the home to the UK premiere scene and last night's showing of Mary Poppins Returns, a critically acclaimed adaptation to the 1964 Disney classic truly summed up the odd mixture that is the modern movie premiere guestlist - after all, when else would you see Meryl Streep at the same event as last year's I'm A Celebrity winner Georgia Toffolo?

British-US actor Emily Blunt poses upon arrival to attend the European premiere of the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP)
British-US actor Emily Blunt poses upon arrival to attend the European premiere of the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP)

Last night's event saw Emily Blunt sashay down the blue carpet in a silk Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown, confirming her worthy status as a Vogue cover star, alongside co-stars Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli, living Hollywood legend Meryl Streep in an Elie Saab combination and Hamilton superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda

On the other side of the coin, the big non-film related attraction was Kelly Brook and fiancé Jeremy Parisi, alongside reality tv stalwarts like TOWIE's Lydia Bright and Made in Chelsea's Kimberley Garner. And there was even an Irish element! Roscommon native Chris O'Dowd, who has a cameo as a dog in the film, was joined by his wife of six years, broadcaster Dawn O'Porter.

It truly was an occasion that had it all.

For all the pictures from the premiere, check out our gallery below:

Livia Giuggioli and Colin Firth attend the European Premiere of
Livia Giuggioli and Colin Firth attend the European Premiere of "Mary Poppins Returns" at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
British-US actor Emily Blunt poses upon arrival to attend the European premiere of the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP)
Emily Blunt attends the European Premiere of "Mary Poppins Returns" at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Damian Lewis attends the European Premiere of "Mary Poppins Returns" at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Georgia Toffolo attends the European Premiere of "Mary Poppins Returns" at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Clara Paget attends the European Premiere of "Mary Poppins Returns" at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Kimberley Garner attends the European Premiere of "Mary Poppins Returns" at Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Emily Blunt attends the "Mary Poppins Returns" European Premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Disney)
Dawn O'Porter and Chris O'Dowd attend the "Mary Poppins Returns" European Premiere after party at the Victoria and Albert Museum on December 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Disney)
Emily Blunt attends the "Mary Poppins Returns" European Premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Disney)
Dawn O'Porter and Chris O'Dowd attend the "Mary Poppins Returns" European Premiere after party at the Victoria and Albert Museum on December 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Disney)
Dawn O'Porter and Chris O'Dowd attend the "Mary Poppins Returns" European Premiere after party at the Victoria and Albert Museum on December 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Disney)
Nathalie Emmanuel attends the "Mary Poppins Returns" European Premiere after party at the Victoria and Albert Museum on December 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Disney)
Lin-Manuel Miranda attends the "Mary Poppins Returns" European Premiere after party at the Victoria and Albert Museum on December 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Disney)
Livia Giuggioli and Colin Firth attend the "Mary Poppins Returns" European Premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Disney)
British-US actor Emily Blunt poses upon arrival to attend the European premiere of the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP)
British-US actor Emily Blunt poses upon arrival to attend the European premiere of the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP)
British actor Colin Firth (R) and his wife Livia pose upon arrival to attend the European premiere of the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP)
British actor Colin Firth (R) and his wife Livia pose upon arrival to attend the European premiere of the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP)
British-US actor Emily Blunt poses upon arrival to attend the European premiere of the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP)
British actor Emily Mortimer poses upon arrival to attend the European premiere of the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP)
Kelly Brook (R) and Jeremy Parisi (L) pose upon arrival to attend the European premiere of the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP)
British model Kelly Brook poses upon arrival to attend the European premiere of the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP)
Irish actor Chris O'Dowd poses upon arrival to attend the European premiere of the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP)
British actor Maisie Williams poses upon arrival to attend the European premiere of the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP)
US actor Meryl Streep poses upon arrival to attend the European premiere of the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP)
US actor Meryl Streep poses upon arrival to attend the European premiere of the film 'Mary Poppins Returns' at The Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Niklas HALLEN / AFP)
Emily Canham attending the Mary Poppins Returns European Premiere held at the Royal Albert Hall, London
Amber Le Bon attending the Mary Poppins Returns European Premiere held at the Royal Albert Hall, London
Sophie Hermann attending the Mary Poppins Returns European Premiere held at the Royal Albert Hall, London
Lucy Fallon attending the Mary Poppins Returns European Premiere held at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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