There were more luvvies gathered in one room than at a Shakespeare convention when InStyle attended the Laurence Olivier Awards nominee lunch yesterday in London’s chic Haymarket Hotel. The annual Awards honour the best theatre shows and performances throughout the year (the swanky ceremony will be held on 21 March).
Keira Knightley (up for Best Supporting Actress for The Misanthrope) caused the biggest stir at the bash – she looked statuesque and elegant in head-to-toe Miu Miu (and yes, she’s exquisitely beautiful up close with perfect porcelain skin).
'I am a fully blown luvvie now,' she giggled to us. 'I went into doing the play with an extraordinary level of fear and to come out of it with an Olivier nomination is just beyond anything I could imagine!'
So how was it treading the boards with the gorgeous Damian Lewis as your co-star? 'He’s an absolute sweetheart!' she gushed. 'As it was my first time on stage, the whole cast, especially Damian, was so supportive and patient with me.'
But, most importantly, what will she wear to the awards ceremony? 'I’ve got no idea!' she admitted. 'Hopefully I’ll get sent a selection of lovely outfits - so that’ll be fun.'
We also bumped into friend of InStyle, gorgeous Jane Eyre and Small Island actress Ruth Wilson (also up for the Supporting Actress gong for A Streetcar Named Desire). 'I’m really excited to be nominated,' Ruth said. It was only the second professional production I’d ever done so it’s a great honour and privilege.'
Hayley Atwell stopped by to tell us that she fell off her bed when she heard she’d been nominated for her performance in A View From the Bridge. 'The producer of the show called me and I had to listen to his message about two or three times. I couldn’t believe it. I just feel very humbled by the whole thing,' she confessed.
'I’ve also worked with some of the other nominees before – like Keira and Ruth. Actually Ruth is a close friend”. So there’ll be no hair-pulling on the night if either of them win instead of you? 'No, not at all. In fact I’d be so happy if Ruth won!'
Check out our exclusive awards coverage in our June issue (on sale from 29 April).
By Danielle HIne