Joanne Froggatt sizzles in sultry gown at Empire Awards


She became the nation’s sweetheart playing head housemaid Anna Smith in beloved drama Downton Abbey.

Now putting her maid’s costume firmly back in the closet, Joanne Froggatt looked sensational as she arrived at the 2017 Empire Awards on Sunday in the Roundhouse alongside her former ITV co-star Laura Carmichael.

The 36-year-old Golden Globe winner slipped into a plunging number, slashed to her navel as she stepped foot on the red carpet.

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Slinky: Joanne Froggatt looked sensational as she arrived at the 2017 Empire Awards on Sunday in the Roundhouse

Slinky: Joanne Froggatt looked sensational as she arrived at the 2017 Empire Awards on Sunday in the Roundhouse

Her cleavage accentuating look showcased her delicate decolletage while she stylishly rolled her sleeves to her elbows to offset her sequin skirt.

Joanne’s full-length semi-sheer skirt featured panels of eye-catching sequin that was sure to dazzle event goers.

The waist-cinching highlighted her hourglass frame while hinting at her honed pins through the black mesh.

Injecting height into her look, she slipped on a pair of stiletto heels as she sashayed up the carpet with her husband James Cannon.

Navel number: The 36-year-old Golden Globe winner slipped into a plunging number, slashed to her navel as she stepped foot on the red carpet

Navel number: The 36-year-old Golden Globe winner slipped into a plunging number, slashed to her navel as she stepped foot on the red carpet

Style maven: Her cleavage accentuating look showcased her delicate decolletage while she stylishly rolled her sleeves to her elbows to offset her sequin skirt
In the pink: Former ITV co-star Laura Carmichael looked eclectic in her pink dress

Style mavens: Her cleavage accentuating look showcased her delicate decolletage while she stylishly rolled her sleeves to her elbows to offset her sequin skirt alongside her former ITV co-star Laura Carmichael (R)

Darling: Injecting height into her look, she slipped on a pair of stiletto heels as she sashayed up the carpet with her husband James Cannon

Darling: Injecting height into her look, she slipped on a pair of stiletto heels as she sashayed up the carpet with her husband James Cannon

She accessorised her skin-flashing look with a satin clutch while working her golden tresses into a soft curl.

Making a style statement, Laura, 30, was fashionable in her calf-length look which boasted a fashion flare with a waist showcasing peplum. 

Her intricate print dress showcased a detail crystal beading around the neckline while she edged up her look with a pair of letter accented strappy leather heels.

Pretty in pink: Making a style statement, Laura, 30, was fashionable in her calf-length look which boasted a fashion flare with a waist showcasing peplum
Pretty in pink: Making a style statement, Laura, 30, was fashionable in her calf-length look which boasted a fashion flare with a waist showcasing peplum

Pretty in pink: Making a style statement, Laura, 30, was fashionable in her calf-length look which boasted a fashion flare with a waist showcasing peplum

Eye-catching: Her intricate print dress showcased a detail crystal beading around the neckline

Eye-catching: Her intricate print dress showcased a detail crystal beading around the neckline

Edged up: She edged up her look with a pair of letter accented strappy leather heels
Edged up: She edged up her look with a pair of letter accented strappy leather heels

Edged up: She edged up her look with a pair of letter accented strappy leather heels

Meanwhile, British talent Joanne is set to return to ITV in their latest drama Liars alongside Ioan Gruffudd, 43.

Liar is a new six part series from ITV created and written by BAFTA-nominated producers and screenwriters Harry and Jack Williams.

It tells the story of a night that changes the lives of Laura Newell (Joanne) and Andrew Ellis (Ioan) forever.

Laura is a smart and dedicated teacher, not long out of a relationship and unsure about getting back on the dating scene.

Shimmering: She accessorised her skin-flashing look with a satin clutch while working her golden tresses into a soft curl
Shimmering: She accessorised her skin-flashing look with a satin clutch while working her golden tresses into a soft curl

Shimmering: She accessorised her skin-flashing look with a satin clutch while working her golden tresses into a soft curl

Work it: The waist-cinching highlighted her hourglass frame while hinting at her honed pins through the black mesh

Work it: The waist-cinching highlighted her hourglass frame while hinting at her honed pins through the black mesh

Flaunt it: The SAG winner stunned in her skin-flashing look
Flaunt it: The SAG winner stunned in her skin-flashing look

Flaunt it: The SAG winner stunned in her skin-flashing look

Andrew is a renowned surgeon whose son is a pupil at Laura’s school, and following an initial encounter the two pursue a romance.

They begin dating, but neither fully realises consequences their meeting will have on each other or their families, as truth and consequences appear hand-in-hand.

The broody and dramatic thriller explores both sides of a relationship, and both sides of the truth.

Sheer bliss: Joanne's full-length semi-sheer skirt featured panels of eye-catching sequin that was sure to dazzle event goers

Sheer bliss: Joanne’s full-length semi-sheer skirt featured panels of eye-catching sequin that was sure to dazzle event goers

The pair were in attendance for the 23rd awards run by movie magazine Empire.

The honours are voted for by the public across categories in horror, action and comedy as well as special recognition’s including the Empire Inspiration and Empire Hero award.

Joing them on the carpet was another of their former Dowton Abbey co-stars Dan Stevens, 34, who opted for a rust coloured suit for the evening’s proceedings.

Looking sharp: Joing them on the carpet was another of their former Dowton Abbey co-stars Dan Stevens, who opted for a rust coloured suit for the evening's proceedings
Looking sharp: Joing them on the carpet was another of their former Dowton Abbey co-stars Dan Stevens, who opted for a rust coloured suit for the evening's proceedings

Looking sharp: Joing them on the carpet was another of their former Dowton Abbey co-stars Dan Stevens, who opted for a rust coloured suit for the evening’s proceedings

The dashing Beauty And The Beast actor teamed his single breasted two-piece look with a white shirt.

Other stars walking the red carpet in London included The Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston, 36.

The Golden Globe winner looked dashing in a navy blue suit which boasted a polka dot print throughout. 

Dashing: Other stars walking the red carpet in London included The Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston, 36

Dashing: Other stars walking the red carpet in London included The Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston, 36

Slick: The Golden Globe winner looked dashing in a navy blue suit which boasted a polka dot print throughout
Slick: The Golden Globe winner looked dashing in a navy blue suit which boasted a polka dot print throughout

Slick: The Golden Globe winner looked dashing in a navy blue suit which boasted a polka dot print throughout

Suave: Soaking up the atmosphere on the carpet, he happily stopped to take selfies with fans

Suave: Soaking up the atmosphere on the carpet, he happily stopped to take selfies with fans

Picture perfect: Tom happily posed for photos on the red carpet 

Picture perfect: Tom happily posed for photos on the red carpet 

Accessories: The handsome star teamed his suit with a burgundy tie and white shirt

Accessories: The handsome star teamed his suit with a burgundy tie and white shirt

Snap happy! Tom took a number of pictures with his many fans outside the venue

Snap happy! Tom took a number of pictures with his many fans outside the venue

Winner: Tom with his Empire awards for Empire Hero and Best TV Series for The Night Manager

Winner: Tom with his Empire awards for Empire Hero and Best TV Series for The Night Manager

Soaking up the atmosphere on the carpet, he happily stopped to take selfies with fans.

Fans of his BBC series recently rejoiced as show director Susanne Bier has now confirmed that there will be a series two, and the script is ‘slowly being developed’ for the follow-up.

She told Broadcast: ‘We all very much want to do a Season Two, but the thing we absolutely do not want is to do something that does not live up to the level of Season One. That would be a really bad idea.’

Tom starred in the BBC mini series – which was adapted from the 1993 novel of the same name by John Le Carre – it is not yet known if the original cast will return for the second season. 

Chic: Also at the bash was Captain America actress Hayley Atwell, who looked breath-taking in a bardot eyelet lace dress
What a beaut! The figure-flaunting look teased at her honed pins in her mullet hemmed number that highlighted her honed waist with a red skinny belt

Chic: Also at the bash was Captain America actress Hayley Atwell, who looked breath-taking in a bardot eyelet lace dress

Taking a break: Hayley enjoyed a much-needed night off on Sunday, as she headed to the star-studded THREE Empire Awards at the Camden Roundhouse

Taking a break: Hayley enjoyed a much-needed night off on Sunday, as she headed to the star-studded THREE Empire Awards at the Camden Roundhouse

Foxy lady: The Captain America star looked both sexy and sophisticated in the off-the-shoulder number, which gave a teasing glimpse of her cleavage as it cut across her bust
Senorita: The dress then fell into a soft frill at the neckline and feminine semi-sheer sleeves to give the look a classically Spanish feel

Lace dream: The British actress, 34, looked truly stunning in a bardot lace gown, with a saucy thigh-high split up the front, as she made a dazzling arrival on the red carpet

Co-ordinated: She mirrored the senorita vibe in her red stilettos and matching scarlet nail polish

Co-ordinated: She mirrored the senorita vibe in her red stilettos and matching scarlet nail polish

Leggy lady:Making the look even more saucy however, the full skirt was then slashed into a centre split to display her svelte legs underneath

Leggy lady:Making the look even more saucy however, the full skirt was then slashed into a centre split to display her svelte legs underneath

Thanks for the support! Hayley happily signed autographs and chatted for fans outside the event

Thanks for the support! Hayley happily signed autographs and chatted for fans outside the event

What a pair: Hayley later joined British comedian Joe Lycett on the carpet

What a pair: Hayley later joined British comedian Joe Lycett on the carpet

Slick and suave: The funny man matched her formal appearance in a clean-cut suit of navy check, paired with a vibrant purple tie

Slick and suave: The funny man matched her formal appearance in a clean-cut suit of navy check, paired with a vibrant purple tie

Relaxed: The pair looked comfortable and content as they mingled with fellow stars backstage, sipping on champagne as they did so

Relaxed: The pair looked comfortable and content as they mingled with fellow stars backstage, sipping on champagne as they did so

Time off: The stunning star looked delighted to be enjoying a night out, amid her busy filming schedule for upcoming TV drama Howards End

Time off: The stunning star looked delighted to be enjoying a night out, amid her busy filming schedule for upcoming TV drama Howards End

In the navy: Actor Sir Patrick Stewart looked dapper in his navy blue suit
In the navy: Actor Sir Patrick Stewart looked dapper in his navy blue suit

In the navy: Actor Sir Patrick Stewart looked dapper in his navy blue suit

All smiles: The acclaimed actor - who picked up Empire Legend Award - was all smiles as he arrived 

All smiles: The acclaimed actor – who picked up Empire Legend Award – was all smiles as he arrived 

In the Night Manager, Eton-educated Tom takes on the leading role of Jonathan Pine, a former solider.

He stars alongside Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman and Elizabeth Debicki as a man who who changes his life completely by escaping to become the night manager of a luxury hotel in Cairo. 

There, he must infiltrate the inner circle of the dastardly scheme set up by arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie). 

Lace it up: Mission Impossible star Hermione Corfield flaunted her enviable figure in a semi-sheer lace tiered look for the bash
Lace it up: Mission Impossible star Hermione Corfield flaunted her enviable figure in a semi-sheer lace tiered look for the bash

Lace it up: Mission Impossible star Hermione Corfield flaunted her enviable figure in a semi-sheer lace tiered look for the bash

Daring display: She teamed her daring look with a simple bralet under her gown

Daring display: She teamed her daring look with a simple bralet under her gown

Coming up roses: Presenter Edith Bowman worked a floral midi dress on the red carpet

Coming up roses: Presenter Edith Bowman worked a floral midi dress on the red carpet

Dressed to impressed: Shameless star Anne-Marie Duff worked a handkerchief inspired halterneck dress
Dressed to impressed: Shameless star Anne-Marie Duff worked a handkerchief inspired halterneck dress

Dressed to impressed: Shameless star Anne-Marie Duff worked a handkerchief inspired halterneck dress 

Suit you: Actress Sophie Hopkins slipped into a tweed suit for the occasion 

Suit you: Actress Sophie Hopkins slipped into a tweed suit for the occasion 

In the blue: Spooks star Eleanor Matsuura and Peaky Blinders actress Charlotte Riley (R) worked blue dazzling garments at the awards
In the blue: Spooks star Eleanor Matsuura and Peaky Blinders actress Charlotte Riley (R) worked blue dazzling garments at the awards

In the blue: Spooks star Eleanor Matsuura and Peaky Blinders actress Charlotte Riley (R) worked blue dazzling garments at the awards

Date night: Game Of Thrones actor Ralph Ineson arrived at the awards alongside his wife Ali

Date night: Game Of Thrones actor Ralph Ineson arrived at the awards alongside his wife Ali

Frock and fabulous! Sophie Skelton donned a Sassi Holford frock for the evening
Check her out: Lara Peake worked a check blazer for the awards

Contrast: Sophie Skelton (L) donned a Sassi Holford frock for the evening while Lara Peake worked a check blazer

Also at the cinematic event, was Captain America actress Hayley Atwell, who looked breath-taking in a bardot eyelet lace dress.

The figure-flaunting look teased at her honed pins in her mullet hemmed number that highlighted her honed waist with a red skinny belt.

Matching her red pointed pumps and manicure, she worked an eye-catching red lip while her brunette tresses cascaded down her shoulder in a soft wave.

Other names attending the awards included Sir Patrick Stewart, Captain America star Hayley Atwell and Anne-Marie Duff. 

Stunning: Actress Stefanie Martini, 26, looked stunning in her gothic inspired full length number
Stunning: Actress Stefanie Martini, 26, looked stunning in her gothic inspired full length number

Stunning: Actress Stefanie Martini, 26, looked stunning in her gothic inspired full length number

Kooky: Welsh actress Morfydd Clark worked a kooky mini dress for the festivites

Kooky: Welsh actress Morfydd Clark worked a kooky mini dress for the festivites

Show stoppers: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies star Millie Brady and British actress Emily Berrington (R) showcased their style on the red carpet
Show stoppers: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies star Millie Brady and British actress Emily Berrington (R) showcased their style on the red carpet

Show stoppers: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies star Millie Brady and British actress Emily Berrington (R) showcased their style on the red carpet

Pincredible: British screenwriter and director Amma Asante looked incredible in a pin-flaunting look

Pincredible: British screenwriter and director Amma Asante looked incredible in a pin-flaunting look

Looking stylish: Game of Thrones star Dean-Charles Chapman suited up for the event
Suited and booted: Eagle The Eagle actor Dexter Flecther suited up for the event

Looking stylish: Game of Thrones star Dean-Charles Chapman and Eagle The Eagle actor Dexter Flecther (R) suited up for the event

Sleek: Reggie Yates worked a navy blazer on the red carpet for the cinematic bash 

Sleek: Reggie Yates worked a navy blazer on the red carpet for the cinematic bash 

EMPIRE AWARDS 2017  

Best Male Newcomer

Julian Dennison (Hunt For The Wilderpeople)

Lewis MacDougall (A Monster Calls)

Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake) – Winner

Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War)

Best Female Newcomer

Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) – Winner

Sennia Nanua (The Girl With All the Gifts)

Sasha Lane (American Honey)

Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake)

Angourie Rice (Nice Guys)

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Arrival

A Monster Calls – Winner 

Doctor Strange

Rogue One

10 Cloverfield Lane

Best Comedy 

Hunt For The Wilderpeople

Deadpool

The Nice Guys

The Greasy Strangler – Winner

Ghostbusters

Best Horror

The Witch – Winner

Green Room

The Conjuring 2

Don’t Breathe

Best Thriller

Victoria

Jason Bourne – Winner

Nocturnal Animals

Hell or High Water

Captain America: Civil War

Best British Film

High Rise

I, Daniel Blake – Winner

The Girl With All The Gifts

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Eddie The Eagle

Best Actor

Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)

Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange)

Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts) – Winner

Best Actress

Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) – Winner

Amy Adams (Arrival)

Ruth Negga (Loving)

Emma Stone (La La Land)

Best Director

Taika Waititi (Hunt For The Wilderpeople)

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake)

Andrea Arnold (American Honey)

Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) – Winner 

Best Film

Hunt For The Wilderpeople

Arrival

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Winner

Deadpool

Best Screenplay

Deadpool – Winner 

Arrival

The Nice Guys

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hell or High Water

Best Animated Film

Kubo And The Two Strings

Finding Dory – Winner

Anomalisa

Moana

Your Name

Best Documentary

Supersonic – Winner

Weiner

My Scientology Movie

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week

Best TV Series

Game of Thrones

Stranger Things

The Night Manager – Winner

Sherlock

Westworld

Best Soundtrack

Sing Street

The Greasy Strangler

La La Land – Winner

Arrival

Moana

Best Costume Design

Doctor Strange

Deadpool

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them – Winner 

Captain America: Civil War

Best Make-Up and Hairstyling

Suicide Squad

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them – Winner

The Neon Demon

Star Trek: Beyond

Best Short Film

Piper

Town vs Gown

Disney’s Inner Workings – Winner

Thunder Road

Borrowed Time

Best Visual Effects

Doctor Strange – Winner

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Jungle Book

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Captain America: Civil War

Best Production Design

Doctor Strange

Arrival

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them – Winner

Best Video Game

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Winner

Overwatch

Battlefield 1

FIFA 17

The Last Guardian

Empire Hero Award

Tom Hiddleston 

Empire Inspiration Award

Luc Besson 

Empire Legend Award

Sir Patrick Stewart 



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