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Gugu Mbatha-Raw: Packham’s just perfect

Gugu Mbatha-Raw loves to wear creations by cool designers when she walks the red carpet.

The British actress stunned when she donned the designer gown for the premiere of her movie Beyond the Lights earlier this year.

The floaty pink dress featured sheer material and a belted waist, and the knee-length hem added a demure feel to the pretty piece.

"I loved that dress so much, the moment I put it on I was like, I feel like a ballerina!" Gugu gushed to Lucky magazine. "It really reminded me of Marilyn Monroe and Margot Fonteyn. There was something sort of Great Gatsby glamour about it. It was just lovely. I love the colour and the fact that it was really feminine."

Gugu's star is on the rise and she has three new projects currently in production. Starring in big budget Hollywood movies such as 2013's Belle and upcoming sci-fi adventure Jupiter Ascending means the 31-year-old is a regular on the red carpet. Luckily she has designers flocking to dress her.

"For the red carpet I’ve been really fortunate to wear some really cool designers. I had this wonderful dress by Delpozo for the Toronto Film Festival which was an elaborate floral gown and just very unusual. And I love Alexander McQueen - I got to wear a really, really cool sort of shirt with a bow tie, which was a semi-masculine Marlene Dietrich sort of look that I absolutely adored," she smiled.

"I work with a great stylist who’s always introducing me to new people and trying to challenge me. It’s great to be expressive on the red carpet. I’m pretty boring otherwise!"

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