Glitterati gathers to meet royals
Published 10/07/2011 | 09:52
Hollywood stars have come out in force in Los Angeles for a glittering Bafta dinner in aid of British creative talent.
Famous names from the world of film and television gathered for the event which showcased up and coming actors, directors and other members of the video games industry.
Actors Jack Black, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez were among the guests as was comic actor Stephen Fry.
Guests of honour at the event will be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The royal couple have become the toast of California after jetting into the country on Friday for a whirlwind three-day visit, which comes after a successful tour of Canada.
Kidman stopped briefly on the red carpet outside the theatre and praised the Duke and Duchess.
She said: "I think they are lovely. I just got off the phone to my mum and she said, 'I'm so glad you're going, you're Australian' - they just make you smile."
Fry, who met the couple at a consul-general reception on Friday night, welcomed the evening for presenting a "shop window" for new talent.
He also praised William and Kate's presence and the monarchy, generally adding: "They are an extraordinary selling point that no other nation has.
"Picture for a second the grandson of the president of Italy arriving in LA - it would take half a line in a newspaper, it just wouldn't interest anybody. We have this extraordinary hangover from our past that means something to Americans and allows us to set up a shop window for talent, that's what this evening is all about."