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Glenn Close leads the stars stepping out to watch Shane Richie transform into a drag queen


She lost out to Olivia Colman who scooped the BAFTA for Best Actress in a Leading Role at Sunday night’s awards ceremony.

But on Monday, Glenn Close, 71, appeared to be completely unfazed by her loss as she led the stars stepping out to attend the premiere of the re-cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which now stars Shane Richie, 54, in London’s West End.

Shane – who is arguably best known for playing Alfie Moon in EastEnders – has taken on the role of Hugo / Loco Chanelle in the award-winning musical at the Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue.  

Chic: Glenn Close, 71, led the stars stepping out to attend the premiere of the re-cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie, which now stars Shane Richie, 54, in London 's West End

Chic: Glenn Close, 71, led the stars stepping out to attend the premiere of the re-cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie, which now stars Shane Richie, 54, in London 's West End

Chic: Glenn Close, 71, led the stars stepping out to attend the premiere of the re-cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which now stars Shane Richie, 54, in London ‘s West End

Transformation: Shane has taken on the role of Hugo / Loco Chanelle in the award-winning musical at the Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue (Pictured with Jessie Wallace, 47)

Transformation: Shane has taken on the role of Hugo / Loco Chanelle in the award-winning musical at the Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue (Pictured with Jessie Wallace, 47)

Transformation: Shane has taken on the role of Hugo / Loco Chanelle in the award-winning musical at the Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue (Pictured with Jessie Wallace, 47)

In photos taken in his dressing room, the actor can be seen spending time with former EastEnders co-star Jessie Wallace, whilst clad in an emerald green gown, festooned with intricate black beads.

His garish frock also featured feathery black cuffs, and the chest of the dress had been purposefully designed to mimic the shape of a woman’s curves. 

Shane’s fishtail gown trailed onto the floor with a feathery finish and was finished off with exaggerated shoulders. 

The actor wore a fiery red wig atop his head, which featured a mound of curls piled high. 

Glam: In photos taken in his dressing room, the actor can be seen clad in an emerald green gown, festooned with intricate black beads

Glam: In photos taken in his dressing room, the actor can be seen clad in an emerald green gown, festooned with intricate black beads

Glam: In photos taken in his dressing room, the actor can be seen clad in an emerald green gown, festooned with intricate black beads

Details: His garish frock also featured feathery black cuffs, and the chest of the dress had been purposefully designed to mimic the shape of a woman's curves

Details: His garish frock also featured feathery black cuffs, and the chest of the dress had been purposefully designed to mimic the shape of a woman's curves

Details: His garish frock also featured feathery black cuffs, and the chest of the dress had been purposefully designed to mimic the shape of a woman’s curves

Wow! Shane was almost unrecognisable, with a heavy layer of expertly-applied stage make-up transforming his looks

Wow! Shane was almost unrecognisable, with a heavy layer of expertly-applied stage make-up transforming his looks

Wow! Shane was almost unrecognisable, with a heavy layer of expertly-applied stage make-up transforming his looks

Playing up to the camera: Jessie couldn't resist copping a feel of Shane's false breasts

Playing up to the camera: Jessie couldn't resist copping a feel of Shane's false breasts

Playing up to the camera: Jessie couldn’t resist copping a feel of Shane’s false breasts

Shane was almost unrecognisable, with a heavy layer of stage make-up transforming his looks.

The soap star had a flawless base with heavy dusting of blusher contouring his cheeks and thin eyebrows dramatically arched higher than his own.

Completing his make-over, Shane wore glamorous false eyelashes and a pillar-box red lipstick on his full pout. 

Unrecognisable: The actor wore a fiery red wig atop his head, which featured a mound of curls piled high

Unrecognisable: The actor wore a fiery red wig atop his head, which featured a mound of curls piled high

Unrecognisable: The actor wore a fiery red wig atop his head, which featured a mound of curls piled high

Dramatic: The soap star had a flawless base with heavy dusting of blusher contouring his cheeks and thin eyebrows dramatically arched higher than his own

Dramatic: The soap star had a flawless base with heavy dusting of blusher contouring his cheeks and thin eyebrows dramatically arched higher than his own

Dramatic: The soap star had a flawless base with heavy dusting of blusher contouring his cheeks and thin eyebrows dramatically arched higher than his own

Pucker up: Shane and Jessie puckered up in front of the camera

Pucker up: Shane and Jessie puckered up in front of the camera

Pucker up: Shane and Jessie puckered up in front of the camera

Switching it up: Shane changed up his appearance in the show, slipping into wet-look trousers and a sequinned jacket

Switching it up: Shane changed up his appearance in the show, slipping into wet-look trousers and a sequinned jacket

Switching it up: Shane changed up his appearance in the show, slipping into wet-look trousers and a sequinned jacket

Glenn flashed a wide smile whilst holding her chic camel coloured waterfall jacket closed at the front as she posed for photographs outside the theatre. 

The Wife star kept the rest of her ensemble fairly muted, with all-black items of clothing teamed with a crisp white shirt. 

The actress styled her silver locks into a effortlessly curly hairdo, and added a slick of glamorous make-up.  

Emotional: Shane appeared to be emotional as he strode across the stage with his hand over his mouth

Emotional: Shane appeared to be emotional as he strode across the stage with his hand over his mouth

Emotional: Shane appeared to be emotional as he strode across the stage with his hand over his mouth

Elegant: Glenn kept the rest of her ensemble fairly muted, with all-black items of clothing teamed with a crisp white shirt and a camel coloured waterfall jacket

Elegant: Glenn kept the rest of her ensemble fairly muted, with all-black items of clothing teamed with a crisp white shirt and a camel coloured waterfall jacket

Elegant: Glenn kept the rest of her ensemble fairly muted, with all-black items of clothing teamed with a crisp white shirt and a camel coloured waterfall jacket

Glam: Presenter Laura Whitmore, 33, ensured she looked stylish by adding a large leopard print handbag to her outfit

Glam: Presenter Laura Whitmore, 33, ensured she looked stylish by adding a large leopard print handbag to her outfit

Glam: Presenter Laura Whitmore, 33, ensured she looked stylish by adding a large leopard print handbag to her outfit

Stylish: The Irish beauty wrapped up warm with a long black double-breasted trench coat atop a denim shirt

Stylish: The Irish beauty wrapped up warm with a long black double-breasted trench coat atop a denim shirt

Stylish: The Irish beauty wrapped up warm with a long black double-breasted trench coat atop a denim shirt

Presenter Laura Whitmore, 33, ensured she looked stylish by adding a large leopard print handbag to her outfit.

The Irish beauty wrapped up warm with a long black double-breasted trench coat atop a denim shirt.

The blonde beauty strolled along the red carpet in a shiny pair of chunky black boots as she made her way into the theatre.

Laura styled her tresses into a simple up-do with strands of dishevelled locks left to drape down, framing her face. 

Accentuating her natural beauty, the star opted to draw attention to her piercing blue eyes with lashings of mascara, and applied a slick of glossy lipstick to her pout.

Stunning: Liverpudlian stunner Claire Sweeney, 47, made a style statement in a burgundy velvet trouser suit and a shimmering gold cami

Stunning: Liverpudlian stunner Claire Sweeney, 47, made a style statement in a burgundy velvet trouser suit and a shimmering gold cami

Stunning: Liverpudlian stunner Claire Sweeney, 47, made a style statement in a burgundy velvet trouser suit and a shimmering gold cami

Beauty: With her hair styled into voluminous waves and a flawless make-up look, Claire looked utterly radiant

Beauty: With her hair styled into voluminous waves and a flawless make-up look, Claire looked utterly radiant

Beauty: With her hair styled into voluminous waves and a flawless make-up look, Claire looked utterly radiant

Fashionista: Former EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton, 30, demonstrated her flair for fashion in an on-trend ensemble

Fashionista: Former EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton, 30, demonstrated her flair for fashion in an on-trend ensemble

Fashionista: Former EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton, 30, demonstrated her flair for fashion in an on-trend ensemble

Liverpudlian stunner Claire Sweeney, 47, made a style statement in a burgundy velvet trouser suit.

The former soap actress injected an extra dose of glamour into her look with a shimmering gold cami.

With her hair styled into voluminous waves and a flawless make-up look, Claire looked utterly radiant. 

Beaming: The brunette beauty flashed her pearly whites as she posed for photographs

Beaming: The brunette beauty flashed her pearly whites as she posed for photographs

Beaming: The brunette beauty flashed her pearly whites as she posed for photographs

Mish-mash: Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, 75, opted to clash prints, with a black and white floral skirt and a furry animal print jacket.

Mish-mash: Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, 75, opted to clash prints, with a black and white floral skirt and a furry animal print jacket.

Mish-mash: Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, 75, opted to clash prints, with a black and white floral skirt and a furry animal print jacket.

All smiles: Arlene went for a relaxed hairstyle and sported smudgy black eye make-up with a slick of lip-gloss on her pout

All smiles: Arlene went for a relaxed hairstyle and sported smudgy black eye make-up with a slick of lip-gloss on her pout

All smiles: Arlene went for a relaxed hairstyle and sported smudgy black eye make-up with a slick of lip-gloss on her pout

Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, 75, opted to clash prints, with a black and white floral skirt and a furry animal print jacket.

The television personality wore a white funnel-necked sweater underneath the leopard print coat and slipped on a pair of white and silver brogues.

Arlene went for a relaxed hairstyle and sported smudgy black eye make-up with a slick of lip-gloss on her pout.  

Pretty: Jessie Wallace, 47, stepped out in a pretty black and white print dress, with a black trench coat adding an extra layer of warmth

Pretty: Jessie Wallace, 47, stepped out in a pretty black and white print dress, with a black trench coat adding an extra layer of warmth

Pretty: Jessie Wallace, 47, stepped out in a pretty black and white print dress, with a black trench coat adding an extra layer of warmth

Glamorous: The EastEnders actress sported a heavy make-up application, complete with dramatic smokey eyes and a red lip

Glamorous: The EastEnders actress sported a heavy make-up application, complete with dramatic smokey eyes and a red lip

Glamorous: The EastEnders actress sported a heavy make-up application, complete with dramatic smokey eyes and a red lip

Dapper: Jake Wood, 46, put on a stylish display in indigo jeans and a black coat

Dapper: Jake Wood, 46, put on a stylish display in indigo jeans and a black coat

Dapper: Jake Wood, 46, put on a stylish display in indigo jeans and a black coat

Duty calls: The actor waited patiently outside the theatre whilst his photograph was taken

Duty calls: The actor waited patiently outside the theatre whilst his photograph was taken

Duty calls: The actor waited patiently outside the theatre whilst his photograph was taken

Gemma Oaten, 34, commanded attention in a vibrant chain print dress as she arrived at the theatre.

The former Emmerdale star stood out in the pillar-box red shirt dress, which fell to just below her knees.

Her eye-catching midi dress featured a coordinating waist belt, which highlighted her slim physique.

Turning heads: Gemma Oaten commanded attention in a vibrant chain print dress

Turning heads: Gemma Oaten commanded attention in a vibrant chain print dress

Turning heads: Gemma Oaten commanded attention in a vibrant chain print dress

Stunning: Ensuring she was polished to perfection, Gemma opted for a glamorous application of make-up, complete with a heavy dusting of bronzer and fluttery lashes

Stunning: Ensuring she was polished to perfection, Gemma opted for a glamorous application of make-up, complete with a heavy dusting of bronzer and fluttery lashes

Stunning: Ensuring she was polished to perfection, Gemma opted for a glamorous application of make-up, complete with a heavy dusting of bronzer and fluttery lashes

Statement? Gemma was joined at the opening night by her best friend Joff Powell, who turned heads by wearing a T-Shirt with the words: 'Mr Oaten' splashed across his chest

Statement? Gemma was joined at the opening night by her best friend Joff Powell, who turned heads by wearing a T-Shirt with the words: 'Mr Oaten' splashed across his chest

Statement? Gemma was joined at the opening night by her best friend Joff Powell, who turned heads by wearing a T-Shirt with the words: ‘Mr Oaten’ splashed across his chest

Gemma added height to her enviable frame with a pair of shiny gold peep-toe heels and accessorised her ensemble with a smattering of metallic jewellery.

Ensuring she was polished to perfection, Gemma opted for a glamorous application of make-up, complete with a heavy dusting of bronzer and fluttery lashes.

The soap star styled her blonde tresses into elegant curls and posed confidently on the red carpet.

Gemma was joined at the opening night by her best friend Joff Powell, who turned heads by wearing a T-Shirt with the words: ‘Mr Oaten’ splashed across his chest. 

The television producer teamed the light blue T-shirt with cropped black trousers and a pair of Converse. 

Best friends: The pair looked delighted as they posed together for photographs

Best friends: The pair looked delighted as they posed together for photographs

Best friends: The pair looked delighted as they posed together for photographs

Casual: The television producer teamed the light blue T-shirt with cropped black trousers and a pair of Converse

Casual: The television producer teamed the light blue T-shirt with cropped black trousers and a pair of Converse

Casual: The television producer teamed the light blue T-shirt with cropped black trousers and a pair of Converse

After the performance, Shane switched into a sleek black suit, teamed with coordinating shirt and shoes, to enjoy the after-party.

The actor had attempted to remove his dramatic stage make-up, but remnants of black eyeliner could still be seen.

The actor beamed with joy as he posed alongside his celebrity pals who’d come to support him on his big night.

Dapper: After the performance, Shane switched into a sleek black suit, teamed with coordinating shirt and shoes, to enjoy the after-party

Dapper: After the performance, Shane switched into a sleek black suit, teamed with coordinating shirt and shoes, to enjoy the after-party

Dapper: After the performance, Shane switched into a sleek black suit, teamed with coordinating shirt and shoes, to enjoy the after-party

Tell-tale signs: The actor had attempted to remove his dramatic stage make-up, but remnants of black eyeliner could still be seen

Tell-tale signs: The actor had attempted to remove his dramatic stage make-up, but remnants of black eyeliner could still be seen

Tell-tale signs: The actor had attempted to remove his dramatic stage make-up, but remnants of black eyeliner could still be seen

Happy chappy: The actor beamed with joy as he posed alongside his celebrity pals who'd come to support him on his big night (Pictured with Jake Wood and Tanya Franks)

Happy chappy: The actor beamed with joy as he posed alongside his celebrity pals who'd come to support him on his big night (Pictured with Jake Wood and Tanya Franks)

Happy chappy: The actor beamed with joy as he posed alongside his celebrity pals who’d come to support him on his big night (Pictured with Jake Wood and Tanya Franks)

Couple goals: Shane's wife Christie Goddard, 39, oozed sex appeal in an all-black ensemble as she cosied up to her husband

Couple goals: Shane's wife Christie Goddard, 39, oozed sex appeal in an all-black ensemble as she cosied up to her husband

Couple goals: Shane’s wife Christie Goddard, 39, oozed sex appeal in an all-black ensemble as she cosied up to her husband

Shane’s wife Christie Goddard, 39, oozed sex appeal in an all-black ensemble as she cosied up to her husband.

The blonde beauty showcased a hint of her washboard abs in a sheer lacy black top, which she teamed with skin-tight shiny animal print trousers. 

Adding a classy finish to her look, Christie wore a sleek black blazer atop her eye-catching top. 

Fabulous: The blonde beauty showcased a hint of her washboard abs in a sheer lacy black top

Fabulous: The blonde beauty showcased a hint of her washboard abs in a sheer lacy black top

Fabulous: The blonde beauty showcased a hint of her washboard abs in a sheer lacy black top

Man of the hour: Shane's pals were keen to show how proud they were of him

Man of the hour: Shane's pals were keen to show how proud they were of him

Man of the hour: Shane’s pals were keen to show how proud they were of him

Good times: The trio happily posed together for the photographer

Good times: The trio happily posed together for the photographer

Good times: The trio happily posed together for the photographer

Leading ladies: Stars of the show L-R Hayley Tamaddon (Miss Hedge), Sabrina Sandhu (Pritti Pasha) and Sejal Keshwala (Ray)

Leading ladies: Stars of the show L-R Hayley Tamaddon (Miss Hedge), Sabrina Sandhu (Pritti Pasha) and Sejal Keshwala (Ray)

Leading ladies: Stars of the show L-R Hayley Tamaddon (Miss Hedge), Sabrina Sandhu (Pritti Pasha) and Sejal Keshwala (Ray)

Meanwhile, Glenn Close was nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role at Sunday’s BAFTAs, with the award going to Olivia Colman for The Favourite. 

Talking about The Wife on the red carpet, the actress revealed that the Me Too movement brings another dimension to the movie.  

Speaking on the red carpet at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, she said: ‘That’s another thing you just can’t plan because we filmed it in the fall of 2016 and it was held for a year by Sony and meanwhile, the Me Too movement started up and all these issues around women and all that. This movie just adds to that dialogue.’  

Quirky: Tamya Franks showcased her unique sense of style in a floral embroidered coat

Quirky: Tamya Franks showcased her unique sense of style in a floral embroidered coat

Quirky: Tamya Franks showcased her unique sense of style in a floral embroidered coat

Happy: The soap actresses couldn't hide their delight at being at the West End show

Happy: The soap actresses couldn't hide their delight at being at the West End show

Happy: The soap actresses couldn't hide their delight at being at the West End show

Happy: The soap actresses couldn't hide their delight at being at the West End show

Happy: The soap actresses couldn’t hide their delight at being at the West End show

Simple: The actress and producer opted for minimal make-up for her outing to the theatre

Simple: The actress and producer opted for minimal make-up for her outing to the theatre

Simple: The actress and producer opted for minimal make-up for her outing to the theatre

In the past, Glenn has shared her hopes that The Wife will encourage Hollywood to make more women-centric movies. 

She said: ‘I’ve been a part of two films that took 14 years to make. The first one was “Albert Nobbs” and the second was “The Wife”. 

‘It was actually hard to find actors who wanted to be in a movie called “The Wife”. It’s two women writers. And, you know, starring a woman. 

‘No one wanted to make it and, most of the money, if not all the money, came from Europe.’

Buddies: Arlene Phillips and Laura Whitmore posed together for a quick snap on the red carpet

Buddies: Arlene Phillips and Laura Whitmore posed together for a quick snap on the red carpet

Buddies: Arlene Phillips and Laura Whitmore posed together for a quick snap on the red carpet

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