We're more accustomed to seeing Michelle Ryan as Albert's Square's Zoe Slater, but the actress was showing off a more glamorous side to her personality on Sunday
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18 APRIL 2005

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It was a big night for the small screen on Sunday when a series of TV stars turned out for the annual Bafta awards. A roll-call of Britain's favourite performers were in attendance at the glitzy event and, as could be expected, there was just as much interest in their red carpet choices as in who won the gongs inside.

EastEnders star Michelle Ryan was barely recognisable as Albert Square's Zoe Slater when she made her entrance in floor-length white satin. Proud Scot David Tennant, who has just been confirmed as the new Doctor Who, meanwhile paid homage to his roots by arriving in a kilt.

Sartorial concerns were overridden when the time came to hand out the trophies, however. Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams, better known for cross-dressing than looking chic, were basking in glory nonetheless after scooping the trophies for best comedy and best comedy performance.

Welsh star Rhys Ifans took home the best actor gong, thanks to his performance in Not Only But Always, while the cast of Coronation Street also had reason to smile when their long-running soap was named best drama series.

Some of British TV's elder statesmen were likewise honoured, with veteran newsman Jon Snow taking the Richard Dimbleby Award and Sir David Frost receiving the Academy Fellowship. The country's best-travelled presenter, Michael Palin, reached yet another milestone by picking up the special award for his contribution to broadcasting.

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