SITCOM STARS BEN AND ROBERT HELP LAUNCH FESTIVE BALLET SEASON

13 DECEMBER 2007

Heavyweight names from the UK's small screen, including Ben Elton and Robert Lindsay, joined a host of familiar faces bringing TV glam to a performance of The Snow Queen, which kicked off the English National Ballet's Christmas offerings.

TV chat show hosts Richard and Judy made the evening a family affair by sharing it with their 20-year-old daughter Chloe, as did Dougray Scott. The British actor, who is about to embark on a cultural venture of his own playing Leontes in an upcoming screen version of Shakespearean classic A Winter's Tale, was accompanied by his wife Claire and daughter Eden.

Also mingling with cast members in fantastical costumes were Doone Yasmin and Kinvara Atalanta Boorman - the daughters of Ewan McGregor's 41-year-old road-trip companion Charley Boorman - and veteran rocker Rod Stewart, who was accompanied by wife Penny.

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Famous faces from the audience, including Ben and his wife Sophie, mingled with cast members in dramatic stage costume at the ballet bash Photo: © Rex Click on photos for gallery
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Charley's daughters Doone Yasmin and Kinvara Atalanta were among those enjoying a magical night outPhoto: © Getty Images