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The cream of British acting talent was out in force on Thursday night. From left, Mark Strong, Tamzin Outhwaite, Sophie Okonedo, Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory
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Newlyweds Tamzin and Tom Ellis joined the celebrations for the re-launch of FilmFour as a free-view digital channel
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21 JULY 2006

She's six months pregnant but that didn't stop Helen McCrory turning on the glamour for a party in London on Thursday. The actress and her fiancé, Band Of Brothers actor Damian Lewis, are clearly keen to get a few nights out before the new arrival puts in an appearance.

Helen, who is due to give birth in October, was radiant in a stunning blue gown. She has been engaged to the 35-year-old Forsyte Saga star since February, and while the award-winning actress is focusing on impending motherhood, her Eton-educated beau is making impressive inroads into Hollywood. Currently appearing on screens in Stormbreaker, the flame-haired hunk is joining Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Lopez in his latest movie An Unfinished Life.

Despite the fantastic opportunity, Damian recently admitted he questioned whether to accept the role of J Lo's abusive boyfriend. "I play an irredeemably nasty man and occasionally I had to ask myself whether I wanted to portray someone who was so horrible," he revealed.

The thespian duo were helping celebrate the launch of FilmFour's re-launch as a free-view channel on digital TV. They were joined by the cream of British acting talent including Oscar-nominated Sophie Okonedo, Ewan McGregor and Syriana star Mark Strong. Visibly glowing newlyweds Tamzin Outhwaite and Tom Ellis also made an appearance at the bash, as did famous names from the music world including Lulu - who couldn't resist hitting the dancefloor - and rock chick Kelly Osbourne.

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