GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2021: Emily Atack, Maya Jama and Idris Elba lead the raucous departures


Emily Atack, Ellie Goulding, Maya Jama and Idris Elba lead the very giddy stars departing the 2021 GQ Men Of The Year Awards at the Tate Modern on Wednesday. 

The group had spent the evening celebrating as a slew of stars scooped top prizes at the ceremony – which saw the return of in-person attendees following the Covid pandemic.

Clearly delighted to be back at a glittering event, Emily,  31, seemed in high spirits as she teetered out of the event in her towering stilettos before jumping into the back of a black taxi. 

For the event, the actress and comedian, 31, cut a glamorous figure in a simple yet elegant black gown, which featured a strip of silver down the split of the thigh-high slit.

Emily, who has recently split from her ex beau Jude Taylor, added height to her frame with silver studded heels. 

Following on was the likes of Ellie Goulding and her husband Caspar Jopling who looked all partied out after the event.  

The British singer, 34, kicked off her heels as she left the event barefoot, with her tight towering stilettos having made their mark on the star. 

Despite her lack of footwear, Ellie still cut a stunning figure as she donned a plunging lilac gown, which featured different length sleeves and a mid length skirt, teamed with a pair of strappy green heels.

Ellie wore her blonde locks in soft waves and sported a glamorous coat of make-up in rosy hues, while she styled her outfit with a selection of delicate chain necklaces.

Thumbs up if you had fun! Idris looked in great spirits

Cheeky! The star-studded ceremony was hosted by actor Idris and his wife Sabrina, and the pair seemed delighted as they prepared to head home after their duties, with cheeky Idris, 48, sticking out his tongue as he left

Heading home: Clearly delighted to be back at a glittering event, Emily, 31, seemed in high spirits as she teetered out of the event in her towering stilettos before jumping into the back of a black taxi

Heading home:  Clearly delighted to be back at a glittering event, Emily, 31, seemed in high spirits as she teetered out of the event in her towering stilettos before jumping into the back of a black taxi

Dressed to impress: The actress and comedian, 31, cut a wowed in a simple yet elegant black gown, which featured a strip of silver down the split of the thigh-high slit

Stunning: The blonde beauty wore her signature blonde locks in soft beachy waves

Dressed to impress: The actress and comedian, 31, cut a wowed in a simple yet elegant black gown, which featured a strip of silver down the split of the thigh-high slit

Ready to go home: Emily seemed ready for bed as she clambered into the back of the taxi

Ready to go home: Emily seemed ready for bed as she clambered into the back of the taxi

Maya, 27, had opted to change into a second look to leave the event, showcasing her phenomenal figure in a black mini dress with a lace panel across the chest and feathered detailing on the shoulders. 

It was a change from her red carpet look, in which she had opted for a glamorous black dress with a daring neckline which left plenty of skin on show.

The television presenter gave a glimpse at her slender pins through the sheer material of the garment which was bedazzled with shimmering beads. 

Barefoot and beautiful: British singer Ellie, 34, kicked off her heels as she left the event barefoot alongside her husband Caspar Jopling, with her tight towering stilettos having made their mark on the star

Barefoot and beautiful: British singer Ellie, 34, kicked off her heels as she left the event barefoot alongside her husband Caspar Jopling, with her tight towering stilettos having made their mark on the star

The star-studded ceremony was hosted by actor Idris and his wife Sabrina, and the pair seemed delighted as they prepared to head home after their duties, with cheeky Idris, 48, sticking out his tongue as he left.  

Meanwhile, Noel Gallagher’s daughter, Anais, 21, couldn’t keep the smile off her face as she bounded outside with her pal Edward Bluemel. 

The model opted for a low-key look for the event, pairing a taupe satin pyjama suit with black boots while she toted a navy satin handbag.  

While Idris and Sabrina had hosted, they were joined on the stage by presenters including Winnie Harlow, Gary Lineker, Emma Corrin and Mabel announcing the winners of the coveted awards.

As well as receiving one of GQ’s coveted trophies, winners were treated to a £12,000 goodie bag, with treats such as dinner and a night’s stay in the swanky Nobu Hotel, a £200 Boss watch, a bottle of £80 Porte Noire Champagne and a flight on a semi-private plane.

Dressed to impress: Maya, 27, had opted to change into a second look to leave the event

Dressed to impress: Maya showcased her phenomenal figure in a black mini dress with a lace panel across the chest and feathered detailing on the shoulders

Dressed to impress: Maya, 27, had opted to change into a second look to leave the event, showcasing her phenomenal figure in a black mini dress with a lace panel across the chest and feathered detailing on the shoulders

Changing things up: Maya's short black dress was a change from her red carpet look

Changing things up: On the red carpet she had opted for a glamorous black dress with a daring neckline which left plenty of skin on show

Changing things up: Maya’s short black dress was a change from her red carpet look, in which she had opted for a glamorous black dress with a daring neckline which left plenty of skin on show

Other prizes also include membership to the prestigious Ivy Club, a luxury facial with Fatma Shaheen, founder of Skin Design London, and an array of skincare delights. 

On the night, Bridgerton actor Rege-Jean Page and Line Of Duty star Adrian Dunbar led the winners.

The breakthrough star, 31, looked dapper in a three-piece green suit as he received his gong, after receiving acclaim from viewers and critics for his role as the Duke Of Hastings in the alternative period drama.

Out and about: Idris and Sabrina had hosted the event

Out and about: They left the venue hand in hand with giant smiles on their faces

Out and about: Idris and Sabrina had hosted the event and left the venue hand in hand with giant smiles on their faces 

Meanwhile, Ted Hastings actor Adrian, 63, was awarded the TV Performance Of The Year, after capturing the nation during the sixth series of the BBC police drama earlier this year.

Speaking after his win, Rege-Jean said he loved being able to portray a person of high status as a Black man.

Speaking to GQ magazine about his role in the drama, he said: ‘I think it becomes very obvious who was excluded from the game previously. It just became vaguely ludicrous that it was such an issue before. You know, ‘How will this work?’ Um, we’ll do the acting!’

Fun times: Anais was having the time of her life as she left the ceremony with Edward Bluemel

Making moves: Anais was striding past

Fun times: Anais was having the time of her life as she left the ceremony with Edward Bluemel

And of his scenes on horseback, he added: ‘Being on a horse is literally lifting people into a position of aspiration, power, possibility and agency that they’ve not been afforded before. That’s what’s ridiculous.

That we are not crea­tive enough in the creative industries – that’s the failure. But the second you start doing that? It’s like, ‘This is so easy!’ Yes, it is, so keep doing that.’

Rege-Jean will not be returning to ‘Bridgerton’ for season two, but has denied rumours he was booted from the production.

He insisted: ‘No, I respectfully exited. I didn’t want to put them in an awkward situation where they had to kick me out.’

Tangerine queens: Pixie Lott and Roxie Horner looked sensational in their gold and orange ensembles as they left the venue

Tangerine queens: Pixie Lott and Roxie Horner looked sensational in their gold and orange ensembles as they left the venue

Legs eleven! Lottie Moss looked phenomenal as she strutted out of the venue in a plunging black blazer dress

Legs eleven! Lottie donned a black blazer dress that she layered over a harness style bra and teamed with gold heels that boosted her frame

Legs eleven! Lottie Moss looked phenomenal as she strutted out of the venue in a plunging black blazer dress that she layered over a harness style bra and teamed with gold heels that boosted her frame 

Meanwhile, as he thanked his co-stars and friends Martin Compston [Steve Arnott] and Vicky McClure [Kate Flemming] during his speech, Adrian also gave a special mention to his 89-year-old mother.

Adrian revealed he wanted to dedicate the award to his mum Pauline, following her recovery from coronavirus last week after she contracted the potentially deadly virus.

Elsewhere, Ed Sheeran was named Solo Artist of the Year, while Sir Anthony Hopkins took home the Legend award and Sacha Baron Cohen won the Icon gong.

There were also awards for the team behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, as well as all the Olympic and Paralympic athletes of Great Britain.

GQ MEN OF THE YEAR 2021: THE WINNERS

BAND OF THE YEAR 

WINNER: Wolf Alice

BOSS BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Kingsley Ben-Adir

BOSS LEADING MEN OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Paul Bettany

DEEZER BREAKTHROUGH MUSIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

WINNER: Arlo Parks 

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR 

WINNER: Brunello Cucinelli

GAME CHANGER OF THE YEAR 

WINNER: Dame Vivienne Westwood

HEROES OF THE YEAR 

WINNERS: Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, Dr Catherine Green and the team behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine 

ICON 

WINNER: Sacha Baron Cohen 

INSPIRATION OF THE YEAR 

WINNER: Gareth Southgate

JAGUAR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR 

WINNERS: Team GB & Paralympics GB 

LEGEND

WINNER: Sir Anthony Hopkins

MADDOX GALLERY ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

WINNER: Beeple

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION 

WINNER: Bobby Gillespie 

PERONI NASTRO AZZURRO BREAKTHROUGH DESIGNER OF THE YEAR 

WINNER: Harris Reed

SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

WINNER: Ed Sheeran 

STANDOUT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 

WINNER: Regé-Jean Page 

TELEVISION ACTOR OF THE YEAR 

WINNER: Adrian Dunbar 

WRITER OF THE YEAR 

WINNER: Quentin Tarantino 



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