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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Our hottest stars banish the winter blues

TELEVISION'S hottest stars celebrated the best in the business -- and showed off their post-Christmas bodies -- at an awards ceremony.

A host of well-known faces arrived for the annual UK National Television Awards with a wide ranging mix of dresses on show.

The Irish were well represented by MTV host Laura Whitmore, model and presenter Amanda Byram and actor Alan Leech, who made appearances on the red carpet.

Bray native Laura showed off her enviable figure in a thigh-skimming mini print dress, matched with rock-chick hair and casual bangles, while stunning Amanda opted for a daring low cut gold and grey floor-length gown.

Killiney local Alan Leech, who burst onto the scene last year with his role as rogue chauffeur Branson on Downton Abbey, looked dapper in a two-piece suit. The ITV show enjoyed a highly successful night after walking away with the Best Drama award.

Supermodel Elle Macpherson demonstrated why she is dubbed The Body as she wowed crowds in a figure-hugging charcoal number, accessorised with diamonds and a sleek high ponytail.

And proving age is just a number, 51-year-old Carol Voderman recycled an old dress of hers which emphasised her curves.

X Factor mentor Tulisa Contostavlos (23) made a statement with her super bronzed body and fuschia pink feather dress, while telly host Fearne Cotton sparkled in a silver and black vintage 1920s-themed ensemble with red lips and heels.

Singer Tulisa was joined by her 'little muffins' Little Mix who celebrated the X Factor picking up a gong for Best Talent Series.

Other winners included Doctor Who, as Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, who chose a simple, understated outfit for the bash, picked up the top acting gongs.

Coronation Street picked up two awards compared to one for its BBC rival EastEnders.

Katherine Kelly, who recently left the show, picking up the award for Serial Drama Performance for her role as fiery Becky McDonald and the show won the award for Best Soap.

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