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Queen and Kate meet the stars at palace reception

Dame Helen Mirren speaks to the Queen as Sir David Attenborough looks on.
Dame Helen Mirren speaks to the Queen as Sir David Attenborough looks on. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge met some of Hollywood's leading actors tonight as Buckingham Palace hosted a reception celebrating the UK's dramatic arts.

Actress Uma Thurman and the Duchess of Cambridge.c
Actress Uma Thurman and the Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The event featured a who's who of leading film makers, entertainers and actors including director Steve McQueen and actresses Uma Thurman and Helena Bonham Carter.

The Queen and Joan Collins at the Buckingham Palace reception.
The Queen and Joan Collins at the Buckingham Palace reception. Credit: David Crump/Daily Mail/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The night was hosted by the Queen in her capacity as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, also known as Rada.

Kate meets Sir Trevor Nunn and Helena Bonham Carter.
Kate meets Sir Trevor Nunn and Helena Bonham Carter. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge joined her for the evening wearing a striking red Alexander McQueen dress.

British stars line the red carpet ahead of the Baftas

Dame Helen Mirren arrives on the Bafta red carpet, where the Duke of Cambridge will present her with a Fellowship award.
Dame Helen Mirren arrives on the Bafta red carpet, where the Duke of Cambridge will present her with the Fellowship award. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor arrives on the red carpet.
12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor arrives on the red carpet. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
British film star Emma Thompson poses with family on the Bafta award red carpet.
British film star Emma Thompson poses with family on the Bafta award red carpet. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
Singer Lily Allen is among the attendees of the British Academy Film Awards 2014.
Singer Lily Allen is among the attendees of the British Academy Film Awards 2014. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Tinie Tempah and Laura Mvula on the red carpet of the Bafta awards.
Tinie Tempah and Laura Mvula on the red carpet of the Bafta awards. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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Stars share childhood snaps in foster parents campaign

Dame Helen Mirren, Joanna Lumley and Peter Capaldi are among a host of celebrities who have shared their most cherished childhood snaps to front a new drive to recruit more foster carers.

Read: Children in care numbers 'rise to 90,000'

Helen Mirren shared this picture of herself as a child as part of the Barnardo's campaign to boost foster parenting numbers. Credit: Barnardos

More than 8,600 foster carers are urgently needed in the UK and the campaign, led by Barnardo's, is calling on members of the public to consider becoming foster parents and help create happy childhood memories for some of the most vulnerable youngsters.

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Mirren: 'I’m not going to be the first female Doctor Who'

Dame Helen Mirren has dismissed speculation that she might be the first female Doctor Who, telling Daybreak's Aled Jones "I absolutely wouldn’t contemplate that".

Dame Helen Mirren has dismissed speculation that she might be the first female Doctor Who.

“I’m not going to be the first female Doctor Who, no, no, no, absolutely not, I absolutely wouldn’t contemplate that...but I do think it’s well over-time to have a female Doctor Who.

"I think a gay, black female Doctor Who would be the best of all", Dame Helen added.

Watch Dame Helen's full interview

Helen Mirren: 'I was very cross' about drummers' noise

Wearing T-shirt supporting drummers, Dame Helen Mirren, has said she will be supporting drummers - just not when they play outside theatres.

Dame Helen Mirren broke character from her regal role on Saturday evening when she yelled at a group of drummers to be quiet while still dressed in her stage costume as Queen Elizabeth II.

When she was asked if she would do the same again, she replied: "Yes, if they make the same noise, I would say the same again. I was upset and very cross. I had just spent five minutes on stage trying to allow the audience to hear what I was saying, which was sort of impossible."

Watch: A video of Dame Helen Mirren confronting the drummers.

The Olivier Award winning actress left the Gielgud theatre in London during the interval to confront the group of performers who had stopped for a drum crescendo outside a nearby pub.

Read: Dame Helen Mirren gives drummers a royal telling off.

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