It’s the biggest night in theatre, with scores of talented stars hoping to be recognised for their achievements on the stage.

So Gemma Arterton and Laura Carmichael ensured they pulled out all the stops for the annual Olivier Awards, which were held at the iconic Royal Opera House in London on Sunday night.

Clad in a glittering purple gown that hugged her slender curves, the 30-year-old actress put on a dazzling display as she glimmered under the bright lights of the red carpet, no doubt full of elation after being nominated for Best Actress In A Play for her role in Nell Gywnn.

Featuring added embellishment and chunky jewels along the neckline, Gemma looked dressed to win as she prepared to find out if she beat her prestigious competition on the evening, which includes Nicole Kidman.

Adding another dimension to her glitzy gown, it bore billowing chiffon sleeves that flared out above the wrist, whilst a risque split flashed her extravagant heels which laced up with intricate purple threading.