From Kylie Minogue to Lady Gaga: Dave Benett’s best pics of 2021

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Evening Standard photographer Dave Benett started his career in the Seventies, and has seen and done it all - there is scarcely an A-lister who hasn’t appeared before his camera lens.

But there hasn’t been a year quite like 2021 before. His snaps of celebs on the red carpet, ranging from Harry Styles to Lady Gaga, have charted the year’s biggest showbiz events.

Having to navigate Covid proved a bit of a challenge - but not one the Standard’s chief entertainment photographer was unable to surpass.

We caught up with Benett to talk about his top pictures of the year and what he’s most looking forward to in 2022.

What were the best events?

Jason Momoa, Zendaya and Timothee Chalamet attend a post-screening cocktail reception for
Jason Momoa, Zendaya and Timothee Chalamet attend a post-screening cocktail reception for

“The best premier was probably Lady Gaga for House of Gucci. She arrived in the only hybrid Bentley in existence, it was a white car, it took over the red carpet.

“The most fun event would’ve been Dune and the private party the night before, it was the three of them [Jason Momoa, Zendaya and Timothee Chalamet] that was great fun.

“And the Beatles: Get Back premier, everyone was excited to see Paul, they hadn’t seen him for a while.”

Who was your favourite celebrity to photograph this year?

Kylie Minogue launches her new fragrance 'Darling (Dave Benett)
Kylie Minogue launches her new fragrance 'Darling (Dave Benett)

“Kylie was great to photograph, she’s leaving London, and it was a bit of a farewell tour. But also Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina.

“Edward Enninful was also great, and his new tenure as Vogue editor had brought a real punch in the shoulder for it.”

Most fun party guest?

Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Walpole British Luxury Awards at The Dorchester (Dave Benett)
Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Walpole British Luxury Awards at The Dorchester (Dave Benett)

“Dua Lipa is really lovely, she’s very much a normal girl, feet firmly on the ground. But closely followed by Rita Ora and her new man, Taika Waititi.”

What has been the biggest challenge?

“The biggest challenge I suppose is to persuade the main event organisations to have the events - there was a lot of pressure for them not to happen but it was amazing they did.”

What has working through Covid been like?

“London had a complete lockdown until April, and it was only very small groups at first.

“But once we came back in the summer everything kicked off. London partied more than they would’ve done because they missed it so much.

“Everything was bigger and better for the three months - until Omicron arrived and spoiled it again.”

Your stand out moments of 2021?

Sharon Stone attends the amfAR Cannes Gala 2021 at Villa Eilenroc (Dave Benett)
Sharon Stone attends the amfAR Cannes Gala 2021 at Villa Eilenroc (Dave Benett)

“It was great to travel again and especially to go to Cannes this year… There were lots of American and British actresses who came who really supported it, and to be able to go to Paris again for Paris Fashion Week and photograph Vivienne Westwood as well.

“It was great to see all the hotels opening again this year like the NoMad and the Londoner too.”

Most looking forward to the New Year?

“I’m hoping London stays open and we get all the parties that we normally have. By February, hopefully we should be doing the Brits, London Fashion Week and the Baftas.”

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