Stars arrive for GQ Men of the Year awards

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Stars including Maya Jama, Ed Sheeran and Anne-Marie arrived at the 2021 GQ Men of the Year Awards.

They joined a guest list including Stormzy, James Norton, Quentin Tarantino, Ellie Goulding and Jourdan Dunn at the annual event.

Sheeran arrived in a multicoloured jacket loaned to him by Sir Elton John.

He said he borrowed the outfit, which included a colourful jacket, white shirt and black tie, after his fellow singer told him he has “dressed terribly for the last 10 years”.

Speaking on the red carpet, Sheeran said: “I have always been the non-stylish person. I have been lent a nice suit.

“This is from Donatella Versace and basically I have gone round Elton’s for dinner and he said, ‘You’ve dressed terribly for the last 10 years, let me sort you out’.

“So this is Elton sorting me out.”

Also attending were Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, Professor Catherine Green and the team behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine who will be given the heroes of the year award.

The team was recognised on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, with Prof Gilbert made a dame after helping mastermind the new vaccine and Prof Green awarded an OBE for services to science and public health.

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Emily Atack (Getty Images)

The annual award ceremony, taking place on September 1 and held in association with Boss, will be hosted by actor and musician Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina.

The married couple will jointly host the 24th edition of the awards at an in-person ceremony which will also see Sir Anthony Hopkins receive the legend award.

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Alexa Chung (PA)

Dame Sarah, who co-designed the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, has had a Barbie doll created in her honour by toy company Mattel and she was among the medical staff and other “inspirational individuals” who were given a standing ovation at this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament while a guest in the Royal Box.

She told GQ of the moment: “I didn’t know it was going to happen and would rather not have been filmed when it suddenly, unexpectedly did.”

The GQ Men of the Year Awards 2021 in association with Boss take place on September 1.

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