Making a statement! Gabrielle Union takes centre stage in dramatic backless gown as she arrives at BFI Film Festival screening
With her dramatic dress, complete with full skirt emblazoned with butterflies, Gabrielle Union cut a dramatic figure as she arrived at the BFI Film Festival on Tuesday night.
The 42-year-old stunned in the gown with featured a velvet halterneck detail showing off the actress's toned back and arms.
Gabrielle's hair was pulled into a high ponytail and she accessorised with simple diamond earrings and layers of rings.
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Dramatic: Gabrielle Union made an eye catching entrance to the BFI screening of her new film Birth Of A Nation on Tuesday
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The highly anticipated film, Birth of a Nation made it's debut at the BFI film festival in London and Gabrielle Union was by far the star of the red carpet.
The Being Mary Jane actress chose a look from Zuhair Murad's Fall 2016 collection that featured a velvet halterneck top in a vivid shade of aubergine and a full, floor length skirt that was covered in a butterfly print.
Gabrielle exuded elegance and sex appeal and she chose to wear minimal jewelry and a high ponytail to round out the look.
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The actress seemed in good spirits, larking about with her co-stars Armie Hammer and Chike Okonkwo on the Odeon Leicester Square red carpet.
The Social Network star Armie brought his wife Elizabeth Chambers along for the event.
The actress showed off her burgeoning baby bump in a stunning Ralph Lauren black dress.
Butterflies: The actress showed off her figure in the gown which featured a butterfly design
Larking about: Gabielle enjoyed catching up with co-stars Armie Hammer and Chike Okonkwo
Expecting: Armie brought along his pregnant wife Elizabeth Chambers for the event
Silent star: In the film Gabrielle plays one of the plantation's community of slaves and remarkably has no dialogue on the movie
Armie and Elizabeth recently announced via Instagram that they were expecting their second child together.
The couple are already parents to 22-month-old daughter Harper.
The Birth Of A Nation follows the true story of Nat Turner, who led a slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831.
In the film Gabrielle plays Esther - one of the plantation's community of slaves and remarkably has no dialogue in the movie.
Stars of the show: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Gabrielle Union and Chike Okonkwo
Parents-to-be: There was no keeping the smiles of Armie and his wife's faces at the screening
Highlight: Gabrielle described her role in the movie as her 'most challenging and rewarding'
'Career-wise, it gets no better than this,' Gabrielle recently told Ocean Drive magazine. 'It’s by far the smallest role I’ve ever taken, but easily the most challenging and the most rewarding.'
Her character ends up working in the main house, where she is violated by one of the plantation's white guests.
'He sees her and feels entitled to her body,' she explained. 'What happens to her is one of the things that sets in motion one of the most successful slave liberations in the history of our country.'
Fancy seeing you here! Gabrielle and Chike posed together on the red carpet
Suited and booted: Armie cut a dapper figure in a grey smart suit with a burgundy tie
Involved: Nate Parker wrote, produced and directed the movie
Meanwhile, the BFI also hosted a smattering of other films with Christopher Lloyd, Lisa Loiacono, Avril Daly and Nick Ryan stepping out for the I Am Not A Serial Killer screening.
And Christopher Doyle, Neneh Cherry and Mark Cousins attended the Stockholm My Love event.
That film sees Neneh star as a Swedish architect fascinated by the way buildings influence lives.
Star-studded: Christopher Doyle, Neneh Cherry and Mark Cousins attended the Stockholm My Love event
Promotional: Christopher Lloyd, Lisa Loiacono, Avril Daly and Nick Ryan step out for the I Am Not A Serial Killer screening
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