BAFTA stars shine despite the damp

STARS were greeted by a soggy red carpet as they arrived for last night's TV Baftas.

The balmy weekend gave way to light showers minutes before actors began arriving, and onlookers briefly displayed a sea of colourful umbrellas. But the sun again shone in time for the ceremony's start.

A Doctor Who-style Tardis was also transported on to the red carpet, and at one point ceremony host Graham Norton, wearing a black sequinned jacket, burst out of it while filming.

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Helena Bonham Carter arrived in a typically offbeat outfit consisting of a red dress, tinted glasses and miniature top hat with black netting. US star Jane Lynch, who plays a cheerleading coach in the cult hit Glee, greeted autograph hunters. John Hurt signed autographs as he arrived in a collarless suit. With her hair piled up, EastEnder Barbara Windsor wore a dramatic black dress, sheer blouse and sparkly earrings.Ant and Dec donned matching black suits and ties.