Rosamund Pike and Laura Carmichael dazzle as A United Kingdom opens the London Film Festival


The stars of A United Kingdom descended on the glittering red carpet on Wednesday evening as the hotly-anticipated movie premiere opened the BFI London Film Festival.

Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike led the way in a gorgeous white gown with an asymmetric strap and a unique feathered detail across her middle.

Rosamund Pike

Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael didn't look too far away from her TV alter-ego Lady Edith in an elegant baby blue vintage dress.

They were joined by co-star and Selma actor David Oyelowo and his wife Jessica, who upstaged him in her beautiful, glittering black dress.

Laura Carmichael

David and Jessica Oyelowo

Tom Felton

Other stars from the movie on the red carpet at London's Leicester Square were Tom Felton and Charlotte Hope and the film's director Amma Asante, who is famed for 2013 movie Belle.

The film tells the love story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland, now modern Botswana, and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of opposition from their families and governments.

The premiere marked the opening night gala of the annual London Film Festival, which will run until October 16.

Amma Asante

Charlotte Hope