What a transformation! How Claire Danes has blossomed since she won her first Golden Globe for Best Actress in 1995

Claire Danes was the woman of the hour last night, as she took home the Best Actress award at the Golden Globes.

But fans of the Homeland star will remember that it's not the first, or indeed second time she has done so. As well as winning the award last year, for Temple Grandin, she was given the award for the first time at the tender age of 15, for her role as Angela Chase in My So Called Life.

Now, 17 years later, she was at the same event, taking home the very same award. But that is where the similarities ended.

Claire Danes

Claire Danes

Then and now: Claire Danes aged 15, at the Golden Globes in 1995 with her first Best Actress award (left) and last night, holding the same award, this time for her latest hit series, Homeland (right)

Where, last night, we saw a polished blonde, elegant in monochrome J Mendel and a slick of bright red lipstick, the young Claire was anything but.

Teenage actresses these days may have their pick of the Marchesa and Dolce & Gabbana collections, but back in the Nineties, young stars were stuck with either childrenswear or shapleless womenswear that, god forbid, did not look too sexy.

Claire Danes

Claire Danes

Polished: Ms Danes is now a sleek blonde, elegant in monochrome J Mendel and a slick of bright red lipstick

Our girl fell into the latter
category – the strappy black dress did her few favours, selected, no
doubt, because it did not reveal any cleavage, yet was long enough to be
considered formalwear.

Old hand: Claire Danes with her award for Temple Grandin at the Golden Globes in 2011

Old hand: Claire Danes with her award for Temple Grandin at the Golden Globes in 2011

Viewers of My So Called Life will
recall the actress as a redhead in those days, but for this awards ceremony, she
appears to have reverted to her natural brunette. Her make-up, too, was
kept natural, just a slick of lipstick and eyeliner, perhaps – not too
much given her age.

marks a major contrast with the woman we saw on the red carpet last
night, now so experienced at such events, she treads the tricky fashion
balance between classic and interesting with ease.

She suits her blonde hair colour, and understands well, that a bold lip needs little more than flawless skin to set it off.

But the differences between Ms Danes then and now don't end there. Last night she even made reference to her teenage acceptance speech while picking up her award.

She told the star-studded crowd: 'I first won this award when I was 15 for My So Called Life and I was utterly stunned and overwhelmed as one is, and the first thing I did is when I left the stage was burst into tears because I realised I had forgotten to thank my parents…

'I brought my mom with me tonight, Carla, and I am just so lucky to have another opportunity to let them know how deeply grateful I am to have their love and encouragement.'

Back in 1995 she was less composed. She said: 'Um, wow. I thought this would be good to be natural and spontaneous, but, um, that wasn't a really good idea.'

Yale-educated Ms Danes, now married to British actor Hugh Dancy, has enjoyed a stellar career since she first shot to stardom.

Where it all started: Claire at 15 as redhead Angela Chase in My So Called Life

Claire Danes

Stellar career: Ms Danes at 15 as Angela in My So Called Life (left) and in her new series Homeland (right)

Probably most famous for her role
opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo & Juliet, she has also appeared
in Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of John Grisham's The Rainmaker,
played Meryl Streep's daughter in The Hours, and appeared in The Family
Stone with Sarah Jessica Parker.

TV series Homeland, for which she won her most recent award, sees her play a CIA agent with bipolar disorder.