Kara Tointon gets support from partner Artem Chigvintsev as the former EastEnder turns theatre star on Pygmalion opening night

Kara Tointon gets support from partner Artem Chigvintsev as the former EastEnder turns theatre star on Pygmalion opening night

My fair lady! Kara Tointon gets support from partner Artem Chigvintsev as the former EastEnder turns theatre star on Pygmalion opening night

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West End debut: Kara looks thrilled as she takes her curtain call at London

West End debut: Kara looks thrilled as she takes her curtain call at London”s Garrick Theatre alongside Rupert Everett at the opening night of Pygmalion

Dazzling: The former EastEnders star was waring a black and white strapless dress with a geometric pattern and mirrors inset into the bodice Dazzling: The former EastEnders star was waring a black and white strapless dress with a geometric pattern and mirrors inset into the bodice

Dazzling: The former EastEnders star was wearing a black and white strapless dress with a geometric pattern and mirrors inset into the bodice

Pucker up: Artem Chigvintsev plants a smacker on girlfriend Kara Tointon

Pucker up: Artem Chigvintsev plants a smacker on girlfriend Kara Tointon”s forehead at the after party of the Pygmalion opening night in London

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She”s a hit: The reviews for Kara”s performance as Eliza Doolittle have been resoundingly positive

Curtain call: A luminous Kara, centre, with the rest of the cast of the London revival of Pygmalion

Curtain call: A luminous Kara, centre, with the rest of the cast of the London revival of Pygmalion

Family affair: Last year

Family affair: Last year”s Strictly winner Kara and her Inbetweeners star sister Hannah with mother Carol and father Ken

Bosom buddies: Nadia Sawalha in a very low cut top and Louie Spence with show star Rupert Bosom buddies: Nadia Sawalha in a very low cut top and Louie Spence with show star Rupert

Bosom buddies: Actress Nadia Sawalha and dancer Louie Spence with show star Rupert Everett at the National Gallery Cafe for the aftershow party

Break a leg: Fellow Strictly stars Joe Calzaghe and partner Kristina Rihanoff, Marie Helvin and Ronnie Ancona were at the after party to toast KaraBreak a leg: Fellow Strictly stars Joe Calzaghe and partner Kristina Rihanoff, Marie Helvin and Ronnie Ancona were at the after party to toast KaraBreak a leg: Fellow Strictly stars Joe Calzaghe and partner Kristina Rihanoff, Marie Helvin and Ronnie Ancona were at the after party to toast Kara

Break a leg: Fellow Strictly stars Joe Calzaghe and partner Kristina Rihanoff, left, model Marie Helvin, centre, and impressionist Ronnie Ancona were all at the after party to toast Kara”s West End debut

Fair ladies: Fellow former EastEnders star Martine McCutcheon took to the stage as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at LondonFair ladies: Fellow former EastEnders star Martine McCutcheon took to the stage as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at London

Fair ladies: Former EastEnders star Martine McCutcheon took to the stage as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at London”s National Theatre in 2001 but the role”s iconic star was Audrey Hepburn in the 1964 film version

On the Square: Kara as Dawn Swann, with co-star Laurie Brett as Jane Beale, in a 2005 episode of EastEnders

On the Square: Kara as Dawn Swann, with co-star Laurie Brett as Jane Beale, in a 2005 episode of EastEnders