Kimberley Walsh and Kara Tointon lead the glamour stakes at Whatsonstage.com awards


Staged to perfection: Kimberley Walsh and Kara Tointon lead the glamour stakes at theatre awards

Kimberley Walsh has become accustomed to dressing in an unflattering green outfit while playing an ogre on stage, while Kara Tointon's currently dressing in drab clothes for her turn in the theatre.

So no wonder the pair took the opportunity to dress to the nines at the Whatsonstage.com theatre awards on Sunday night.

The singer and actress led the stylish ladies gracing the red carpet as they entered the glitzy event.

Stunners: Stars if the theatre Kimberley Walsh and Kara Tointon dressed to impress as they turned up to the Whatsonstage.com awards on Sunday night

Stunners: Stars if the theatre Kimberley Walsh and Kara Tointon dressed to impress as they turned up to the Whatsonstage.com awards on Sunday night

Stunners: Stars of the theatre Kimberley Walsh and Kara Tointon drew attention in their stunning dresses as they turned up to the Whatsonstage.com awards on Sunday night

Girls Aloud singer Kimberley, who currently plays Princess Fiona in Shrek: The Musical, was a lady in red for the night as she donned a scarlet frock.

The strapless dress with a heart shaped bust flattered her figure and showed off her tanned skin.

Matching the outfit with beige heels with bow detailing and a cute clutch, the singer looked gleaming as she joined in the festivities.

Lady in red: She failed to pick up a prize but Kimberley was a winner in the style stakes at the bash

Lady in red: She failed to pick up a prize but Kimberley was a winner in the style stakes at the bash

Ditching the ogre clothes: The Girls Aloud singer is normally dressed in green for her stint in Shrek: The Musical

Ditching the ogre clothes: The Girls Aloud singer is normally dressed in green for her stint in Shrek: The Musical

Ditching the ogre clothes: The Girls Aloud singer is normally dressed in green for her stint in Shrek: The Musical

And Kara looked just as ravishing as she styled herself especially for the awards show at the Prince of Wales theatre in London.

The actress can currently be seen in Absent Friends, in which she has to dress in dowdy clothing and unflattering hairstyles every night.

But on Sunday she was immaculate in an intricate silver gown which showed off her tiny frame with the off-shoulder cut.

The dress, which was embellished with flowers and lace, was teamed with strappy heels.

And she tied her new hair-do up into a high bun, showing off her new fringe style, which was brushed forward.

Glammed up: Kara is currently starring in stage show Absent Friends but she had plenty of looks in this flattering get-up

Glammed up: Kara is currently starring in stage show Absent Friends but she had plenty of looks from admirers in this flattering get-up

The former EastEnders star had only debuted the choppy new look earlier this week as she enjoyed the Jasper Conran catwalk show during London Fashion Week.

Stage queen Sheridan Smith was also dressed to the max for the awards in her little black number.

The former blonde looked ravishing with her red hair tied back, showing off the pencil skirt with sheer top.

It was a sophisticated look for the star, who posed with comedian Alan Davies, who also looked dapper in his suit and tie.

Hosts: Sheridan Smith and comedian Alan Davies presented the awards show at London's Prince of Wales Theatre

Hosts: Sheridan Smith and comedian Alan Davies presented the awards show at London's Prince of Wales Theatre

Striking a pose: The stage queen dressed to impress in pencil skirt with a sheer top as she was also joined by Jenny Eclair for hosting duties

Striking a pose: The stage queen dressed to impress in pencil skirt with a sheer top as she was also joined by Jenny Eclair for hosting duties

Striking a pose: The stage queen dressed to impress in pencil skirt with a sheer top as she was also joined by Jenny Eclair for hosting duties

Sheridan hosted the event alongside Alan and Jenny Eclair, writing on Twitter before the show: 'Backstage at @Whatsonstage awards with @alandavies1 & @jennyeclair about to go on.Make some noise plse audience,let's make it a good one! :D'

Throughout the night prizes were handed out to stars including Amanda Holden, who won Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Shrek: The Musical before Kimberley took over.

Her colleague Nigel Harman also won Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for the same show, while Catherine Tate was handed the Best Supporting actress in a Play title for Seasons Greetings at the National, Lyttelton.

The Best Actor in a Play award went to Gavin & Stacey star James Corden for his successful stint in One Man, Two Guvnors, which will transfer from the West End to Broadway later this year.

He saw off competition from the likes of Kevin Spacey, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jude Law and David Tennant for the prize.

And Best Actress in a Play went to veteran star Vanessa Redgrave for her role in Driving Miss Daisy.