Sheridan Smith cuts a skinny figure as she walks the red carpet at The Quartet premiere

Aren't you a bit cold A skinny Sheridan Smith flashes the flesh as she walks the red carpet at Quartet premiere

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21:13 GMT, 15 October 2012

It may be the middle of October, but that didn't stop Sheridan Smith from flashing the flesh as she stepped out in London on Monday night.

Attending the gala screening of her new movie, Quartet, during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon Leicester Square, the 31-year-old actress bared all in a strapless silver dress.

The Mrs Biggs star cut a skinny figure as she posed on the red carpet in the skimpy peplum-detail frock, which she teamed with black peep-toe stilettos, silver hoop earrings and her blonde hair teased into an up-do.

Chilly: Sheridan Smith ignored the autumnal weather conditions and stepped out in a strapless silver dress as she attended the gala screening of her new movie, Quartet

Chilly: Sheridan Smith ignored the autumnal weather conditions and stepped out in a strapless silver dress as she attended the gala screening of her new movie, Quartet

Slim: The 31-year-old actress showed off her toned arms and dcolletage as she posed during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon Leicester Square

Slim: The 31-year-old actress showed off her toned arms and dcolletage as she posed during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon Leicester Square

Slim: The 31-year-old actress showed off her toned arms and dcolletage as she posed during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon Leicester Square

Putting her hands on her hips to pose for photographs, Sheridan showed off her toned arms and dcolletage as she stepped out on the chilly autumnal evening.

And it would seem her Quartet co-star, Scottish comedian Billy Connolly, was mindful of the blonde beauty's temperature, as he rushed to cover her from the breeze with his long black coat.

Giggling away together, the pair seemed to be getting along famously as they posed up alongside their fellow cast members, Dame Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins, Dame Gwyneth Jones and Sir Tom Courtenay.

Happy days: Sheridan Smith seemed to be in good spirits as she flashed the flesh on the red carpet

Happy days: Sheridan Smith seemed to be in good spirits as she flashed the flesh on the red carpet

Happy days: Sheridan Smith seemed to be in good spirits as she flashed the flesh on the red carpet

A helping hand: Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connolly seemed keen to protect his co-star from the chilly weather

A helping hand: Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connolly seemed keen to protect his co-star from the chilly weather

Cast: Sheridan Smith, Billy Connolly, Dame Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay and Dustin Hoffman

Cast: Sheridan Smith, Billy Connolly, Dame Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay and Dustin Hoffman

Also in attendance was Hollywood star Dustin Hoffman, who makes his directorial debut with the Quartet.

The Oscar-winning actor seemed to be his usual playful self, and was spotted planting a huge kiss on the cheek of Pauline Collins and wrapping his arms around Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith in a tight embrace.

Doting: Sheridan made sure to greet a number of devoted fans in the crowd

Doting: Sheridan made sure to greet a number of devoted fans in the crowd

Pals: The group seemed to be sharing a joke as they posed together on the red carpet

Pals: The group seemed to be sharing a joke as they posed together on the red carpet

Joker: Director Dustin Hoffman seemed to be in a playful mood as he treated Dame Maggie Smith to a huge squeeze and gave Pauline Collins a big kiss on the cheek

Joker: Director Dustin Hoffman seemed to be in a playful mood as he treated Dame Maggie Smith to a huge squeeze and gave Pauline Collins a big kiss on the cheek

Joker: Director Dustin Hoffman seemed to be in a playful mood as he treated Dame Maggie Smith to a huge squeeze and gave Pauline Collins a big kiss on the cheek

Aside from the cast and crew, former supermodel Twiggy also turned out to see the movie, accompanied by her husband Leigh Lawson.

Based on the play by the same name by Ronald Harwood, comedy-drama Quartet sees Dame Maggie Smith, Courtenay, Collins and Connolly play four retired opera singers living together in a retirement home who put on an annual concert.

Hoffman, who stepped behind the camera for the first time in the British flick, told BBC News of his directorial debut: 'Sometimes it takes you 40 years to get around to doing something.'

Leading ladies: Pauline Collins (L) and Dame Maggie Smith (R) looked elegant as they hit the red carpet

Leading ladies: Pauline Collins (L) and Dame Maggie Smith (R) looked elegant as they hit the red carpet

Leading ladies: Pauline Collins (L) and Dame Maggie Smith (R) looked elegant as they hit the red carpet

A-list: Producer Finola Dwyer, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Billy Connelly, Tom Courtenay, Dame Maggie Smith, Ronald Harwood, Pauline Collins and Dustin Hoffman

A-list: Producer Finola Dwyer, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Billy Connelly, Tom Courtenay, Dame Maggie Smith, Ronald Harwood, Pauline Collins and Dustin Hoffman