She became a mum for the first time when she welcomed her son Billy with her fiancé Jamie a year ago.
And Sheridan Smith looked flawless as she made her return to the red carpet alongside other famous faces at the Brit Awards on Tuesday night.
The actress, 39, flaunted her enviable figure in a thigh-skimming black velvet mini dress and a pair of strappy stilettos.
Wow! Sheridan Smith looked flawless as she made her return to the red carpet in a thigh-skimming black velvet mini dress at the Brit Awards on Tuesday night
Taking time off from her mum duties, Sheridan caught up with old pals before entering the event.
Rushing to embrace the singer Rag’n’Bone Man, 36, in her black ankle-strap stilettos, the pair embraced as the cameras flashed.
The Human hitmaker towered over the actress as they posed together at the A-list event.
Looking effortlessly cool in a pair of hexagonal sunglasses and a pair of Dr Martens, the musician flashed his pearly whites for the reunion snap.
Donning a stylish emerald and navy checked coat, Rag’n’Bone Man beamed ahead of his live performance at the awards.
Catching up: The actress rushed to embrace her pal Rag’n’Bone Man in her black ankle-strap stilettos before entering the event
Laughing and joking, the actress looked upbeat as she also posed with the actor and style icon Billy Porter, 51.
As expected, the American Horror Story star had pulled out all the stops for his red carpet look as he donned high-heeled boots and an intricate lace and silk dress.
Billy looked the vision of high class glamour as he smiled in a large black fascinator and toted a diamond encrusted white box bag.
Fashionable: She also posed with the actor and style icon Billy Porter, who looked the vision of high class glamour in a large black fascinator and toted a diamond encrusted white box bag
Sheridan kept things classy with her long-sleeved LBD and accentuated her assets with a cleavage-baring cut out detail.
She beamed as she worked her angles for the camera in the chic dress that made the most of her endless legs.
The award-winning actress styled her long blonde tresses in a stylish high ponytail with her curtain fringe falling flatteringly around her face.
Going full glam for the high profile award ceremony, Sheridan looked flawless in a full face of makeup, including lashings of mascara and a deep golden tan.
Chic: Sheridan kept things classy with her long-sleeved LBD and accentuated her assets with a cleavage-baring cut out detail
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The Brit Awards mark the first time that Sheridan has attended a red carpet event since the arrival of her son, Billy, last May.
The mother-of-one celebrated her son’s first birthday earlier this month and said that motherhood had made her ‘at peace with everything’.
Having been known for erratic behaviour, anxiety and self-doubt, the Two Pints of Lager actress admitted: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever felt like this before.
Model material: She beamed as she worked her angles for the camera in the chic dress that made the most of her endless legs
‘Regardless of anything going on in my career I’ve always felt insecure, worried about what people thought of me. And now I feel happy. That is a novelty.
‘I never knew I would be this person – a mum. Things used to seem so complicated, and now suddenly everything is so simple. I love Billy so much. I hold him and he’s looking at me and I know he loves me back and he needs me.
‘I’ve been looking for this all my life. I’ve looked in the wrong places – in nightclubs, going out drinking, pushing myself with work. Now in this little baby I’ve found that I’m at peace with everything.’
Blonde bombshell: The award-winning actress styled her long blonde tresses in a stylish high ponytail with her curtain fringe falling flatteringly around her face
Arriving at the ceremony solo in a large grey Audi, the actresses’ fiancé Jamie Horn appeared to have stayed home to look after Billy for the night.
In an explosion of colour and optimism, the 2021 Brit Awards celebrated the achievements of British and international artists over the last 18 months.
The awards ceremony truly belonged to Dua Lipa, 25, as the evening saw her scoop the accolade for Female Solo Artist and the Mastercard British Album of the Year Award for her lockdown hit Future Nostalgia.
This year’s Rising Star award winner Griff was handed the baton for the honour by 2020’s Rising Star winner Celeste, who herself was up for three further awards this year.
And Arlo Parks was crowned Breakthrough Artist, one of the three awards she was nominated for, after what has been an incredible year for the young London artist.
She also made her debut BRITs performance with an elegant rendition of ‘Hope’ and decorated the set as a sunflower field in a nod to the name of her debut album.
The most nominated girl band in Brit Award history, Little Mix finally bagged the title of British Group, having been up for the award three previous times.
Stepping out: Going full glam for the high profile award ceremony, Sheridan looked flawless in a full face of makeup, including lashings of mascara and a deep golden tan
Meanwhile, the International Group category followed a similar suit, with the California’s girl band HAIM in attendance to accept their award.
And the accolade for International Female was given to the 19-year-old Bad Guy hitmaker Billie Eilish, who accepted the award via a pre-recorded video acceptance speech.
The Weeknd emerged victorious in the International Male Solo Artist category with his award presented by the former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
The Blinding Lights hitmaker treated the audience to an unforgettable performance of his US No. 1 single ‘Save Your Tears’, pre-recorded from the US.
On home ground, Dem Boy Paigon hitmaker JHUS scooped the Male Solo Artist award, which was accepted on his behalf by DJ Semtex in his absence.
Following a successful awards season stateside, the One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles scooped the Brit for British Single with his summertime anthem Watermelon Sugar.
The first female artist to win the highest BRITs accolade and the UK’s biggest selling artist of the year to date, Taylor Swift appeared in person to accept the special Global Icon award, which was presented by Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams.
Each winner was presented with the Brit’s first ever collaborative double-trophy, designed by Es Devlin OBE and Yinka Ilori MBE, with each recipient encouraged to re-gift the smaller trophy to someone else.
Mum’s night off: The Brit Awards mark the first time that Sheridan has attended a red carpet event since the arrival of her son, Billy, last May
The ceremony, hosted by Jack Whitehall and broadcasted on ITV, was a celebration of the return to live music.
The show saw a total of 11 awards handed out alongside nine unbeatable show-stopping performances, six of which were able to be staged live in stadium.
The event took place in front of a live audience of 4,000 people at London’s The O2 six days before the next phase of lockdown lifts.
Of the small audience, 2,500 attendees were made up of key workers and their guests whose tickets were donated by the BRITs via a ballot.
Independent woman: The actresses’ fiancé Jamie Horn appeared to have stayed home to look after Billy for the night as she arrived at the ceremony solo
Working closely with the Government to adhere to safety guidelines, The BRITs, as the first live music show at The O2 in over a year, played an important role in paving the way for the return of live music at scale as the UK emerges from the past year’s restrictions.
Audience members were not required to be socially distanced or wear face coverings in the arena, but were required to follow existing Government guidance when travelling to the venue and adhere to rules set out by the event organisers.
Attendees had to show proof of a negative lateral flow test result to enter the venue, and as part of the wider scientific research on the trial events, all attendees were asked to take a test post-event to gather further evidence on the safety of indoor settings, reduced social distancing and the removal of non-pharmaceutical interventions like face coverings.
They also were asked to provide contact details for NHS Test and Trace to ensure everyone can be traced in the event of an audience member receiving a positive test after the event.
How did BRIT Awards go ahead during the Covid pandemic?
The 2021 BRIT Awards marked the first live music event in the UK since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The indoor ceremony and live show formed part of the Government’s scientific Events Research Programme.
Enhanced testing approaches will examine how events can take place without the need for social distancing after all restrictions are lifted on June 21.
4,000 tickets were made available for the live ceremony, just one fifth of the venue’s 20,000 capacity, with 2,500 of those being given to key workers.
The BRITs will play an important role in paving the way for the return of live music at scale as the UK emerges from the past year’s restrictions.
Audience members were not socially distanced or required to wear face coverings once seated inside the arena, though they were required in communal areas such as the toilet or main concourse.
All attendees were allowed to purchase alcohol and concessions once inside the O2 Arena.
Attendees were also required to follow existing Government guidance when travelling to the venue and adhere to rules set out by the event organisers.
Among the rules, attendees had to provide proof of a negative lateral flow test result to enter the venue, and said test had to be taken at an asymptomatic testing site within 36 hours of the ceremony.
Upon arrival at the venue, all attendess were asked to take a PCR test, and will then take another test five days after the ceremony
It’s hoped this will gather further evidence on the safety of indoor settings, reduced social distancing and the removal of non-pharmaceutical interventions like face coverings.
As part of the wider scientific research on the trial events, attendees will also be asked to take a test after the event to gather further evidence on the safety of indoor settings, reduced social distancing and the removal of non-pharmaceutical interventions like face coverings.
The show is set to award Taylor Swift – who will make history as the first ever female to be given BRITs Global Icon Award at the ceremony.
The 11-time Grammy Award winner, 31, will join former winners Elton John, Robbie Williams and David Bowie in being given with the award in recognition of her impact on music across the world and incredible repertoire and achievements to date.
In numbers provided by Official Charts Company, Taylor is the UK’s biggest selling artist of the year to date in 2021 and has sold over 114m albums worldwide with total global audio + video streams reaching 78b.
Covid-safe celebrities: The 2021 Brit Awards will mark the first major indoor music event in over a year and adhere to safety guidelines
Taylor is the only artist in history to have four consecutive albums – Speak Now, RED, 1989 and reputation – sell over one million copies in their week of release.
She is also the only artist to have nine albums each sell at least half a million copies in a single week, with Fearless, Speak Now, RED, 1989, reputation, Lover, folklore, evermore, Fearless (Taylor’s Version).
Taylor is nominated for a second BRIT award this year for International Female Solo Artist, her sixth BRIT nomination to date.
The Icon gong is the highest accolade given and is reserved for truly exceptional artists – following on from Elton, Robbie and David.
Nominations were unveiled in March, with Celeste, Dua Lipa, Joel Corry and Young T & Bugsey joining Arlo Parks in receiving three nominations each, and Jessie Ware, J Hus, Bicep, AJ Tracey up for two awards as with Headie One.
Confirmed to perform on the show are: Arlo Parks, Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Griff – this year’s Rising Star award winner – Headie One, Olivia Rodrigo, and Rag’n’Bone Man & P!nk with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir.
BRIT AWARDS WINNERS 2021
FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
DUA LIPA – WINNER
LIANNE LA HAVAS
MALE SOLO ARTIST
J HUS – WINNER
LITTLE MIX – WINNER
YOUNG T & BUGSEY
BRITs RISING STAR
GRIFF WARNER – WINNER
ARLO PARKS COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS
CELESTE NOT YOUR MUSE
DUA LIPA FUTURE NOSTALGIA – WINNER
J HUS BIG CONSPIRACY
JESSIE WARE WHAT’S YOUR PLEASURE?
HAIM – WINNER
RUN THE JEWELS
ARLO PARKS – WINNER
YOUNG T & BUGSEY
220 KID & GRACEY DON’T NEED LOVE
AITCH & AJ TRACEY FT TAY KEITH RAIN
DUA LIPA PHYSICAL
HARRY STYLES WATERMELON SUGAR – WINNER
HEADIE ONE FT AJ TRACEY & STORMZY AIN’T IT DIFFERENT
JOEL CORRY FT MNEK HEAD & HEART
NATHAN DAWE FT KSI LIGHTER
REGARD & RAYE SECRETS
S1MBA FT DTG ROVER PARLOPHONE
YOUNG T & BUGSEY FT HEADIE ONE DON’T RUSH
INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
BILLIE EILISH – WINNER
INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
TAME IMPALA FICTION
THE WEEKND – WINNER
Source: Daily Mail