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Lily James puts on a brave face at BIFA amid Matt Smith’s ‘close friendship with Claire Foy’

It’s been rumoured that she’d split from boyfriend of five years Matt Smith, after the couple hadn’t been seen together in months.

And Lily James put on a brave face as she was seen for the first time since it was revealed that Matt had ‘formed a close friendship with The Crown co-star Claire Foy following their split’.

The actress, 30, looked stunning in a black suede maxi dress as she attended the 22nd British Independent Film Awards in Old Billingsgate, London on Sunday.

Stepping out: Lily James put on a brave face as she was seen for the first time since it was revealed Matt Smith had 'formed a close friendship with The Crown co-star Claire Foy

Stepping out: Lily James put on a brave face as she was seen for the first time since it was revealed Matt Smith had ‘formed a close friendship with The Crown co-star Claire Foy

Her eye-catching high-collared gown featured satin white cuffs, silver buttons and a high split that showcased her slender pins. 

Lily teamed her attire with appointed black heels and carried her essentials in a black clutch bag.

The Downton Abbey star added a chic palette of make-up to her face, while her brunette tresses were styled into a sleek centre-parting. 

The starlet smiled at the camera and posed up a storm at the event, despite the supposed woes in her love life, while Matt was snapped on a casual stroll in the capital earlier in the day.  

Looking good: The actress, 30, looked stunning in a black suede maxi dress as she attended the 22nd British Independent Film Awards in Old Billingsgate, London on Sunday

Looking good: The actress, 30, looked stunning in a black suede maxi dress as she attended the 22nd British Independent Film Awards in Old Billingsgate, London on Sunday

Out and about: While Lily upped the glam at the awards, Matt Smith, 37, cut a casual figure as he went for an afternoon stroll in London with a friend on Sunday

Out and about: While Lily upped the glam at the awards, Matt Smith, 37, cut a casual figure as he went for an afternoon stroll in London with a friend on Sunday 

Brave face: Lily stunned as she headed out for the night, despite the reported woes in her personal life

Brave face: Lily stunned as she headed out for the night, despite the reported woes in her personal life

Fashionista: Her eye-catching high-collared gown featured satin white cuffs, silver buttons and a high split that showcased her slender pins

A vision: The star looked sensational in her suede maxi dress

Fashionista: Her eye-catching high-collared gown featured satin white cuffs, silver buttons and a high split that showcased her slender pins

On stage: Lily took to the stage to present the Richard Harris Award

On stage: Lily took to the stage to present the Richard Harris Award 

Victory: The Mamma Mia star announced the winner as Kristin Scott Thomas

Victory: The Mamma Mia star announced the winner as Kristin Scott Thomas

It’s been reported that she has not been seen with boyfriend Matt for several months while his The Crown co-star Claire Foy is said to be providing him with a consoling shoulder. 

The actor starred as a young Prince Philip opposite Claire as Elizabeth II in the first two series of The Crown. 

And now close friends say that Claire has been a support for Matt, whose relationship with Lily has been the subject of increasing talk among showbiz insiders.

The couple have been dating for five years but have not been seen together for months, although suggestions that they have broken up are no more than unconfirmed gossip.

Thrilled: Kristin appeared over the moon as she held the Swarovski trophy

Thrilled: Kristin appeared over the moon as she held the Swarovski trophy

Over the moon: Kristen and Lily later posed for a photo

Over the moon: Kristen and Lily later posed for a photo 

Happy: Kristin beamed as she wrapped her arms around Lily

Happy: Kristin beamed as she wrapped her arms around Lily 

Finishing touches: Lily teamed her attire with appointed black heels and carried her essentials in a black clutch bag

Finishing touches: Lily teamed her attire with appointed black heels and carried her essentials in a black clutch bag

Stunning: The Downton Abbey star added a chic palette of make-up to her face, while her brunette tresses were styled into a sleek centre-parting

Stunning: The Downton Abbey star added a chic palette of make-up to her face, while her brunette tresses were styled into a sleek centre-parting

Matt and Claire have formed a close and mutually supportive friendship, and have been spending time together near their different homes in North London in recent weeks, a source told The Mail on Sunday.

The two Crown stars recently appeared together on stage in an acclaimed production of Lungs at the Old Vic in London.

The play, in which they portrayed husband and wife, required them to spend extensive time together in rehearsals and over three weeks of performances.

The friends seemed to revel in each other’s company at the opening night after-party in October.

Wow factor: Eleanor Tomlinson brought the glamour in a black velvet midi dress

Wow factor: Eleanor Tomlinson brought the glamour in a black velvet midi dress 

Stunning: Holliday Grainger, 31, meanwhile, put on a leggy display in a black tuxedo minidress for the glitzy award ceremony

Stunning: Holliday Grainger, 31, meanwhile, put on a leggy display in a black tuxedo minidress for the glitzy award ceremony

Glitzy: Charlie's Angels star Ella Balinska caught the eye in a pearl satin minidress which was adorned with silver gems

Glitzy: Charlie’s Angels star Ella Balinska caught the eye in a pearl satin minidress which was adorned with silver gems 

Lady in red: Kristin Scott Thomas, 59, looked picture-perfect in a red lace dress with Victoriana neckline and cuffs

Lady in red: Kristin Scott Thomas, 59, looked picture-perfect in a red lace dress with Victoriana neckline and cuffs 

Glamorous: Aisling Bea cut a stylish figure in a bardot silk gown with fringe floor-length skirt

Glamorous: Aisling Bea cut a stylish figure in a bardot silk gown with fringe floor-length skirt 

Daring display: Hannah John-Kamen, 30, opted to go braless in a plunging sequin suit

Daring display: Hannah John-Kamen, 30, opted to go braless in a plunging sequin suit 

Gorgeous: Lily posed for a series of stunning snapshots at the BIFA Awards

Gorgeous: Lily posed for a series of stunning snapshots at the BIFA Awards

Animated display: The actress looked adorable as she pulled a series of funny faces

Working it: Lily put on a playful display at the event

Animated display: The actress looked adorable as she pulled a series of funny faces

Speaking to Vogue as she promoted the climate-change drama, Claire gushed of the actor: ‘To me, Matt is my friend and we acted together, as opposed to me seeing him as Prince Philip.

‘From the inside it makes sense, from the outside, maybe not. I think the most important thing is I want to be good for Matt – and, I presume, Matt wants to be good for me.’

Around the same time, onlookers said the two stars looked relaxed and happy in each other’s company as they strolled on the streets of London, on one occasion giggling as they shared jokes.

Presentation: Eleanor and Sam Clafin headed on stage to present an award

Presentation: Eleanor and Sam Clafin headed on stage to present an award 

Strutting her stuff: Ella, 23, worked the cameras as she strutted down the blue carpet in her nude heels

Sleek: She wore her raven locks in a sleek sophisticated centre-parting

Glitzy: Charlie’s Angels star Ella Balinska caught the eye in a pearl satin minidress which was adorned with silver gems 

Beautiful: She had her brunette locks freshly blow-dried for the occasion

Lady in red: Kristin Scott Thomas, 59, looked picture-perfect in a red lace dress with Victoriana neckline and cuffs 

Glamorous: Aisling Bea cut a stylish figure in a bardot silk gown with fringe floor-length skirt

Dramatic: The fringed skirt featured a moderate trail

Glamorous: Aisling Bea cut a stylish figure in a bardot silk gown with fringe floor-length skirt 

Red carpet ready: Aisling, 35, exuded old Hollywood glamour with her pin-curled hair and polished make-up look

Red carpet ready: Aisling, 35, exuded old Hollywood glamour with her pin-curled hair and polished make-up look

Meanwhile, Lily had been enjoying a girls’ holiday in South Africa with her stylist friend Rebecca Corbin-Murray.

Describing each other as ‘post-traumatic stress disorder buddies’, the two women have documented their holiday on social media, posting from a variety of spectacular locations on a daily basis.

Lily posted an image of her and Rebecca at an animal sanctuary with the words ‘National Cheetahs’ garishly emblazoned on it – prompting commentators to suggest that she was making a mischievous response to the relationship rumours.

Lily fell for Matt in 2014 when they met on the set of the film Pride And Prejudice And Zombies.

Co-stars: Matt and Claire Foy  have reportedly formed a close friendship, and have been spending time together near their different homes [pictured last year]

Co-stars: Matt and Claire Foy  have reportedly formed a close friendship, and have been spending time together near their different homes [pictured last year]

Relationship: Lily has not been seen with boyfriend Matt for several months  [pictured in September 2018]

Relationship: Lily has not been seen with boyfriend Matt for several months  [pictured in September 2018]

But they have not been seen together in public since August, when they enjoyed a night out in Kentish Town with a friend who was visiting from America.

The friend posted pictures of Lily dancing in the street, while Matt was seen joining the friend for a cigarette break under a bus shelter.

Lily, who played Lady Rose MacClare in Downton, was absent from photos from Matt’s 37th birthday celebrations in October.

Lily once vowed never to talk about Matt in public in case their romance ended in tears, saying: ‘If you’ve never said anything, there are no soundbites to haunt you when you’re crying into a box of Kleenex after it all goes wrong.’ 

On screen: Matt and Claire shared a Royal romance as the young Elizabeth and Prince Philip in the first two series of The Crown

On screen: Matt and Claire shared a Royal romance as the young Elizabeth and Prince Philip in the first two series of The Crown

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