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Anna Friel and Adwoa Aboah attend Christmas party

By Eve Buckland For Mailonline

Published: 04:16 EST, 16 December 2017 | Updated: 04:35 EST, 16 Dece..

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Published: 04:16 EST, 16 December 2017 | Updated: 04:35 EST, 16 December 2017

They are making waves with their work in the world of acting and fashion.

And Anna Friel and Adwoa Aboah oozed glamour as they stepped out at the Evening Standard Christmas party, hosted by owner Evgeny Lebedev in London on Friday.

Anna, 41, showed off her lithe physique in a festive golden satin floor-length gown which cinched in at her slender waist and flowed to the ground in an elegant skirt.

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Glamour girls: Anna Friel and Adwoa Aboah oozed glamour as they stepped out at the Evening Standard Christmas party, hosted by Evgeny Lebedev in London on Friday

Adding a extra touch of sparkle, the neckline and hem featured glittering metallic sequins.

The Girlfriend Experience actress added height to her look with vertiginous sandals.

Her brunette locks were swept back from her pretty face in an elegant chignon, with her radiant complexion enhanced with fluttery lashes and a slick of pink lipstick.

She accessorised with a black leather studded clutch.

Pals: Her brunette locks were swept back from her pretty face in an elegant chignon, with her radiant complexion enhanced with fluttery lashes and a slick of pink lipstick

Smile: Anna cracked a smile as she chatted with a glamorous pal en-route to the glittering party Smile: Anna cracked a smile as she chatted with a glamorous pal en-route to the glittering party 

Smile: Anna cracked a smile as she chatted with a glamorous pal en-route to the glittering party

Teetering: The Girlfriend Experience actress added height to her look with vertiginous sandalsTeetering: The Girlfriend Experience actress added height to her look with vertiginous sandals

Teetering: The Girlfriend Experience actress added height to her look with vertiginous sandals

Anna is currently wowing viewers in The Girlfriend Experience which has set jaws dropping with its racy lesbian sex scenes.

In the critically acclaimed series Anna plays a high-powered political executive who has a relationship with a female escort.

Discussing the scenes with Metro.us, Friel urged audiences to look beyond the sexual scenes at the drama taking place away from the sheets.

Glittering: Anna looked impossibly chic in her golden gown as her pal wheeled a suitcase into the venue Glittering: Anna looked impossibly chic in her golden gown as her pal wheeled a suitcase into the venue 

Glittering: Anna looked impossibly chic in her golden gown as her pal wheeled a suitcase into the venue

She said: 'We’ve got to concentrate on it as a piece of work. I've never really had an issue with nudity as long as I didn't ever feel like I was made to do it or thought that it was salacious.

'But if you're dealing with something where you know that sex is going to be involved, it's something that we really shouldn't shy away from.'

Anna made television history aged just 17 when her lesbian kiss on Brookside was the first ever to be screened on British Primetime television.

Happy couple: Legendary musician Elton John and his husband David Furnish looked dapper in stylish blazers Happy couple: Legendary musician Elton John and his husband David Furnish looked dapper in stylish blazers 

Happy couple: Legendary musician Elton John and his husband David Furnish looked dapper in stylish blazers

Elsewhere Anna has received critical acclaim for her most recent out as talented but volatile detective Marcella.

In the ITV series, which wrapped filming on its new series over the summer, Anna played Detective Marcella Backland, who is devastated when her husband leaves her and their two children, but is forced to try and put her personal issues aside whilst on the hunt for a serial killer.

Anna – who is thought to be currently single – raises her 11-year-old daughter Gracie Fields, from her previous romance with David Thewlis, 54.

Hand-in-hand: Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch couldn't have looked happier as they stepped out together hand-in-hand to attend the Evening Standard's Christmas partyHand-in-hand: Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch couldn't have looked happier as they stepped out together hand-in-hand to attend the Evening Standard's Christmas party

Hand-in-hand: Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch couldn't have looked happier as they stepped out together hand-in-hand to attend the Evening Standard's Christmas party

Smitten: Murdoch's marriage to Jerry is the fourth for Murdoch and the second for Hall, who had a long relationship with Sir Mick JaggerSmitten: Murdoch's marriage to Jerry is the fourth for Murdoch and the second for Hall, who had a long relationship with Sir Mick Jagger

Smitten: Murdoch's marriage to Jerry is the fourth for Murdoch and the second for Hall, who had a long relationship with Sir Mick Jagger

Content: She walked hand-in-hand with her beau, who is worth a whopping $12billionContent: She walked hand-in-hand with her beau, who is worth a whopping $12billion

Stunning: Jerry looked simply sensational for the event, with her dress making sure to showcase her youthful frame – the sophisticated number featured a one-shouldered design and nipped in the waist

The former flames never married, but they parted for good after almost a decade together in December 2010.

Vogue coverstar Adwoa Aboah, 25, took a walk on the wild side with her outfit, flashing her cleavage in a plunging leopard print dress, accessorised with a multitude of gold chains.

She bundled up against the winter temperatures with a chic black coat that came complete with leopard print lining and sleeves.

The star finished her look with a matching hat and added further height with silk strappy sandals.

Mascara and a light coating of gloss accentuated her striking features.

The glamorous duo were part of a star-studded guestlist including Mick Jagger, Elton John and David Furnish, Boris Johnson, Sarah Ferguson, Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry.

Jerry Hall, 61, and Rupert Murdoch, 86, couldn't have looked happier as they stepped out together hand-in-hand to attend the bash.

The former model cut a glamorous figure for the studded affair, as she slipped into a midnight blue tailored dress and draped a faux fur stole around her shoulders.

Jerry looked simply sensational for the event, with her dress making sure to showcase her youthful frame. The sophisticated number featured a one-shouldered design and nipped in the waist.

The beauty paired her frock with a pair of jewel encrusted shoes and left her long blonde tresses down to fall past her shoulders while swept over to one side.

She accessorised her look with a pair of statement gold earrings and finished her ensemble with a slick of scarlet red lipstick on her lips.

Her beau Rupert, meanwhile, proved he is so in sync with his love, as he donned a suit in a complementing blue hue.

The media mogul, who is worth an estimated $12billion, cut a dapper figure in his two-piece which he paired with a white shirt underneath his smart blazer jacket.

His marriage to Jerry is the fourth for Murdoch and the second for Hall, who had a long relationship with Sir Mick Jagger. She shares four children with the Rolling Stones star; daughters Elizabeth, 33, and Georgia, 25 and sons James, 32, and Gabriel, 19.

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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