Sharon Stone returned to the spotlight on Saturday night for the prestigious Pride Of Britain Awards.
Back in August, the 63-year-old actress urged everyone to pray for her nephew after he was found in his crib with total organ failure – but he sadly died a few days later, just days before he turned one.
Since the tragic news, the Love Lace star has been largely out of the limelight but she jumped straight back in with a beaming smile, dressed in a sophisticated black-belted gown.
Return: Sharon Stone was back in the spotlight to present an award at the prestigious Pride Of Britain Awards – following the tragic death of her nephew
Flaunting her ageless beauty, Sharon looked on cloud nine as she stunned in her billowing finery for her first appearance at the annual awards ceremony.
Thespian Hannah Waddingham joined the mother-of-three on the star-studded red carpet, and they appeared to share a heartfelt moment as they embraced before kneeling on the floor.
The American film star will be presenting an award to former Syrian refugee Hassan Alkhawam, who, since arriving in the UK in 2017, has helped other vulnerable families.
Red carpet: Since the tragic news of her nephew’s death, the Love Lace star has been largely out of the limelight but she jumped straight back in with a beaming smile
Sharon told The Mirror how she was excited to catch up with her old friend Simon Cowell, as they are seated on the same table: ‘I haven’t seen him in years and I’m thrilled to get to see him.
‘It’s really lovely to see people again and realise that if we get vaccinated, if we take Covid tests we really can safely see each other again.’
The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards returns to screens on Thursday 4th November, hosting a star-studded audience for the first time since 2019 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Glamorous: Flaunting her ageless beauty, Sharon looked on cloud nine as she stunned in her billowing finery
The annual award show honours the nation’s unsung heroes as stars of TV, sport, politics and showbiz come together to celebrate ‘ordinary people doing extraordinary things.’
Host Carol Vorderman, 60, will once again take the helm, but this year, for the first time in the show’s 22-year history, she’ll be joined by Diversity star Ashley Banjo, 33, who was recently revealed as her new co-host.
Upon the announcement earlier this month, Ashley said: ‘I feel like I’ve been a part of Pride of Britain for a few years now but the chance to co-host it next to Carol, who is a complete legend and a pro, is amazing.
Beautiful: The Love Lace star was dressed in a sophisticated black-belted gown
‘It’s such a special show and a hugely emotional and inspiring night.’
While Carol said of Ashley: ‘Ashley is a wonderful person and I’m delighted that he’s joining me because he has been involved for a few years now and it just feels right.
‘The Pride of Britain Awards are an incredibly special evening and show to be a part of.’
Embrace: Thespian Hannah Waddingham joined the mother-of-three on the star-studded red carpet
Pride of Britain sees a night of ‘extraordinary stories of bravery, selflessness and phenomenal fundraising feats’ as well as a plethora of astounding surprises, laugh out loud situations and emotional moments as the nation comes together to honour the achievements of truly inspirational people.
Among the winners are quadruple amputee Harmonie-Rose Allen who wins the Child of Courage Award for inspiring the nation with her courage and unbreakable spirit.
Special: The women appeared to share a heartfelt moment as they embraced before kneeling on the floor
While the Lifetime Achievement Award goes to campaigner Rosemary Cox, who set up the first Organ Donor Register in the UK, helping save thousands of lives.
Campaigning sisters Amy and Ella Meek, 18 and 16, have been named Pride of Britain’s first ever Environmental Champions for setting up a charity to help fight the global scourge of plastic pollution.
Meanwhile, this year’s Special Recognition Award goes to Gee Walker, who forgave her son’s killers and devoted her life to promoting racial harmony in his memory.
Speaking about the ceremony, Carol said: ‘My favourite part of the Awards are the winners and how happy they are that they’re being celebrated.
Moment: Hannah looked delighted to be spending time with the film star on the big night
‘These incredible people make you want to be a better person. And even though everyone says how much it makes them cry, it is a celebration too of all the truly extraordinary things they have done.’
Ashley Banjo says: ‘I have so much respect and admiration for all of the winners’ and I can’t wait to meet them, see the look on their faces as they are surprised and celebrated and to experience this really special moment with them.’
While Debbie Crosbie, Chief Executive Officer of award partner TSB adds: ‘I have been bowled over by the bravery, courage and determination of all the winners.
Co-hosts: Host Carol Vorderman, 60, will once again take the helm, but this year, for the first time in the show’s 22-year history, she’ll be joined by Diversity star Ashley Banjo, 33
‘Helping people in our local communities is at the heart of what we do at TSB – that’s why we are especially proud to sponsor the TSB Community Hero Award. It is truly humbling to see the extraordinary things people have done to make a difference and support those most in need in their communities.’
Nominated by the public, the winners are from all walks of life, of all ages, and from all over the country.
Since the first ceremony in 1999, royalty, prime ministers, and hundreds of leading figures from showbusiness, sport, politics and the arts have all taken part.
The awards attract an audience of around five million viewers every year in a primetime slot on ITV – making it the highest rated awards show of its kind on British television.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, 2020’s ceremony featured prerecorded segments of recipients receiving their awards at home, while a host of big names headed to The Royal Hospital Chelsea to film links ahead of the show.
Legends: Marcus Rashford (l) and the late Captain Sir Tom Moore (r) were among those honoured in the ceremony
As the awards aired on ITV, landmarks across London, including the London Eye, BT Tower and County Hall, turned red, white and blue in celebration of the winners.
Marcus Rashford and the late Captain Sir Tom Moore were among those honoured in the ceremony, which awarded the remarkable achievements of Brits who have selflessly contributed the the nation and the world.
The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, will be broadcast on ITV on 4th November at 8pm.
PRIDE OF BRITAIN AWARDS 2021: THE WINNERS
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT – Rosemary Cox, 82, Wolverhampton
SPECIAL RECOGNITION – Rob Allen, 34, Northampton
THIS MORNING EMERGENCY SERVIVES AWARD – Stephen Warton, 53, Cumbria
GOOD MORNING BRITAIN YOUNG FUNDRAISER – Hughie Higginson, 10, and Freddie Xavi, 11, Lancashire
CHILD OF COURAGE – Harmonie-Rose Allen, 7, Bath
SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE – Max Woosey, 11, North Devon
SPECIAL RECOGNITION – Gee Walker, 67, Liverpool
ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPION – Amy and Ella Meek, 18 and 16, Nottingham
PRINCE’S TRUST YOUNG ACHIEVER – Hassan Alkhawam, 23, Northern Ireland