On Monday night, Emma Thompson rounded up pals including Joely Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Bella Freud and Arabella Pollen for a party at London’s Ballantyne store in aid of The Helen Bamber Foundation, which helps victims of war crimes and human trafficking.
A portion of the evening’s proceeds went to the foundation and so guests hungrily reached for colorful cashmere sweaters on the store’s library-sized Shelves — although Thompson found herself in a bit of a row with a fur collar on display. “S-t-o-p!” she cried, pretending to thrash free from its furry lavender grip.
Imelda Staunton, meanwhile, was better behaved, chatting with Simon Woods, her dashing, ginger-haired co-star in “Cranford,” the acclaimed BBC period drama that has all smart Brits glued to their TV screens every Sunday night.
“My husband and daughter are in the series,” Staunton said, referring to Jim Carter and Bessie Carter. “I tried to get our dog in, too, but I wasn’t so successful.”