Stormzy, Louis Theroux and Andrew Garfield were among the numerous famous faces in attendance at the 2022 GQ Man of the Year event.
Heavyweights from the worlds of screen, music, and sport gathered for the special 25th anniversary event, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, in London on Wednesday (November 16). This year the event welcomed a new format, replacing the traditional awards categories of years gone by with toasts to British GQ’s lead covers and other honourees.
During a candlelit dinner by Heston Blumenthal, toasts were raised by rapper Aitch and Little Simz, as well as actors Will Poulter and Paul Mescal. Guests then moved over to The Pavilion for an exclusive House of MOTY party with curated DJ sets by Stormzy and a live performance from US rapper Jack Harlow.
Stormzy and documentarian Theroux were reunited following the release of their recent episode of Louis Theroux Interviews. In the documentary, the award-winning rapper spoke candidly about his upbringing, family, religion, and his struggles with mental health during the recording of his debut album.
Elsewhere, film and television stars John Boyega, Ben Wishaw and James McAvoy were pictured on the event’s red carpet, alongside House Of The Dragon star Emma D’Arcy and Daisy Edgar-Jones. Heartstopper stars Joe Locke and Kit Connor also appeared together at the event.
Connor recently announced online he is bisexual, but suggested he was “forced” to come out publicly. His decision to come out was met with a wave of support from some of his more than one million followers, including from Locke, who wrote: “You owe nothing to anyone. I’m so proud of you my friend.”
They were joined by fellow actors from across the pond, including White Lotus stars Sydney Sweeney and Alexandra Daddario. As well as showbiz royalty, several sporting heavyweights attended the event including Sir Mo Farah, Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black and Lioness captain Leah Williamson.
Earlier this year British Olympic champion Farah made the shock revelation that he was trafficked to the UK as a child in an intimate BBC documentary.
Williamson, who captained the England women’s football team to victory in the Euro 2022 competition earlier this year, admitted she was “proud” to be at the event. She said: “To be in a room with that many incredible achievements on an individual basis… there’s people in that room that see the world the way that I want to see it… so I’m proud to be here.”
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