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Damian Lewis a friendly hug with Helena Bonham Carter at the Sondheim’s Old Friends Gala afterparty

Damian Lewis looked in great spirits as he enjoyed a drink and a friendly hug with Helena Bonham Carter at Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends Gala afterparty on Tuesday night. 

The actor, 51, clutched a glass of champagne and put his arm around an animated Helena, 55 – who starred with his late wife Helen McCrory in Harry Potter – at the bash held at London’s The Prince of Wales Theatre.

The pair had earlier joined the likes of Bonnie Langford, Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton on stage at the curtain call for the gala in aid of the Stephen Sondheim Foundation.

Fun times: Damian Lewis looked in great spirits as he enjoyed a drink and a friendly hug with Helena Bonham Carter at Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends Gala afterparty on Tuesday night

Fun times: Damian Lewis looked in great spirits as he enjoyed a drink and a friendly hug with Helena Bonham Carter at Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends Gala afterparty on Tuesday night

Damian cut a smart/casual figure in a black V-neck T-shirt, navy blazer and jeans, finishing things off with black lace-up boots.

While Helena looked lovely in the same black floral print dress and feathered purple scarf she wore as she arrived at the event. 

Helena is famed for her role as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter film series, however, Helen – who passed away from cancer last year – was originally cast to play the part.

Star-studded: The pair earlier took to the stage at the curtain call for the gala in aid of the Stephen Sondheim Foundation (L-R Jon Robyns, Julia McKenzie, Bonnie, Shan Ako, Michael, Daniel Evans, Anna-Jane Casey, Petula Clark, Clive Rowe, Imelda, Rob Brydon, Helena, Charlie Stemp and Damian)

Star-studded: The pair earlier took to the stage at the curtain call for the gala in aid of the Stephen Sondheim Foundation (L-R Jon Robyns, Julia McKenzie, Bonnie, Shan Ako, Michael, Daniel Evans, Anna-Jane Casey, Petula Clark, Clive Rowe, Imelda, Rob Brydon, Helena, Charlie Stemp and Damian)

Helen – famed for her role as Polly in Peaky Blinders – dropped out of the part after becoming pregnant with her and Damian’s first child Manon.

The actress later landed the role of Bellatrix’s sister Narcissa in the final three films. 

Homeland star Damian was also seen mingling with Imelda and Michael Le Poer Trench at the party.

Film roles: Helena is famed for her role as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter film series, however, Helen - who passed away from cancer last year - was originally cast to play the part [Helen and Helena, right and second right, pictured with Jason Issacs and Tom Felton]

Film roles: Helena is famed for her role as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter film series, however, Helen – who passed away from cancer last year – was originally cast to play the part [Helen and Helena, right and second right, pictured with Jason Issacs and Tom Felton]

Changes: Helen - famed for her role as Polly in Peaky Blinders - dropped out of the part after becoming pregnant with her and Damian's first child Manon, with the actress later landing the role of Bellatrix's sister Narcissa in the final three films [pictured in 2020]

Changes: Helen – famed for her role as Polly in Peaky Blinders – dropped out of the part after becoming pregnant with her and Damian’s first child Manon, with the actress later landing the role of Bellatrix’s sister Narcissa in the final three films [pictured in 2020]

Earlier, they had took to the stage for the curtain call as they gathered with other headliners from a plethora of Stephen’s shows, with the night named after a number in his 1981 musical comedy Merrily We Roll Along. 

Helena had earlier made a stylish arrival at the Sondheim Theatre in a black maxi dress featuring white and red rose prints while wrapping up with a furry charcoal jacket.

Accessorising her look with an unmissable purple scarf, she was closely followed by Damien, who put on an ever-dapper display in a black suit.

Say cheese: The actor, 51, clutched a glass of champagne and put his arm around an animated Helena, 55, at the bash held at London's The Prince of Wales Theatre (Pictured with Allie Esiri, left, and Sue Latimer)

Say cheese: The actor, 51, clutched a glass of champagne and put his arm around an animated Helena, 55, at the bash held at London’s The Prince of Wales Theatre (Pictured with Allie Esiri, left, and Sue Latimer)

Nice to see you: Homeland star Damian was also seen mingling with Imelda Staunton

Nice to see you: Homeland star Damian was also seen mingling with Imelda Staunton

All smiles: Damian stopped for a smiley snap with Michael Le Poer Trench

All smiles: Damian stopped for a smiley snap with Michael Le Poer Trench

Wow: Earlier, they had took to the stage for the curtain call as they gathered with other headliners from a plethora of Stephen's shows, with the night named after a number in his 1981 musical comedy Merrily We Roll Along

Wow: Earlier, they had took to the stage for the curtain call as they gathered with other headliners from a plethora of Stephen’s shows, with the night named after a number in his 1981 musical comedy Merrily We Roll Along

All together now: The stars held hands on stage as they remembered the work of Stephen Sondheim

All together now: The stars held hands on stage as they remembered the work of Stephen Sondheim

What a night: The stars clapped, hugged and smiled at the end of the dazzling night

What a night: The stars clapped, hugged and smiled at the end of the dazzling night

He chatted away with Bonnie Langford, who put on a dazzling display in a glittery black jumpsuit with flared trousers, which she teamed up with a tan coat.

Michael Ball also wore a black suit and linked arms with a pal as he made his way through the streets of Soho.

Stephen, the Broadway legend who died in November 2021, left his $75 million estate to his husband Jeff Romley, friends and multiple charities, according to court papers.

Emerging: Helena had earlier made a stylish arrival at the Sondheim Theatre in a black maxi dress featuring white and red rose prints while wrapping up with a furry charcoal jacket

Emerging: Helena had earlier made a stylish arrival at the Sondheim Theatre in a black maxi dress featuring white and red rose prints while wrapping up with a furry charcoal jacket

Suave: She was closely followed by Damien

Smart: He put on an ever-dapper display in a black suit

Suave: She was closely followed by Damien, who put on an ever-dapper display in a black suit

Looking good: The actress made a stylish arrival while wrapping up with a furry charcoal jacket and being flanked by a suave man

Looking good: The actress made a stylish arrival while wrapping up with a furry charcoal jacket and being flanked by a suave man

Trendy: Accessorising her look with an unmissable purple scarf, she wore her brown locks in a tousled updo

Trendy: Accessorising her look with an unmissable purple scarf, she wore her brown locks in a tousled updo

Stylish: Helena completed her ensemble with a pair of black leather pumps with white rims

Eye-popping: She painted her fingernails red

Stylish: Helena completed her ensemble with a pair of black leather pumps with white rims, and painted her fingernails red

The West Side Story songwriter left the contents of his estate, including the rights to his music and literary works, personal effects and finances, which will go into the Stephen J Sondheim Revocable Trust, his will states. 

He designated 20 people and charities as beneficiaries to his trust, including his husband Jeffrey Romley, as well as his Into the Woods collaborator and director James Lapine.

His fellow playwright Peter Jones, with whom Sondheim had a relationship when he was 60, was also included, The New York Post reported.

Pals: He chatted away with Bonnie Langford, who put on a dazzling display in a glittery black jumpsuit with flared trousers

Pals: He chatted away with Bonnie Langford, who put on a dazzling display in a glittery black jumpsuit with flared trousers

Confident: She teamed up the shimmering number with a tan coat and silver shoes

Confident: She teamed up the shimmering number with a tan coat and silver shoes

Happy: Shooting beaming smiles, the pair appeared to be in high spirits as they strolled through the Big Smoke

 Happy: Shooting beaming smiles, the pair appeared to be in high spirits as they strolled through the Big Smoke

Companion: Michael Ball also wore a black suit and linked arms with a pal as he made his way through the streets of Soho=

Companion: Michael Ball also wore a black suit and linked arms with a pal as he made his way through the streets of Soho=

Stephen also listed the likes of the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of New York City, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Dramatists Guild Fund and the Irish Repertory Theater Company as beneficiaries to his estate.

He also named a soon-to-be created Stephen Sondheim Foundation as another beneficiary.

Other names listed in Sondheim’s will include Rob Girard, his gardener for 14 years, and Sondheims close friend, home designer Charles Peter Wooster, who lived on Sondheim’s Connecticut property in a carriage house, according to the New York Times.

Cheshire cat: Dawn French couldn't wipe the smile from her face while wearing a black ensemble

Cheshire cat: Dawn French couldn’t wipe the smile from her face while wearing a black ensemble

Glowing: Dawn put on a chic display as she continued to show off her cropped grey hair

Glowing: Dawn put on a chic display as she continued to show off her cropped grey hair

Buddies: Dawn enjoyed the show with an elderly pal, and she shared a heartwarming selfie with him to her Instagram

Buddies: Dawn enjoyed the show with an elderly pal, and she shared a heartwarming selfie with him to her Instagram

In her caption, she began: 'FANBLEDDYTASTIC evening in the feater at the Sondheim Gala ‘Old Friends’ , with my beloved gusband, N.Carrivick Esq'

In her caption, she began: ‘FANBLEDDYTASTIC evening in the feater at the Sondheim Gala ‘Old Friends’ , with my beloved gusband, N.Carrivick Esq’

‘It’s called a pour-over will where everything goes to the trust,’ the lawyer source said.

‘It is a very classic estate planning technique.’

The lyricist and composer’s lawyer and friend, F Richard Pappas, had announced that Sondheim died at 91 years old in his Roxbury, Connecticut home a day after Thanksgiving.

Emotional: Dame Judi Dench, 87, held back the tears at the end of the show

Emotional: Dame Judi Dench, 87, held back the tears at the end of the show

Ensemble: Bonnie, Michael, Imelda Staunton, Rob Brydon and Helena (L-R) bowed at the curtain call during the Gala performance of Sondheim's Old Friends

Ensemble: Bonnie, Michael, Imelda Staunton, Rob Brydon and Helena (L-R) bowed at the curtain call during the Gala performance of Sondheim’s Old Friends

Legend: Judi (centre-left) looked emotional as she held hands with her fellow actors on-stage

Legend: Judi (centre-left) looked emotional as she held hands with her fellow actors on-stage

Glamorous: Judi's elegant dress featured a scooped neckline and cropped sleeves that displayed her stunning diamond emblazoned necklace

Glamorous: Judi’s elegant dress featured a scooped neckline and cropped sleeves that displayed her stunning diamond emblazoned necklace

According to his will, Sondheim named Pappas and another man who was not identified as the executors of his estate.

The source added, ‘The trust will certainly tell the full story but we don’t have a copy of that.’

‘We can safely assume that the names of people listed in the probate petition are beneficiaries and will be receiving something but we don’t know how much.’

Curator: Photographer Michael Le Poer Trench stopped for a photo with the events host Sir Cameron Mackintosh

Curator: Photographer Michael Le Poer Trench stopped for a photo with the events host Sir Cameron Mackintosh

Pals: The duo were later joined by singer Elaine Delmar who looked very chic in a purple ensemble with a lilac scarf

Pals: The duo were later joined by singer Elaine Delmar who looked very chic in a purple ensemble with a lilac scarf 

Good night: David Walliams put in an appearance with his beloved mum Kathleen as they smiled for a photo with Sir Matthew Bourne and Arthur Pita

Good night: David Walliams put in an appearance with his beloved mum Kathleen as they smiled for a photo with Sir Matthew Bourne and Arthur Pita

Irish Repertory Theater co-founders Ciarán O’Reilly and Charlotte Moore called the bequest ‘a lovely surprise.’

Sondheim ‘never failed to honor us with his staunch support … especially of our musicals and musical adaptations,’ their statement continued.

‘Having “Himself” in our audience, while absolutely terrifying, confirmed our right to venture into the mysterious worlds in which he was the undisputed master.’

Tragic: Stephen, the Broadway legend who died in November 2021, left his $75 million estate to his husband Jeff Romley, friends and multiple charities, according to court papers (pictured together in 2013)

Tragic: Stephen, the Broadway legend who died in November 2021, left his $75 million estate to his husband Jeff Romley, friends and multiple charities, according to court papers (pictured together in 2013) 

According to the Post, a New York trust lawyer not connected to Sondheim’s case said the composer managed his estate well, with someone close to him managing his musical legacy through inheriting his intellectual property.

‘Stephen Sondheim has worked with the top planning attorneys in the country and has a very good sound estate plan that will benefit his spouse and his friends and charitable organizations that were important to him,’ the legal source told the Post.

‘Also, it keeps order of his intellectual property … there is somebody who is managing his musical legacy.’

Wow! Then-President Barack Obama, right, presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to composer Stephen during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in 2015

Wow! Then-President Barack Obama, right, presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to composer Stephen during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in 2015 

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