Emily Blunt looks practically perfect in a sweeping silk blue gown for Mary Poppins Returns premiere

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It follows on from the legacy of the iconic 1964 musical adaptation of PL Travers’ Mary Poppins stories, where Julie Andrews received critical acclaim for her portrayal as the magical nanny. 

And Emily Blunt brought a spoonful of sugar to the blue carpet at the Mary Poppins Returns European Premiere held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Wednesday night. 

The actress, 35, who has stepped into Andrews’ shoes as the eponymous character, looked practically perfect in every way in a sweeping blue silk gown. 

The floor-length dress hugged Emily’s slim frame and featured an elegant neckline, modest trail and cuffed sleeves.

The Golden Globe winner added a boost to her height with red peep-toe shoes and accessorised the look with extravagant diamond drop earrings. 

Emily wore her hair in soft sleek curls and complemented her fair complexion with a rosy make-up look and pink lipstick. 

Simply stunning: Emily wore her hair in soft sleek curls and complemented her fair complexion with soft brown eye-shadow, flushed cheeks and a raspberry coloured lipstick

Simply stunning: Emily wore her hair in soft sleek curls and complemented her fair complexion with soft brown eye-shadow, flushed cheeks and a raspberry coloured lipstick

Simply stunning: Emily wore her hair in soft sleek curls and complemented her fair complexion with soft brown eye-shadow, flushed cheeks and a raspberry coloured lipstick

Star-studded lineup: (L-R) Cast members Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth and Emily proudly posed for photos ahead of the premiere

Star-studded lineup: (L-R) Cast members Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth and Emily proudly posed for photos ahead of the premiere

Sequel: The film follows on from the legacy of the iconic 1964 musical adaptation of PL Travers’ Mary Poppins stories, with Julie Andrews receiving critical acclaim for her portrayal as the magical nanny

Sequel: The film follows on from the legacy of the iconic 1964 musical adaptation of PL Travers’ Mary Poppins stories, with Julie Andrews receiving critical acclaim for her portrayal as the magical nanny

Star-studded lineup: (L-R) Cast members Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth and Emily proudly posed for photos ahead of the premiere

Leading lady: Emily commanded attention as she coordinated her dress with the theme. The actress posed in front of the iconic venue, which was surrounded by street lamps and cherry blossom trees in homage to the 1930's London setting

Leading lady: Emily commanded attention as she coordinated her dress with the theme. The actress posed in front of the iconic venue, which was surrounded by street lamps and cherry blossom trees in homage to the 1930's London setting

Leading lady: Emily commanded attention as she coordinated her dress with the theme. The actress posed in front of the iconic venue, which was surrounded by street lamps and cherry blossom trees in homage to the 1930’s London setting

Bringing the sparkle: Emily Mortimer, who plays a grown-up Jane Banks in Mary Poppins Returns, put on a dazzling display in a black and silver foil dress which featured an intricate pattern

Bringing the sparkle: Emily Mortimer, who plays a grown-up Jane Banks in Mary Poppins Returns, put on a dazzling display in a black and silver foil dress which featured an intricate pattern

Glitter: It featured dramatic flared sleeves and cinched in at her slender waist before cascading into an ankle-length skirt

Glitter: It featured dramatic flared sleeves and cinched in at her slender waist before cascading into an ankle-length skirt

Bringing the sparkle: Emily Mortimer, 47, who plays a grown-up Jane Banks in Mary Poppins Returns, put on a dazzling display in a black and silver foil dress which featured an intricate pattern 

Family: Emily was accompanied by her husband Alessandro Nivola and eight-year-old daughter May

Family: Emily was accompanied by her husband Alessandro Nivola and eight-year-old daughter May

Family: Emily was accompanied by her husband Alessandro Nivola and eight-year-old daughter May

Nostalgic: The film, directed by Rob Marshall, is set in 1930s London, two decades after the events of the original film, it sees Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, returning after a family tragedy (cast members L-R: Emily M, Ben Whishaw, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily B, Colin Firth and Meryl)

Nostalgic: The film, directed by Rob Marshall, is set in 1930s London, two decades after the events of the original film, it sees Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, returning after a family tragedy (cast members L-R: Emily M, Ben Whishaw, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily B, Colin Firth and Meryl)

Nostalgic: The film, directed by Rob Marshall, is set in 1930s London, two decades after the events of the original film, it sees Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, returning after a family tragedy (cast members L-R: Emily M, Ben Whishaw, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily B, Colin Firth and Meryl)

Meryl Streep, who plays Topsy in the fantasy movie, looked effortlessly sophisticated as she was clad in a textured cropped jacket, embellished with edgy white stitching throughout.

Maintaining her demure display, the Julia actress rocked a A-line midi skirt, embellished with elegant beaded embroidery. 

New Jersey native Meryl boosted her frame in a pair of pointed studded heels, and toted a structured clutch bag.

Leggy display: Kelly flashed a hint of leg in the dress due to its thigh-high side split as she posed up a storm on the blue-themed carpet

Leggy display: Kelly flashed a hint of leg in the dress due to its thigh-high side split as she posed up a storm on the blue-themed carpet

Racy: A daring thigh-high slash exposed the former Big Breakfast presenter's legs, while a tasteful off-the-shoulder detail provided an elegant flourish

Racy: A daring thigh-high slash exposed the former Big Breakfast presenter's legs, while a tasteful off-the-shoulder detail provided an elegant flourish

Leggy display: Kelly flashed a hint of leg in the dress due to its thigh-high side split as she posed up a storm on the blue-themed carpet

Smitten: The television personality, 39, attended the star-studded premiere with her model boyfriend Jeremy Parisi. The couple looked loved-up as they posed together

Smitten: The television personality, 39, attended the star-studded premiere with her model boyfriend Jeremy Parisi. The couple looked loved-up as they posed together

Smitten: The television personality, 39, attended the star-studded premiere with her model boyfriend Jeremy Parisi. The couple looked loved-up as they posed together

Stylish: Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams, 21, nailed biker chic in a forest green floral embroidered dress and leather jacket

Stylish: Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams, 21, nailed biker chic in a forest green floral embroidered dress and leather jacket

Trendy: The actress dressed down the look as she layered a simple white t-shirt underneath the pinafore and added a boost to her height with semi sheer pattened boots

Trendy: The actress dressed down the look as she layered a simple white t-shirt underneath the pinafore and added a boost to her height with semi sheer pattened boots

Stylish: Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams, 21, nailed biker chic in a forest green floral embroidered pinafore dress and leather jacket 

With her tresses styled into loose waves, the legendary actress enhanced her youthful-looking complexion with heavy strokes of neutral-toned make-up, and accessorised with reading glasses and dangle earrings.  

Kelly Brook provided some blue carpet sparkle as she attended the European premiere.

The voluptuous brunette caught the eye in a striking blush pink dress while posing for pictures outside the venue, where she was accompanied by boyfriend Jeremy Parisi.

Drawing attention to her curves, the fitted design ensured Kelly, 39, stood out while rubbing shoulders with guests including Emily Mortimer and leading lady Emily. 

Hunk: The Oscar-winning actor, 58, who plays William Weatherall Wilkins in the film, was typically handsome in a black tailored suit, paired with a crisp white shirt and black silk tie

Hunk: The Oscar-winning actor, 58, who plays William Weatherall Wilkins in the film, was typically handsome in a black tailored suit, paired with a crisp white shirt and black silk tie

Hunk: The Oscar-winning actor, 58, who plays William Weatherall Wilkins in the film, was typically handsome in a black tailored suit, paired with a crisp white shirt and black silk tie

Talented: Lin helped compose some of the music for the feature film thanks to his extensive talents as a composer, previously working on the Moana soundtrack with Walt Disney as well as creating Broadway hit Hamilton and In The Heights

Talented: Lin helped compose some of the music for the feature film thanks to his extensive talents as a composer, previously working on the Moana soundtrack with Walt Disney as well as creating Broadway hit Hamilton and In The Heights

Suited and booted: Ben Whishaw, who plays a grown-up Michael Banks, opted for a three-piece suit

Suited and booted: Ben Whishaw, who plays a grown-up Michael Banks, opted for a three-piece suit

Handsome: Lin-Manuel Miranda (L), 38, cut a dapper figure as he took to the blue carpet in a black tux with silk lapels and matching bow tie, while Ben Whishaw, who plays a grown-up Michael Banks, opted for a three-piece suit

Comedic role: In the movie, the actor plays Jack, a lamplighter and former apprentice to Bert, the chimney sweep played by Dick Van Dyke in the original

Comedic role: In the movie, the actor plays Jack, a lamplighter and former apprentice to Bert, the chimney sweep played by Dick Van Dyke in the original

Comedic role: In the movie, the actor plays Jack, a lamplighter and former apprentice to Bert, the chimney sweep played by Dick Van Dyke in the original

Supercallifragilisticexpialidocious! Cast (L-R) Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Chris O'Dowd, Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw, Lin Manuel Miranda,Rob Marshall, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Jeremy Swift, Tarik Frimpong, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson and Pixie Davies

Supercallifragilisticexpialidocious! Cast (L-R) Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Chris O'Dowd, Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw, Lin Manuel Miranda,Rob Marshall, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Jeremy Swift, Tarik Frimpong, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson and Pixie Davies

Supercallifragilisticexpialidocious! Cast (L-R) Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Chris O’Dowd, Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw, Lin Manuel Miranda,Rob Marshall, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Jeremy Swift, Tarik Frimpong, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson and Pixie Davies

Adorable: Emily showed off her maternal side as she hugged Pixie Davies, who plays Michael Bank's daughter in the film 

Adorable: Emily showed off her maternal side as she hugged Pixie Davies, who plays Michael Bank's daughter in the film 

Adorable: Emily showed off her maternal side as she hugged Pixie Davies, who plays Michael Bank’s daughter in the film 

Colin and Livia Firth looked stronger than ever as they attended the star-studded premiere. 

The Oscar-winning actor, 58, who plays William Weatherall Wilkins in the film, was typically handsome in a black tailored suit, paired with a crisp white shirt and black silk tie. 

The Kings Speech star’s salt and pepper locks were worn in a stylish quiff while he sported black rimmed spectacles for the evening.

Youthful: Jess was joined by her glamorous mother Carol on the blue carpet 

Youthful: Jess was joined by her glamorous mother Carol on the blue carpet 

Youthful: Jess was joined by her glamorous mother Carol on the blue carpet 

Vision in white: Made In Chelsea's Sophie Hermann (L) donned a semi-sheer embroidery anglaise dress

Vision in white: Made In Chelsea's Sophie Hermann (L) donned a semi-sheer embroidery anglaise dress

Sisters outing: Ex TOWIE star Lydia Bright opted for a floral minidress as she attended the film premiere with her sister Romana

Sisters outing: Ex TOWIE star Lydia Bright opted for a floral minidress as she attended the film premiere with her sister Romana

Reality starlets: Made In Chelsea’s Sophie Hermann (L) donned a semi-sheer embroidery anglaise dress while ex TOWIE star Lydia Bright opted for a floral minidress as she attended the film premiere with her sister Romana

Livia donned a vibrant fuschia pink and navy striped silk gown  which cinched in at her slender waist before flowing into an elegant skirt. 

Meanwhile, Lin-Manuel Miranda, 38, cut a dapper figure as he took to the blue carpet in a black tux with silk lapels and matching bow tie.

Lin helped compose some of the music for the feature film thanks to his extensive talents as a composer, previously working on the Moana soundtrack with Walt Disney as well as creating Broadway hit Hamilton and In The Heights. 

In the movie, the actor plays Jack, a lamplighter and former apprentice to Bert, the chimney sweep played by Dick Van Dyke in the original. 

Dressed to impress: Oscar winners and couple Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton looked in the throes of love as they posed for photos in the evening ensembles

Dressed to impress: Oscar winners and couple Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton looked in the throes of love as they posed for photos in the evening ensembles

Dressed to impress: Oscar winners and couple Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton looked in the throes of love as they posed for photos in the evening ensembles

Rare: Bruno Tonioli proved to be in good company once again as he joined Matt Law at the Mary Poppins Returns European Premiere held at London's Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday

Rare: Bruno Tonioli proved to be in good company once again as he joined Matt Law at the Mary Poppins Returns European Premiere held at London's Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday

Suave:The choreographer cut a dapper figure as he donned a slick grey blazer and velvet skinny jeans, while LA native Matt rocked a classic tuxedo

Suave:The choreographer cut a dapper figure as he donned a slick grey blazer and velvet skinny jeans, while LA native Matt rocked a classic tuxedo

Rare: Bruno Tonioli proved to be in good company once again as he joined Matt Law at the Mary Poppins Returns European Premiere held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday

Bright: Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith put on a colourful display in a emerald green dress and tailored trousers 

Bright: Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith put on a colourful display in a emerald green dress and tailored trousers 

Bright: Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith put on a colourful display in a emerald green dress and tailored trousers 

Ahead of the screening Emily revealed to the Radio Times her children would get angry when they saw her dressed as the legendary character.

Emily admitted her daughter Hazel, four, would tell her to take her wig off because she didn’t like seeing her as anything other than her mum.

‘It’s weird. So she’d be like, “Take your wig off!” Or, “I just like your blonde hair, I don’t like your Mary Poppins hair”,’ she said. 

Emily is reprising the iconic role 54 years after Julie Andrews first stepped into the character, however the actress said she refused to watch the original movie ahead of her performance.

The original film received 13 Oscar nominations, winning five including Best Actress for Julie.  

The Devil Wears Prada star was concerned her acting instincts would be impaired if she were to watch Julie’s performance, and therefore delved into the PL Travers books instead.

Despite this and also her lack of contact with Julie, word reached Emily that Julie had approved of the casting of Emily to play the magical nanny.

Happy couple: Helen Glover and Steve Backshall enjoyed a rare break from parenting as they arrived at the European premiere

Happy couple: Helen Glover and Steve Backshall enjoyed a rare break from parenting as they arrived at the European premiere

Quality time: The Olympic rowing champion, 32, and her TV presenter husband, 45, looked smitten as they stepped out on the blue carpet, with Helen revealing her toned post-baby body less than four months after giving birth

Quality time: The Olympic rowing champion, 32, and her TV presenter husband, 45, looked smitten as they stepped out on the blue carpet, with Helen revealing her toned post-baby body less than four months after giving birth

Happy couple: Helen Glover and Steve Backshall enjoyed a rare break from parenting as they arrived at the European premiere

The mother-of-two said Mary Poppins makes you take a second glance at the world which she added was ‘fragile’ at this point in time, similarly to when the film was first shot in the early 1960s.

Emily said that she believes the film has the potential to bring people together, while also acting as a mirror for people to reflect on themselves.

This will be the first time for a while that Emily will be able to take her kids to see and also doesn’t have to worry about embarrassing her dad.

She added that her children are starting to take a keen interest in her job, as Hazel has begun asking her what scenes she has filmed each day.

Mary Poppins returns follows the story of the nanny revisiting a grown-up Michael and Jane, played by Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer.

Step in time! Ahead of the stars making an appearance a cast of dancers performed an energetic routine from the film 

Step in time! Ahead of the stars making an appearance a cast of dancers performed an energetic routine from the film 

Step in time! Ahead of the stars making an appearance a cast of dancers performed an energetic routine from the film 

The film, directed by Rob Marshall, is set in 1930s London, two decades after the events of the original film, it sees Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, returning after a family tragedy. 

Michael is living with his three children (Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson) and housekeeper Ellen (Julie Walters), in the house on Cherry Tree Lane.

After Michael has a personal loss, Mary Poppins comes back into the lives of the Banks family. She is joined by a street lamplighter named Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), and an eccentric cousin named Topsy (Meryl Streep).

Legendary: Emily is reprising the iconic role 54 years after Julie Andrews first stepped into the character, however the actress said she refused to watch the original movie ahead of her performance

Legendary: Emily is reprising the iconic role 54 years after Julie Andrews first stepped into the character, however the actress said she refused to watch the original movie ahead of her performance

Legendary: Emily is reprising the iconic role 54 years after Julie Andrews (pictured) first stepped into the character, however the actress said she refused to watch the original movie ahead of her performance

Legendary: Emily is reprising the iconic role 54 years after Julie Andrews (pictured) first stepped into the character, however the actress said she refused to watch the original movie ahead of her performance

Legendary: Emily (L) is reprising the iconic role 54 years after Julie Andrews (R) first stepped into the character, however the actress said she refused to watch the original movie ahead of her performance

Jump! Street lamplighter Jack entertains Michael Bank's three children (Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson pictured) outside the house on Cherry Tree Lane after Mary Poppins arrives

Jump! Street lamplighter Jack entertains Michael Bank's three children (Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson pictured) outside the house on Cherry Tree Lane after Mary Poppins arrives

Jump! Street lamplighter Jack entertains Michael Bank’s three children (Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson pictured) outside the house on Cherry Tree Lane after Mary Poppins arrives

Dick Van Dyke is the only actor from the original to return, portraying the son of one of Mr. Dawes and throws himself into an energetic dance routine on the desk.

When the trailer was released fans were delighted to see Dick, 92, feature, with one writing on Twitter: ‘Dick Van Dyke is now fully Mr Dawes, I’m crying!’ 

Another Twitter user wrote: ‘So happy to see Dick Van Dyke is back again and playing the same character in the first Mary Poppins movie!’

Adding: ‘He is back dancing on a desk even when he’s 92-years-old!’

One said: ‘Dick Van Dyke playing the same character so many years later makes my heart burst, 6 year old [me] is crying and 21 year old me is also crying.’

Mary Poppins is released in UK cinemas on Friday December 21. 

Sure to be a blockbuster hit: After Michael has a personal loss, Mary Poppins comes back into the lives of the Banks family. She is joined by a street lamplighter named Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), and an eccentric cousin named Topsy (Meryl Streep)

Sure to be a blockbuster hit: After Michael has a personal loss, Mary Poppins comes back into the lives of the Banks family. She is joined by a street lamplighter named Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), and an eccentric cousin named Topsy (Meryl Streep)

Sure to be a blockbuster hit: After Michael has a personal loss, Mary Poppins comes back into the lives of the Banks family. She is joined by a street lamplighter named Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), and an eccentric cousin named Topsy (Meryl Streep)

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Emily Blunt looks practically perfect in a sweeping silk blue gown for Mary Poppins Returns premiere