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Cabinet to mingle with A-list stars

A glittering host of celebrities will rub shoulders with members of the Cabinet tonight at a reception in the stunning surroundings of the Foreign Office.

Actors Harrison Ford, Helena Bonham Carter and Benedict Cumberbatch are among the stellar cast list that have been invited to the A-list gathering celebrating the achievements of Britain’s creative industries.

Ford, 71, is recovering from an accident at Pinewood Studios during filming of the new Star Wars movie which left him with a broken leg.

David Cameron will champion the flourishing sector as guests enjoy drinks and canapes in the courtyard of the Foreign Office, one of Whitehall’s most striking and ornate buildings.

The publicly-funded party has been compared to Tony Blair’s ”Cool Britannia” bash, a description that No 10 has been keen to dismiss.

A select group will later enjoy a private dinner with the Prime Minister at Downing Street.

Downing Street declined officially to confirm the guest list, but reports suggest that big names who have been invited include Harry Potter star Emma Watson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, who starred in Oscar-winning film Twelve Years A Slave, as well as the current James Bond, Daniel Craig.

Australian-born Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman, Dame Helen Mirren, Ralph Fiennes, pop star Eliza Doolittle, X Factor supremo Simon Cowell and classical singers Bryn Terfel and Katherine Jenkins are also among those believed to have been invited.

Mr Blair’s 1997 party attracted high-flying British celebrities like Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, but was later seen to backfire on the then PM as invited stars later criticised his government.

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