Florence Pugh picked up the British Icon award at this year's Elle Style Awards which returned to London after a six-year-hiatus.

The awards on Tuesday (September 5), held at The Old Sessions House in Clerkenwell, hosted a star-studded guest list including Bianca Jagger, Stormzy, Letitia Wright, Gwendoline Christie, Leah Williamson, and Billie Piper.

The Oxford-born Oppenheimer actress Ms Pugh, 27, who was wearing an Ivory lace Alexander McQueen gown, was among the winners as she received the British Icon award.

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Winners at the Elle Style Awards, in partnership with Tiffany & Co, also included actress and singer Suki Waterhouse who won the performer award, Crazy Rich Asians actress Gemma Chan who won the changemaker award and Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa who has been named a modern pioneer.

Other winners were singer-songwriter Tems who has been recognised as a trailblazer and Kim Jones who was lauded with the designer of the year award.

Elsewhere, current creative director of Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton, was given the vanguard award in honour of her influence in shaping the global fashion scene, whilst Feben won for breakthrough designer.

Oxford Mail: Florence Pugh at the awards Florence Pugh at the awards (Image: PA)

London-based designer Martine Rose was awarded the title of the culture shifter for her ability to create collections that retain their underground cult credentials while achieving global success.

Music artist Stormzy was also recognised as his imprint Merky Books won collective of the year.

Meanwhile, the late fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood was honoured, posthumously, with the lifetime achievement award.

Celebrities including Black Panther’s Letitia Wright, Wednesday actress Gwendoline Christie and Doctor Who star Billie Piper attended the awards.

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Kenya Hunt, editor-in-chief of Elle UK, said: “Our worthy winners of the Elle Style Awards 2023 are all pushing boundaries and changing the culture of their industries in inspiring ways.

“We are delighted to not only have been able to celebrate these visionaries tonight, but to also announce the launch of our year-long mentorship programme to help develop opportunities for the next generation of British talent and increase pathways into our creative industries.”

Oxford Mail: Harris Reed and Clinton Pugh arriving at the awards Harris Reed and Clinton Pugh arriving at the awards (Image: PA)

Previous recipients of Elle Style Awards include Harry Potter star Emma Watson and Blondie’s Debbie Harry.

Ms Pugh recently admitted Christopher Nolan apologised to her over the size of her role in Oppenheimer whilst talking about the recent Blockbuster film.

She plays Jean Tatlock, with the film showing her affair with theoretical physicist Oppenheimer, played by Cillian Murphy.

The biopic, which told the story of the development of the first atomic bomb, also starred Cillian Murphy, Matt Damon, Rami Malek, Emily Blunt, Robert Downly Jr and Kenneth Branagh.

An interview with MTV UK that went viral on TikTok saw the star explaining why the renowned director apologised about the size of the role.

The interview took place ahead of Oppenheimer's release last month.

Ms Pugh said: "I didn't really know what was going on or what was being made but Chris really, really wanted me to know that it wasn't a very big role and he understands if I don't want to come near it.

"And I was like: 'Doesn't matter, even if I'm a coffee maker at a café in the back of the room let's do it.'"

She continued: "We met for a drink in New York at the time... and it was just one of those bizarre moments in your career where you're like: 'I'm meeting Christopher Nolan, oh my god.' 

"And I remember he apologised about the size of the role and I was like: 'Please don't apologise'"