Cate Blanchett is one of the biggest names to grace the red carpet of the BFI London Film Festival as she was in town earlier this week to promote her new film Carol.

Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara At Carol Premiere in London

Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara At Carol Premiere in London

The movie will see Blanchett take on the title role with a performance that already sees her as a major runner in the Best Actress Oscar race. Carol was also one of the most anticipated films on the programme, having been receiving rave reviews on the festival circuit.

Blanchett brought some of her timeless grace and glamour to the red carpet in Leicester Square as she looked stunning in a midnight blue and while trimmed dress by Esteban Cortazar. Blanchett was joined on the red carpet by co-star Rooney Mara, who looked equally as stunning in her McQueen gown.

Carol marks the first time that Blanchett and Mara have worked together and it looks like both of them will be in the Oscar race when the nominations are announced at the beginning of next year - it remains to be seen if they will both be in the same category.

The movie is based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith and has been adapted for the big screen by Phyllis Nagy, Carol marks the return of Todd Haynes to the director's chair for his first movie since I'm Not There back in 2007.

While Carol sees Haynes team up with Mara for the first time, this is his second film project with Blanchett; they worked together on I'm Not There. It is great to see them collaborating once again.

Both Haynes and writer Nagy joined Blanchett and Mara on the red carpet in London on Wednesday night.

A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens.

While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) threatens her competence as a mother when Carol's involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) comes to light. As Carol leaves the comfort of home to travel with Therese, an internal journey of self-discovery coincides with her new sense of space.

Carol is promising to be a great romance drama that's driven by two wonderful female characters and I can't wait to see Blanchett and Mara in action. This looks set to be one of the November movies that's not to be missed.

Carol is released 27th November.

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