Who is the fairest of them all? Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron smoulder in gothic glamour at Snow White and the Huntsman world premiere

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By Andrea Magrath

Who is the fairest? Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron both dazzled in dramatic sheer gowns at the world premiere of Snow White and the Huntsman in London tonight

As the evil Queen Ravenna, Charlize Theron envies her young rival's beauty in Snow White and the Hunstman.

But the beautiful actress had no need to feel jealous of Kristen Stewart tonight, as she easily held her own against her co-star as the pair walked the red carpet at the highly-anticipated film's world premiere.

The actresses both chose smouldering gothic glamour looks in sheer black gowns.

London's Leicester Square was transformed into a fairytale enchanted forest for the event.

Kristen, 22, wore a black lace gown from Marchesa's Fall 2012 collection. The dress features a sheer skirt, showcasing the actress; kegs, and a skeleton design on the arms, decollétage and back.

Her hair was swept up in a bun, secured with a gold ribbon entwined in the knot, and she ensured her porcelain skin was kept as 'white as snow' with minimal make-up.

Drama: Charlize Theron looks ravishing in Christian Dior Couture as she walks the red carpet in Leicester Square

Skeletal style: Kristen's stunning Marchesa Fall 2012 gown featured sheer black lace and a skeleton design on her back

In trademark fashion, Kristen arrived at the event in her favourite pair of Converse, before quickly switching into heels behind a bush before facing the fans and cameras.

Charlize, 36, looked achingly beautiful in her Christian Dior Couture creation. The sheer tulle design also put the stunning star's legs on display as she sashayed down the red carpet.

With her golden hair twisted back, Charlize opted for dramatic smokey eye make-up and understated green accessories.

Leggy: Charlize has no reason to envy her younger co-star in her dramatic sheer tulle gown

Couture queen: the Twilight star was recently named Glamour magazine's Best Dressed woman in the world for 2012

Caught! In trademark fashion, Kristen arrived in her favourite pair of Converse, slipping into skyscraper heels moments before facing the cameras

Far from their feuding onscreen characters, Kristen and Charlize greeted each other like the best of friends when they bumped into each other on the press line.

Miss Theron wrapped her arms around her young co-star in a warm embrace, while Kristen whispered into her ear.

The women also posed for pictures with Chris Hemsworth, who plays The Hunstman in the big budget film.

Gothic glamour: Both actresses chose dramatic dark looks for the film's premiere

No evil stepmother: Charlize and Kristen clearly have a great relationship, unlike their onscreen characters

Leading man: Chris Hemsworth, who plays The Huntsman, posed for pictures with the ladies at the event

Australian Chris, who became a father this week when his wife Elsa Pataky gave birth to their baby girl India on Friday.

The actor looked surprisingly well rested despite juggling caring for his wife and newborn daughter, who was born in a London hospital, and promotional duties for the film this week.

Hemsworth looked great in a grey suit and open-neck black shirt.

Fairytale: Leicester Square was transformed into an enchanted forest

New father: Chris Hemsworth, whose first child India was born on Friday, looked surprisingly well rested, while co-star Sam Claflin was dapper in a black suit

She's my queen! Sam greeted a delighted Charlize warmly, picking her up and squeezing her tight

Model moment: Lily Cole, who makes an appearance in the film, wore a black satin floor-length dress, while Liberty Ross, who plays Queen Eleanor, wore a blue velvet creation

Sam Claflin, who also stars as Prince William, looked dapper in a black suit and tie. He looked delighted when he bumped into Charlize as they signed autographs for fans, picking her up and squeezing her tight.

Other male stars including Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Nick Frost and Eddie Marsan were all in attendance.

Model Lily Cole, who appears in the film, looked gorgeous in a black version of the Alexander McQueen-designed Pippa Middleton bridesmaid dress.

Dapper: Actors Nick Frost (left) and Eddie Marsan (right) and the film's director Rupert Sanders (middle) were suited and booted for the occasion

Jokers: Ray Winstone and Ian McShane, who star as Gort and Beith respectively, played up to the cameras

Inside the cinema, Kristen got comically squeezed out of the way when Lily leaned into greet Chris Hemsworth.

The whole cast, including all of the seven dwarves, lined up for a photo inside the Empire cinema.

Other celebrities including Made in Chelsea stars Amber Atherton, Gabriella Ellis and Victoria Baker Harber turned out in their finest for the event.

Watch it! Kristen got comically squeezed out of the way inside the Empire as Lily Cole leaned in to greet Chris

Beauties: Liberty, Charlize, Kristen and Lily lined up for a photo together

Snow White and the Huntsman... and the Queens and the seven dwarves: The whole cast posed together

Amber wore a strapless cream gown, while Gabriella wore a black floor-length dress with a thigh-high slit.

Their co-star Victoria looked prim in a knee-length white frock.

Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders, is the second take on the fairytale to be released this year, following Mirror Mirror.

Princess style: Made In Chelsea star Amber Atherton wore a strapless white gown

Pins on parade: MIC's Gabriella Ellis wore a black gown with a thigh-high slit, and Victoria Baker Harber looked prim in a white dress

Far darker than the Julia Roberts-led comedy, this version sees Charlize Theron's evil Queen hire the Hunstman to kill Snow White.

But the Hunstman, played by Thor star Hemsworth, ends up becoming her protector in her efforts to vanquish Queen Ravenna.

Dark and mysterious: Edith Bowman wore a leather skirt, while Jasmine Guinness wore a black frock and bright red accessories