29 December 2020

In Pictures: How the world of showbiz navigated the year of coronavirus

29 December 2020

The world of showbiz was put to the test in 2020, as the film, TV, music and theatre industries faced challenges no-one could have foreseen thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

Live performances were hit as the country faced lockdown in March, with theatres, cinemas and music venues closed, and TV and film productions also affected.

However, there were no signs of what was to come as the year kicked off in its usual starry way, with awards season in full swing.

Joaquin Phoenix, winner of the best actor Oscar, Renee Zellweger, winner of best actress, and Brad Pitt, winner of best supporting actor in the press room at the 92nd Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles (PA Archive)
Billie Eilish with her international female solo artist award on stage at the Brit Awards 2020 at the O2 Arena, London
The Duchess of Cambridge talks to Renee Zellweger during the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London (PA Archive)
The Sondheim Theatre in London’s Shaftesbury Avenue, which was showing Les Miserables before its closure due to coronavirus (PA Wire)
Actor John Boyega speaks at a Black Lives Matter protest rally in Hyde Park, London, in memory of George Floyd who was killed on May 25 while in police custody in the US city of Minneapolis (PA Archive)
Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones measure out one metre of safe social distance as they pose for photographers at the Virgin Media Bafta TV awards at the TV Centre, Wood Lane, London (PA Wire)
Actress Amber Heard, alongside her sister Whitney Henriquez (second right) and lawyer Jen Robinson (right), as she gives a statement outside the High Court in London on the final day of hearings in Johnny Depp’s libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton. After almost three weeks, the biggest English libel trial of the 21st century is drawing to a close, as Mr Depp’s lawyers are making closing submissions to Mr Justice Nicol (PA Wire)
Cast member Kimberley Walsh, who play the character Annie, is given a test for Covid-19 upon entering the venue, during a preview for Sleepless: A Musical Romance which is set to open with social distancing at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, London, this summer (PA Wire)
People during the Sam Fender concert at the Virgin Money Unity Arena, a pop-up venue in Gosforth Park, Newcastle. Fans in groups of up to five people are watching the show from 500 separate raised metal platforms at what the promoters say is the world’s first socially distanced gig (PA Wire)
Jodie Comer at Cahir Castle in Co Tipperary on the set of the Last Duel, an historical drama-thriller film directed by Ridley Scott (PA Wire)
A performance during the press preview of One Night Records, the UK’s first socially-distanced immersive live music venue event at London Bridge, in London (PA Wire)
Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston on the set of the sixth series of Line of Duty, which is filming in the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast (PA Wire)
Robert Pattinson during the filming of The Batman taking place in Liverpool (PA Wire)
Rebekah Vardy and dance partner Andy Buchanan arrives at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham for a Dancing On Ice 2021 training session whilst a High Court hearing in her high-profile libel battle against Coleen Rooney is taking place in London (PA Wire)
Window displays in Abergele, North Wales, ahead of the launch of the new series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! which is taking place at Gwrych Castle (PA Wire)
Young T & Bugsey at the 23rd Mobo Awards (PA Wire)
Strictly Come Dancing winners Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse (PA Media)

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