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It's been rumoured that she'd split from boyfriend of five years Matt Smith, after the couple hadn't been seen together in months.

And Lily James put on a brave face as she was seen for the first time since it was revealed ex Matt Smith had 'formed a close friendship with The Crown co-star Claire Foy following their split'.

The actress, 30, looked stunning in a black suede maxi dress as she attended the 22nd British Independent Film Awards in Old Billingsgate, London on Sunday.

Stepping out: Lily James put on a brave face as she was seen for the first time since it was revealed ex Matt Smith had 'formed a close friendship with The Crown co-star Claire Foy

Stepping out: Lily James put on a brave face as she was seen for the first time since it was revealed ex Matt Smith had 'formed a close friendship with The Crown co-star Claire Foy

Her eye-catching high-collared gown featured satin white cuffs, silver buttons and a high split that showcased her slender pins. 

Lily teamed her attire with appointed black heels and carried her essentials in a black clutch bag.

The Downton Abbey star added a chic palette of make-up to her face, while her brunette tresses were styled into a sleek centre-parting. 

The starlet smiled at the camera and posed up a storm at the event, despite the supposed woes in her love life.

Looking good: The actress, 30, looked stunning in a black suede maxi dress as she attended the 22nd British Independent Film Awards in Old Billingsgate, London on Sunday

Looking good: The actress, 30, looked stunning in a black suede maxi dress as she attended the 22nd British Independent Film Awards in Old Billingsgate, London on Sunday

Out and about: While Lily upped the glam at the awards, Matt Smith, 37, cut a casual figure as he went for an afternoon stroll in London with a friend on Sunday

Out and about: While Lily upped the glam at the awards, Matt Smith, 37, cut a casual figure as he went for an afternoon stroll in London with a friend on Sunday 

It's been reported that she has not been seen with boyfriend Matt for several months while his The Crown co-star Claire Foy is said to be providing him with a consoling shoulder. 

The actor starred as a young Prince Philip opposite Claire as Elizabeth II in the first two series of The Crown. 

And now close friends say that Claire has been a support for Matt, whose relationship with Lily has been the subject of increasing talk among showbiz insiders.

The couple have been dating for five years but have not been seen together for months, although suggestions that they have broken up are no more than unconfirmed gossip.

Brave face: Lily stunned as she headed out for the night, despite the reported woes in her personal life

Brave face: Lily stunned as she headed out for the night, despite the reported woes in her personal life

Fashionista: Her eye-catching high-collared gown featured satin white cuffs, silver buttons and a high split that showcased her slender pins

A vision: The star looked sensational in her suede maxi dress

Fashionista: Her eye-catching high-collared gown featured satin white cuffs, silver buttons and a high split that showcased her slender pins

Matt and Claire have formed a close and mutually supportive friendship, and have been spending time together near their different homes in North London in recent weeks, a source told The Mail on Sunday.

The two Crown stars recently appeared together on stage in an acclaimed production of Lungs at the Old Vic in London.

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