'Legend' Michael Douglas at GQ Awards

Michael Douglas put his marriage troubles behind him as he stepped out alone on the red carpet.

The A-Lister and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones are ‘taking some time apart’ to ‘work on their marriage’ but Douglas showed all his Hollywood cool as he was declared a legend at the GQ Men of the Year Awards.

Instead of moping around about his separation from Catherine he donned a tailored midnight blue suit and rocked up to the awards ceremony.

But the Basic Instinct star had plenty of competition in the ‘cool’ stakes – most notably from Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens, whose transformation from pasty screen hopeful to the most fashionable Brit in Hollywood is complete.

The 30-year-old actor star who plays Matthew Crawley in the ITV series, fended off a room of hunky rivals to be dubbed the most stylish man.

The actor has shed pounds in weight, lopped off his blonde curtains and went for a dark and brooding look to live up to his Tinseltown fame.

Stevens mocked his former self as he picked up the award, also dedicating it to Sir David Frost.

He said: “My wife thinks this is hilarious. She reminded me when we first met I wore jeans that we could both fit into.”

Heartthrob Eddie Redmayne, 30, was named the breakthrough star of the year for his turn in Les Misérables. Douglas was presented with the award at a dinner attended by celebrities including Lou Reed, Justin Timberlake and Sir Bobby Charlton. He told the audience as he picked up the coveted title: ‘The legend part... it’s a polite way of saying this is my third act. I’m looking forward to it relishing especially with this year... It’s a lot. Trailed off my film industry has brought me some social conscience back in 1978 with the China Syndrome.’ Michael then jokingly added to laughs and applause from the audience: ‘More recently life imitates art; you get a little cancer scare, you open your mouth.

“I shouldn’t say that I’ll get in trouble again.”

Other famous faces on the red carpet included Rita Ora, while Boris Johnson performed a little jig before picking up his award as politician of the year. The event at the Royal Opera House, in Covent Garden, central London, was hosted by comic Rob Brydon and saw Sir Bobby given a lifetime achievement award by current Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand.

Sir Elton John was given the genius award by Wilko Johnson, Doctor Who actor Matt Smith gave Noel Gallagher the icon award while Samuel L. Jackson presented Douglas with his award.

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