Joanne Clifton, 35, commanded attention at the Olivier Awards 2019 in a billowing gown, which featured a daring thigh-high split. The sparkling number gaped open to reveal her impeccably toned pins but appeared to be giving her trouble on the red carpet. She was seen grappling with the frock outside the Royal Albert Hall when it seemed to get stuck in between her legs. Arching over to insect the dress, the former Strictly Come Dancing professional pulled at the garment and in doing so exposed a generous amount of flesh.
However, she appeared unfazed by the apparent fashion mishap and was photographed smiling after handling the situation.
Her outfit had a perilously low-cut neckline and clinched in at the waist to accentuate her incredible physique.
What’s more, the pleated attire fell to the floor, however, the strategic split provided a glimpse of her embellished stilettos.
On the red carpet, she was accompanied by her brother Kevin Clifton who looked equally stylish in a black suit.
The 36-year-old ballroom star, who won last year’s Strictly Come Dancing with Stacey Dooley, paired the look with a tie and smart shoes.
Karen Clifton’s former husband placed a tender arm around Joanne’s hip as they posed for photographers before entering the London venue.
Currently, Joanne is starring in the West End musical The Rocky Horror Show, her third broadway production since leaving Strictly Come Dancing in 2017.
She plays Janet in the show and recently admitted she had no regrets about leaving the hit BBC dance competition when she did.
“I think I made the right decision. I came back to do Strictly but my goal was always to do musical theatre,” she said.
“I got the job on Strictly and I thought I would do two or three years.”
In an interview with the Chichester Observer, she added: “I had been training in singing and acting and some doing fringe shows as well, and then luckily we were able to win in my third year, and I thought that was my time.”
“I went off and did Thoroughly Modern Millie straight away. It was always the dream for me. But I hadn’t done any proper training, so I had a lot of catching up to do!”
The Rocky Horror Show is about Brad and his fiancée Janet, two college students who meet Dr Frank’n’Furter when their car breaks down outside his house en route to their college professor.
Joanne admitted she had never watched the movie before auditioning for the show, but said she was told by multiple sources how “fantastic” it is.
“I had never seen the show before and had never seen the film,” she divulged.
“But when I was talking to people who had done it, they were all saying how fantastic it was, so I did the audition and I was really, really wanting to do it. I really wanted it!”