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All smiles over good reviews

With fans and critics giving Star Wars: The Force Awakens the thumbs up, its cast and crew expressed "huge relief" as the movie rolls out in cinemas worldwide this week.

They turned up at the red carpet premiere in London yesterday.

The guest list included director J.J. Abrams, new leads Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver, old guard Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, and supporting players Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie.

Celebrities such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Simon Pegg, Felicity Jones and Noel Gallagher were also there.

Veteran actor Anthony Daniels, known for his C-3PO character, said: "It sort of mirrors what I felt on the set because the atmosphere was so exciting, so loving, so full of fun... It didn't matter what job anyone was doing, everybody felt good to be there.

Boyega, who plays Stormtrooper Finn, said he had not yet read reviews, but was "glad to hear there's positive feedback".

Hamill, who reprises his role as Luke Skywalker, was happy the movie is finally out.

"Secrecy is agonising, it's not fun," he said.

"They're not trying to tease anyone, they're just trying to keep the surprises for the movies instead of letting it out all on the Internet."

Ridley, who portrays scavenger Rey, said: "I think it's wonderful that...everyone's work has been appreciated. I just want my family to like it." - Reuters

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