Jude Law, Anthony Minghella and Alan Rickman are lending their names to the Stellar Network, the starry New York networking organisation which is opening its doors in London.

Other boardmembers from across film, theatre and television include director Peter Kosminsky, playwright and screenplay writer David Hare, showbusiness journalist Baz Bamigboye and Jane Wright, head of rights and commercial affairs at BBC Films.

The membership-based organisation aims to connect the UK's professionals through a string of social or interactive opportunities, including master classes and tickets for screenings, plays and studio recordings.