Stars lined to greet the legendary physicist at Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Sunday

By Phil Boucher
February 09, 2015 02:05 PM
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There may have been a glittering array of Hollywood stars at the BAFTAs on Sunday night, but the man everyone wanted to meet at the after-show dinner was a 73-year-old physics professor from the slightly less glamorous world of Cambridge University.

But then he was not your average academic: The professor in question was Stephen Hawking, whose inspiring story is told in the hit movie The Theory of Everything.

So while you might expect that Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne never have to wait in line for anything these days, the truth is they – and a host of other actors – waited patiently to have a quick word with the great man at his corner table in the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Felicity Jones, who plays Hawking’s first wife, Jane, in the movie, told PEOPLE it was “incredible” to be involved in the movie before she too joined the line of celebrities to meet the wheelchair-bound professor, who suffers from ALS.

Jones added that she would also be “shot in the head” if she revealed anything about the new Star Wars spin-off that she is rumored to be involved in.

Later that night the famous faces moved on to Harvey Weinstein’s annual BAFTA party at the five-star Rosewood Hotel. Sipping Grey Goose vodka cocktails and eating mini fish and chips wrapped in paper (what else!), Cumberbatch took to the sofa to have a deep conversation with Birdman star Edward Norton.

Nearby, a glowingly pregnant Keira Knightley enjoyed a relaxing alcohol-free night with her musician husband, James Righton, while Amy Adams donned a tailored tux and hit the dance floor into the early hours.

It was also just about the only party you’ll ever see Captain America (Chris Evans) and Superman (Henry Cavill) hanging out with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) from The Avengers. Now there s a movie we’d like to see!