The stars were out in force – from Lupita Nyong’o and Benedict Cumberbatch to John Boyega and Simon Pegg – but new droid BB-8 drew the biggest cheer.
Darth Vader opened the show in London's Leicester Square, flanked by his loyal stormtroopers and followed by a veritable cast of characters including Jedi Knights and Chewbacca.
23-year-old John Boyega (left), who plays new character Finn, exclaimed to the crowd: “I’m a boy from Peckham and I’m in 'Star Wars'!”
A young Warwick Davis played the Ewok Wickett in 1983's 'Return of the Jedi'.
Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew and Harrison Ford, aka Han Solo, had a right old laugh at the premiere.
He's got a lot of guts coming here, after what he pulled.
In November Simon Pegg told The New Daily News: "I don't really have any respect for anyone who thinks [the 'Star Wars' prequels] are good. "They’re not. (They’re) a monumental misunderstanding of what the (original) three films are about. It's an exercise in utter infanticide... (like) George Lucas killing his kid." Let's hope he prefers JJ Abram's version, which the sci-fan bagged a role in.
Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, was absent from the film's official poster and wasn't glimpsed in early trailers. He told reporters: "The decision to keep my character mysterious means Harrison and Carrie are doing all the heavy lifting at the moment."
Like a champagne supernova in the sky, Noel turned up the 'Star Wars' premiere in Leicester Square.
Has anyone ever seen Peter Mayhew and Chewbacca in the same place at the same time? They have now.
This man is RD-D2. What a legend - or, to put it in words he'd appreciate, "Beep-beep bleep-bleep bloop-bloop".
Carrie Fisher's furry friend is just out of shot here. She brought her dog along to the 'Star Wars' premiere.
Warwick Davis, a selfie stick and new droid BB-8. Fun fact: Ben Schwartz, aka Jean-Ralphio from 'Parks and Recreation' and Bill Hader from 'Saturday Night Live' voice the droid. Must be a tight squeeze.
Director JJ Abrams has garnered pretty much a clean sweep of stellar reviews. We said: "A successful Star Wars movie isn’t really about clever story or spectacle, it’s about something much harder: creating a feeling. JJ Abrams, it seems, knows this."
Is it you in that Stormtrooper outfit, Joe McElderry?
That Stormtrooper looks as if he wants a slice of the $4bn 'Star Wars' creator George Lucas got for the rights to the franchise, which he sold to Disney.
The night before the premiere, 'The Force Awakens' star tweeted: "Oh, what a night! @starwars #theforceawakens LA premiere was A.MAZ.ING . Now London's calling...…"
It's not a party until Brian May and Anita Dobson have turned up.
From The Death Star to Golden Balls: these are David and Victoria Beckham's children, Romeo and Brooklyn.
In our 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' review, we wrote: "It’s too early to say if the new characters will have the lasting impact of Han, Leia or Luke - and they can’t realistically hope to – but Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver [pictured] all make their mark, in very different ways."
Actor Anthony Daniels plays the droid 3-CPO. New Droid BB-8 got a bigger cheer from the crowd, but Daniels didn't seem to mind.
Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter attended the premiere. His film, 'Star Trek: Into Darkness', didn't generate as much hype, but Cumbers didn't kick up a fuss.
Daisy Ridley, who plays new character Rey, said: “It’s so special to be in London. The audition process took a long time, it was a roller coaster there were many tears. JJ [Abrams] was amazing and made me feel like I could do the job."