Angelina Jolie And Son Maddox Together In London

Angelina Jolie was joined by a very special guest at the London reception to mark the release of her latest film, Maleficent - her 12-year-old son Maddox.

Unlike her wicked fairy character in the film, Jolie was all smiles as she appeared with Maddox and her partner Brad Pitt on the red (well, blue) carpet at a private reception in London where costumes from the movie were on show.

The 12-year-old beamed for the cameras in a casual leather jacket - in contrast with his glamour puss mum, who donned an elegant black Versace gown sewn through with Swarovski crystals for the event.

Maddox is the star's oldest child, whom she adopted from Cambodia in 2002 when he was seven months old. In an interview with this month's Elle, the actress admitted that she had once thought that she would never have children.

She has since gone on to adopt two more children - Pax, 10, and Zahara, nine - as well as giving birth to Shiloh, seven, and twins Knox and Vivienne, five.

Although it was Maddox in the spotlight at the glamorous reception, Jolie's youngest daughter Vivienne is the real star of the show. The five-year-old has a small part in Maleficent as the younger version of Princess Aurora, played by Elle Fanning.

"For young Aurora, they needed a child who wouldn't be fazed by the Mistress of All Evil hissing, 'I don't like children' in her face," the 38-year-old actress explained to Elle magazine.

It was then that she realised that Vivienne, who her family refer to as Jolie's 'shadow', would be perfect for the role.

"I can be tired, I can be grumpy, I can be in a terrible mood, and she doesn't care." Jolie said. "So we couldn't really cast anybody else."

Whilst at the London event, Jolie, who is a UN special envoy, took the opportunity to comment on the situation in Nigeria, where over 200 schoolgirls are currently being held by terrorist sect Boko Haram.

Jolie remarked that it was 'heart-warming' to hear reporters asking her questions about the crisis, which has attracted international attention, at a red carpet event.

"The important thing though is to understand that this happens because these men think they can get away with this and they can do this," she said, calling for an end to a 'culture of impunity'.