Theron and Stewart brave the cold

Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart did battle on the green carpet as they braved the cold in black gowns at the world premiere of Snow White And The Huntsman.

South African star Charlize - who squares off against Kristen's Snow White as evil Queen Ravenna - wore a revealing sheer dress by Dior Couture while the Twilight actress, 22, chose a lacy number by Marchesa, which she teamed with black trainers.

"I love what I'm wearing but I can't wait to take this thing off," said Kristen.

The actress added: "I swear I'm wearing these shoes because I hurt myself. I know that I would look better in the heels."

The pair were joined by castmates including new dad Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan and Toby Jones at London's Leicester Square, which was transformed into an enchanted forest.

Australian actor Chris, who welcomed daughter India with wife Elsa Pataky last week, revealed fatherhood is "fun and great".

Oscar winner Charlize - who revealed in March she had adopted son Jackson - joked she was not in a position to offer her co-star any parenting tips.

"Oh no, I'm a new parent myself so we're just fighting our ways right now," she said.

Rupert Sanders' directorial debut is a modern take on the classic fairytale and sees the feisty princess train alongside the huntsman in the art of war to take on the evil queen.

The film opens in cinemas on Wednesday May 30.