Old Vic boss Kevin Spacey and sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp were guests of honour at Southwark Council's annual employee awards on Friday evening.
Southwark Council's Star Awards recognise the effort of individuals and teams who have helped to improve services for the people of Southwark in the previous 12 months.
"I was really pleased to be able to meet the staff of Southwark Council whose hard work makes such a big difference to the residents of the borough," says Kevin Spacey. "It was a valuable and important event in our community and I was delighted to be there."
Sokari Douglas Camp added: "It was an absolute pleasure to be able to talk to Southwark Council staff about some of my art tonight. It was a great opportunity to recognise all of the brilliant work officers do and to give a little something back to the community."
The council says that Spacey and Douglas Camp were not paid for their appearance at the event.
• Kevin Spacey and his work at The Old Vic will be the subject of an edition of The South Bank Show with Melvyn Bragg to be broadcast on ITV1 on 6 January 2008.