Lord Attenborough was among Britain’s best-known actors and directors
Stars of the British film industry will attend at memorial service for Oscar-winning film director Richard Attenborough at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday.
Lord Attenborough, who was a stalwart of the British film industry for more than half a century, died aged 90 last year.
Actors Sir Ben Kingsley and Tom Hiddleston are expected to join Lord Attenborough’s brother, TV wildlife presenter Sir David Attenborough, at the service of thanksgiving.
As an actor, Lord Attenborough also appeared in films such as Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, and the 1993 dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park.
Among his career highlights was the 1982 film Ghandi, which won eight Academy Awards, including best film and best director.
Sir Ben, who played Ghandi, is expected to give a reading during the ceremony. He paid tribute to Lord Attenborough following his death in August, saying he would “miss him dearly”.
“Richard Attenborough trusted me with the crucial and central task of bringing to life a dream it took him 20 years to bring to fruition,” he said.
“When he gave me the part of Gandhi it was with great grace and joy. He placed in me an absolute trust and in turn I placed an absolute trust in him and grew to love him.”
Lord Puttnam will give the address at the central London ceremony, which is due to start at 12:00 GMT. Sir David Attenborough, Hiddleston, Geraldine James and Penelope Wilton are also due to speak during the service.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment