British actor Richard Attenborough in a publicity shot

Richard Attenborough

1923–2014 | British actor, producer, director

British character actor who escaped from early typecasting as a young coward, revealed an ambitious range of characterisations, and went on to produce and direct

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Richard Attenborough became a life peer in 1993. Married actress Sheila Sim in 1945.

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An English Pilot
Francis Andrews
Ted Peters
Jack Read
Main title from Brighton Rock (1948) (2).  Richard Attenborough as Pinkie Brown
Pinkie Brown
Jackie Knowles
Stoker Snipe
Jack Carter
Pierre Bonnet
Gift Horse (1952)
Able Seaman ‘Dripper’ Daniels
Tom Manning
George Hoskins
Knocker White
The Scamp (1957)
Stephen Leigh
Henry Marshall
Dunkirk (1958)
John Holden
Sea of Sand (1958)
The Man Upstairs
SOS Pacific (1959)
Whitey Mullen
Sidney De Vere Cox
Capt ‘Bunter’ Phillips
Jet Storm (1959)
Ernest Tilley
Tom Curtis
Herbert Fowle, the Accused Murderer
Rod Hamilton
Bartlett ‘Big X’
William Henry ‘Bill’ Savage
Regimental Sgt Major Lauderdale
Lew Moran
Frenchy Burgoyne
Albert Blossom
Loot (1970)
Inspector Truscott
Mr Tungay
Palmer Anderson
Judge Arthur Cannon
Brannigan (1975)
Cdr Swann
Maj Lionel E. Roach
Colonel John Daintry
Kris Kringle
John Hammond
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Personal Details

Sheila Sim, whose steady rise to success in such films as A Canterbury Tale, The Guinea Pig and Dear Mr Prohack has established her as an accomplished actress who epitomises youthful English charm, has an important romantic role in Pandora and the Flying Dutchman.  She plays Janet, the archaeologist narrator’s niece, who suffers unhappiness through her love for Pandora’s fiancé, a famous racing motorist, portrayed by Nigel Patrick
Wife  m. 1945–2014 (his death)

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