Lord Richard Attenborough, the actor and film director, has died just days before his 91st birthday.
After forging a career as an actor in films including Brighton Rock and The Great Escape, he became an acclaimed film director, with Gandhi in 1983 claiming eight Academy awards - a record for a British film - including best director. He has been acting in films since 1942.
"Dickie", the older brother of the nature broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, died at on 24 August 2014.
Attenborough's first effort in the director's chair came in 1969 with Oh! What A Lovely War, an-all star production of Joan Littlewood's first-world-war satire.
While the record Oscar haul for Gandhi could be regarded as the critical highlight of his career, there were many other well-received productions including A Bridge Too Far (1977), A Chorus Line (1985), Cry Freedom (1987) - which featured Denzel Washington in an Oscar-nominated role as Steve Biko – Chaplin (1992) and Shadowlands (1993), which won a Bafta for best British film.
He was knighted in 1976 and appointed a life peer in 1993. Attenborough was also chairman of Rada for three decades from 1973 and then became its president.