Famous for more than sixty film performances, beginning in wartime with In Which We Serve and continuing with such classics as Brighton Rock, The Angry Silence, 10 Rillington Place, The Great Escape, Miracle on 34th Street and Spielberg's Jurassic Park, Richard Attenborough has always fought tenaciously for the survival of British cinema.As a producer/director he has also been the driving force behind Gandhi, Oh! What a Lovely War, A Bridge Too Far, Cry Freedom and Shadowlands.
The elder brother of eminent naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, and husband of actress, Sheila Sim, he was knighted in 1976, appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 1987 and became a life peer in 1993. He has chaired numerous professional organisations including Channel 4 Television and the British Film Institute and, over the years, has worked tirelessly for a wide range of British and international charities.
Diana Hawkins, formerly a broadcaster and latterly a film producer, wrote the storyline for Chaplin and, as Diana Carter, three novels and a children's book.She is currently an executive director of Dragon International Studios, a company chaired by Richard Attenborough, which is building a new film making facility in South Wales.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 20 November 2008. A memoir from one of Britain's finest actors and directors with an abundance of stories, anecdotes and personal dramas to write about. Richard Attenborough has been acting for over 60 years, he has met and worked with a multitude of fascinating people, over the years, and here he shares some of the highs and lows of this long distinguished life.