About the University
Lord Richard Attenborough was born in Cambridge in 1923. The much honoured actor, producer and director made his screen debut as a terrified seaman in "In Which We Serve" (1942) and went on to star in almost 60 films . His acting career is vast and varied and includes "The League Of Gentlemen" (1959), "The Great Escape" (1963), and " 10 Rillington Place " (1971).
Lord Attenborough turned to directing in the late 1960s with "Oh! What A Lovely War" (1969). He was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 1976 and b y 1982 he had fulfilled his life ambition of directing "Gandhi", which won him an Oscar for Best Director. Her went on to direct many great films including Chaplin (1992) and Shadowlands (1993) for which he won another BAFTA award.Lord Attenborough became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1987 after the filming of "Gandhi" in India and "Cry Freedom" in Zimbabwe . He returned to our screens as an actor in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park (1993) and went on to star in the remake of "Miracle on 34th Street " in 1994 and " Elizabeth " in 1998. His most recent directing project was 'Closing the Ring' in 2004