Lord Attenborough Showcase
Explore the life and work of Academy President Richard Attenborough, whose support and inspiration for our work over the past 50 years remains undiminished.
From his first film appearance as a young actor in 1942’s In Which We Serve, to an epic array of outstanding achievements as a director and producer across many more decades, Richard Attenborough occupies a special place in the history of British cinema.
Lord Attenborough has also played an integral part in countless Academy occasions and key moments in our prestigious history: from the international scope and very British style of our early Awards ceremonies, to the opening of our 195 Piccadilly headquarters in 1976 and, more recently, the presentation of a Film Fellowship to co-collaborator and friend Sir Anthony Hopkins. Behind the scenes, his contribution to the financial stability and effective leadership of the Academy has been invaluable.
When something important is happening, Lord A, as he is affectionately called by BAFTA staff, is part of it. As Amanda Berry, the Academy’s Chief Executive, said on the occasion of his 80th birthday, he is: “A wonderful man, a talented actor, producer and director, an inspiration to all who meet him, an icon of the British Film Industry and passionate about BAFTA. We are extremely honoured that he is also our President.”
From The Angry Silence and Guns of Batasi to Gandhi and Cry Freedom, Richard Attenborough has excelled as an actor, director and producer in a superlative career.
Twenty five years after its release, the Academy celebrates Lord Attenborough's award-winning film depicting the extraordinary life of political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi.
From 1959/60, we republish Lord Attenborough’s original application forms to become a member of the Academy.
From the Academy Archive, an extraordinary record of the historic first meeting of the British Film Academy, held 19 November 1947.
Writer Quentin Falk profiles Academy President Lord Attenborough on the occasion of his eightieth birthday.