Lord Richard Attenborough
Known, for films such as Jurassic Park, The Great Escape, Gandhi and Shadowlands, Richard became interested in the arts and acting, making his stage debut at Leicester’s famous Little Theatre (of which his mother Mary was Chair) in 1937. In 1940, at the age of 16, he departed Leicester to serve in the RAF.
In 1997 Lord Attenborough visited the University together with Diana, Princess of Wales to open the Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and the Arts, now known as the Attenborough Arts Centre.
This inclusive, multi-use arts venue on Lancaster Road was the first arts venue in the country specifically designed for use by disabled artists and audiences.
In 2006, along with his brother David, Richard was named an Honorary Distinguished Fellow – the University’s highest honour – "in recognition of a record of continuing distinguished service to the University."