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The veteran British actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90.

He was one of Britain's leading actors during the middle of the 20th century, before becoming a highly successful director.

His best known films as an actor included Brighton Rock, The Great Escape and Jurassic Park. His director's CV included A Bridge Too Far, Gandhi, for which he won an Academy Award, and Cry Freedom.

He was the older brother of wildlife broadcaster David Attenborough.

His most recent films as director and producer include Chaplin (1992) starring Robert Downey Jr as Charlie Chaplin, and Shadowlands (1993), based on the relationship between 
CS Lewis and Joy Gresham.

Between 2006 and 2007 Attenborough spent time in Northern Ireland working on his last film as director and producer, Closing the Ring, a love story set in Belfast during the Second World War and starring Shirley 
MacLaine, Christopher Plummer and Pete Postlethwaite.

British prime minister David Cameron last night described Attenborough as "one of the greats of cinema".