The CEA has joined colleagues across the film and cinema industry in paying tribute to (Lord) Richard Attenborough, who passed away at the weekend.

Commenting, CEA Chief Executive Phil Clapp said:

‘The outpouring of admiration, love and sadness which has greeted the loss of Richard Attenborough speaks volumes about his towering contribution to the UK film industry in a career spanning over 70 years.

As an actor and director, he was key to the success of an incredible number of films – Brighton Rock; I’m All Right, Jack; Young Winston; A Bridge Too Far; Cry Freedom; Chaplin; Gandhi, Jurassic Park; and Jurassic Park: the Lost World – which not only garnered multiple awards, but were also hugely popular with generation upon generation of UK cinema audiences.

And as a patron and supporter of the UK film and cinema industry, his contribution was no less extraordinary. His involvement with the British Film Institute, BAFTA, Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, National Film and Television School and many other industry causes pays testament to a man of incredible energy, enthusiasm and humanity.’