Actor and director Richard Attenborough dies aged 90
Lord Attenborough, seen here in 2008, was among Britain's best-known actors
Oscar-winning British film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90, his son has said.
Lord Attenborough was one of Britain's leading actors, before becoming a highly successful director.
In a career that spanned six decades, he appeared in films including Brighton Rock, World War Two prisoner of war thriller The Great Escape and later in dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park.
As a director he was perhaps best known for Gandhi, which won him two Oscars.
Lord Attenborough had been in a nursing home with his wife for a number of years, BBC arts editor Will Gompertz said.
He had also been in a wheelchair since falling down stairs six years ago, our correspondent added.
His son told the BBC that Lord Attenborough died at lunchtime on Sunday.
His family is expected to make a full statement on Monday.
'Paying tribute, Prime Minister David Cameron [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]: "His acting in "Brighton Rock" was brilliant, his directing of "Gandhi" was stunning - Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema."
Actress Mia Farrow tweeted: "Richard Attenborough was the kindest man I have ever had the privilege of working with. A Prince. RIP 'Pa' - and thank you."
Chris Hewitt from Empire Magazine told BBC News Lord Attenborough had a "huge impact" on cinema, describing him as a "universally beloved" figure.
Lord Attenborough, pictured with brother David, attracted wide praise on social media on Sunday night
Among his most celebrated roles was his performance as Pinky in Brighton Rock
He had been in a nursing home with his wife for a number of years
Along with his naturalist brother David, Lord Attenborough was one of Britain's best-known screen celebrities.
Born in Cambridge in 1923, he started acting at the age of just 12, making his professional stage debut aged 18.
He married his wife Sheila in 1945. They had three children.
He was appointed a CBE in 1967 and knighted nine years later in 1976, before being made a life peer in 1993.
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