The Actor: His breakthrough role came as vicious gangster Pinkie in Brighton Rock (1947) but Attenborough quickly became a British hero in the likes of The Great Escape and The Flight Of The Phoenix.
The Director: Attenborough had been producing since the 1950s but waited until 1969's Oh! What A Lovely War before directing on screen. His fifth film, Gandhi, proved to be the biggie, bringing an Oscar as Best Director.
Acting Vs Directing: Now aged 90, Attenborough is the much-loved granddad of British cinema and the role model for luvvies everywhere - whether charming audiences on-screen (Jurassic Park, Miracle On 34th St) or behind it (Cry Freedom, Shadowlands).