Prime Minister David Cameron has led tributes overnight to Lord Richard Attenborough, one of cinema's most tireless veterans, who died yesterday at the age of 90.
David Cameron tweeted that Richard Attenborough was "brilliant" on screen in 'Brighton Rock' and stunning in his direction of 'Gandhi'.
His acting in "Brighton Rock" was brilliant, his directing of "Gandhi" was stunning - Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) August 24, 2014
Stars from both sides of the Atlantic have been sharing their thoughts of the great man, who worked through six decades of film, and devoted himself tirelessly to charity work, too.
Here are his co-stars in 'Miracle on 34th Street' where he played a very convincing Santa Claus. Dylan McDermott was full of praise for "the best Santa ever" and Mara Wilson said he was "the only Santa Claus I believed in"...
Rest in peace Richard Attenborough. U were the best Santa ever. #miracleon34thstreetAugust 24, 2014
I knew he had lived a good long life and wasn't in the best of health, but it still comes as a shock and I'm still sad.— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) August 24, 2014
American actor Rob Schneider remembered "a legend"...
A Giant of Acting and Directing has died, Richard Attenborough. "The Great Escape," "Gandhi." A Legend! http://t.co/JhgaM3oAnE— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) August 24, 2014
While, in the UK, former Bond girl Samantha Bond shared her own memories...
So saddened to hear we have lost Sir Richard Attenborough. Great actor, great director, - funny, flirtatious, intelligent, a true gentleman— Samantha Bond (@SamanthaBond) August 24, 2014
Fans both young and old have shared their own memories, from those who remembered Lord Attenborough's thrillingly cold depiction of Pinky in 1947 masterpiece 'Brighton Rock', to those who enjoyed his cuddly Santa in 'Miracle on 34th Street', as well as his scene-stealing show in 'Jurassic Park', for which director Steven Spielberg persuaded him to come out of retirement.