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|Born||Michael John Attenborough
13 February 1950
England, United Kingdom
Michael John Attenborough, CBE (born 13 February 1950) is an English theatre director. His parents are the actors Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim (Lord and Lady Attenborough). Since he is the child of a peer, he is entitled to the courtesy title "The Honourable". He is the recipient of two Honorary Doctorates, from the Universities of Leicester and Sussex, where he is also Honorary Professor of English. Attenborough was educated at Westminster School and the University of Sussex.
He has been Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre in London since 2002. Previously, he was associate director of the Mercury Theatre Colchester 1972-74, the Leeds Playhouse (now West Yorkshire Playhouse) 1974 to 1979, the Young Vic 1979 to 1980, then artistic director of the Palace Theatre, Watford, 1980 to 1984, artistic director of Hampstead Theatre 1984 to 1989 and principal associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990 to 2002. He continues to be an honorary associate artist of the RSC.
In 2012 Attenborough was presented with the Award for Excellence in International Theatre by The International Theatre Institute. In October of that year he announced that he would step down in early 2013 to concentrate on his directing career.
He is represented by United Agents, London.
Attenborough was married to actress Jane Seymour from 1971 to 1973. He then married actress Karen Lewis. They have two sons: theatre director Tom Attenborough (born 13 October 1986) and actor Will Attenborough (born 26 June 1991). One of his two younger sisters, Jane Holland, was killed in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami on 26 December 2004 along with her mother-in-law and Attenborough's 15-year-old niece, Lucy. His other sister, Charlotte is a teacher with two children.