Will Attenborough

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Will Attenborough
Born
Will Grant Oliver Attenborough

(1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 30)
OccupationActor
Parent(s)
RelativesTom Attenborough (brother)
Richard Attenborough (grandfather)
Sheila Sim (grandmother)
David Attenborough (great-uncle)

Will Grant Oliver Attenborough (born 26 June 1991) is a British actor known for his roles in Photograph 51, The Hollow Crown, Dunkirk, and The Outpost.

Career[edit]

He played the lead role in Jeremy Herrin's production of Another Country in the West End, and starred with Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51.[1] He has had roles in Sam Mendes-produced The Hollow Crown, Channel 4's Utopia, Home Fires, Denial starring Rachel Weisz, and the Oscar-winning Dunkirk.[2][3][4] His grandfather, actor-director Richard Attenborough, appeared in Dunkirk (1958).

Attenborough won The Moth London Grandslam in 2018.[5] In 2019, he played Ed Faulkner, a veteran of the Battle of Kamdesh, in The Outpost, based on Jake Tapper's book on the War in Afghanistan.[6][7] He stars in BBC One's Our Girl as Oliver Hurst.[8]

Attenborough is an advocate for Fossil Free UK and helped secure mayor of London Sadiq Khan's commitment to divest City Hall's £5bn pension fund of fossil fuel stocks.[9] In 2017, Attenborough launched a campaign, with actress Leila Mimmack and Mark Rylance, for Equity, the performers' union, to move its fossil fuel investments into clean energy.

Personal life[edit]

Attenborough identifies as gay.[10]

He is the son of theatre director Michael Attenborough and actress Karen Lewis. He is the grandson of actor-director Richard Attenborough and actress Sheila Sim, as well as great-nephew of naturalist David Attenborough.[11]

He is Jewish through his mother.[12] His great-grandparents also adopted two Jewish refugee girls from the Kindertransport.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Kaena: The Prophecy Sambo English version; voice
2016 Denial Thomas Skelton-Robinson
2017 Dunkirk Second Lieutenant
2018 Hunter Killer Kaplan
2018 Where Hands Touch Gunter
2019 The Outpost PV1 Ed Faulkner

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Holding the Baby Josh Episode: "Au revoir l'amour"
2012 The Hollow Crown Gloucester 2 episodes
2014 In the Flesh William Smith Episode #2.2
2014 Utopia Ben Episode #2.3
2015 Father Brown Jacob Francis Episode: "The Time Machine"
2015 Midwinter of the Spirit James Lydon 3 episodes
2015 You, Me and the Apocalypse Bobby Jr. Episode: "What Happens to Idiots"
2015–2016 Home Fires David Brindsley 8 episodes
2016 War & Peace Artillery Officer Episode #1.5
2016 Post Coital Hal 6 episodes
2017–2018 Major Crimes Dylan / Carl 4 episodes
2020 Our Girl 2nd Lt. Hurst 6 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Another Country review – Will Attenborough in the Cambridge spies drama". the Guardian. 2014-04-05. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  2. ^ "Another Country review – Will Attenborough in the Cambridge spies drama". the Guardian. 2014-04-05. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  3. ^ Reilly, Elaine (2016-04-21). "Daniel Ryan: 'Will kept leaving Home Fires to get on a train and go back to Nicole Kidman!' | News | TV News". What's on TV. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  4. ^ "Will Attenborough brings Dunkirk to life on Film-ish". FUBAR Radio. 2018-02-06. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  5. ^ "Andy Bell & more". FUBAR Radio. 2019-03-18. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  6. ^ Times-News, Michael D. Abernethy /. "The Hidden Battle: Local veteran's fight with PTSD gets national attention". The Times-News. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  7. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (2018-05-03). "Jake Tapper's 'Outpost' Film Enlists Scott Eastwood, Orlando Bloom to Star (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  8. ^ "BBC One - Our Girl, Series 4, Episode 1". BBC. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  9. ^ "Lammy and Khan commit to divestment if elected as London mayor". the Guardian. 2015-08-27. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  10. ^ "JLGB Live Virtual – TV, Film and West End Actor Will Attenborough Q&A". JLGB. 2020-06-02. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  11. ^ "Richard Attenborough's grandson to make West End debut". Express.co.uk. 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  12. ^ Attenborough, Michael. "OPINION: The Jewish Attenborough 'siblings' changed our lives". jewishnews.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  13. ^ Brooks, Richard. "The Attenborough sisters who escaped Hitler". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2021-06-05.

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