Will Attenborough

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Will Attenborough
Will Grant Oliver Attenborough

(1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 30)
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.


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]



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


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


  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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