Richard Attenborough is born in Cambridge, England. His mother, Mary Clegg is one of the founders of the Marriage Guidance Council. His father Frederick Levi Attenborough, is a don, scholar and academic administrator at Emmanuel College. Attenborough attends grammar school at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys in Leicester.
My family was principled and socially responsible. My parents adopted two German Jewish refugee orphan girls in 1939 and raised them in addition to their own three boys. [I] definitely imbibed my parents’ dedication towards their respective professions, their idealism and sense of social responsibility.