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Date of Birth 5 June 1922Liverpool, Lancashire [now in Merseyside], England, UK
Date of Death 19 January 2016London, England, UK  (dementia)
Birth NameSheila Beryl Grant Sim

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Sheila Sim was born on June 5, 1922 in Liverpool, Lancashire [now in Merseyside], England as Sheila Beryl Grant Sim. She was an actress, known for A Canterbury Tale (1944), Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) and The Night My Number Came Up (1955). She was married to Richard Attenborough. She died on January 19, 2016 in London, England.

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Richard Attenborough (22 January 1945 - 24 August 2014) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (14)

She was the first celebrity talent-spotter on Opportunity Knocks (1956).
She was the sister-in-law of naturalist David Attenborough.
She was the mother of Charlotte Attenborough, Michael Attenborough and Jane Attenborough.
Costarred opposite husband Richard Attenborough in the original production of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" in London in 1952; now the longest-running play ever.
She was the former mother-in-law of actress Jane Seymour.
She was the elder sister of actor Gerald Sim.
She was the mother-in-law of Karen Lewis and Graham Sinclair.
Became an Associate Member of RADA.
Graduated from RADA.
Her daughter Jane, Jane's mother-in-law, Jane Holland, and her granddaughter Lucy were killed by a tsunami while vacationing in Phuket, Thailand. Another granddaughter, Alice, was seriously injured. [December 26, 2004]
Her husband Richard Attenborough directed her brother Gerald Sim in seven films: Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), Young Winston (1972), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Gandhi (1982), Cry Freedom (1987), Chaplin (1992) and Shadowlands (1993).
She appeared in three films with her husband Richard Attenborough: Dancing with Crime (1947), The Outsider (1948) and The Magic Box (1951).
Both her husband Richard Attenborough and her younger brother Gerald Sim died in 2014: on August 24 and December 11 respectively.
She was the grandmother of Tom Attenborough.

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