David Attenborough Fans Are Only Just Finding Out He Has A Famous Brother

Some David Attenborough fans are only just finding out that he has a famous brother. 
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Some David Attenborough fans are only just finding out that he has a famous brother. 

Attenborough, 96, is an English broadcaster, writer and naturalist. He’s inspired millions over the years with his educational programmes, including Our Planet and Dinosaurs: The Final Day with David Attenborough.

Although fans are always eager to tune into his programmes, not all of them know much about his personal life, and how his brother is also famous.

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People are taking to social media and admitting that they had no idea that the English broadcaster and biologist is the younger brother of the late Richard Attenborough, who played Dr John Hammond in Jurassic Park.

Discussing it on Twitter, one wrote: I was today years old when I learned the old guy in Jurassic Park is David Attenborough’s brother Richard Attenborough.”

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“Can’t believe I didn’t know that David Attenborough’s brother is Richard Attenborough, who played the guy who created Jurassic Park!” added another. “That just feels really nice and right! I love facts!”

A third commented: “I feel stupid for only now finding out the guy who played John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) was David Attenborough’s brother.

“That’s what I get for not paying attention to background trivia for years.”

Richard Attenborough in Jurassic Park.
David Attenborough’s older brother is Richard Attenborough. Credit: Universal Pictures

Tragically, Richard Attenborough passed away in 2014, aged 90.

David Attenborough has discussed his brother over the years and said how proud he is of his acting career.

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The documentary maker told the Radio Times: “He was very, very funny, and could be – and was – in domestic circumstances.”

He added: “I think probably the most imaginative film he made as a director was Oh! What A Lovely War.

Shadowlands was a very powerful film, but Oh! What A Lovely War was out there on its own – no cinema film that I know of had anything like the bravura and the energy and the invention as he put into that.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.