Hollywood beauty Kate Beckinsale fought back the tears Wednesday in England as she unveiled a tribute plaque to her late TV star father.
Richard Beckinsale – best known for his role as Lennie in the prison comedy Porridge and Alan in Rising Damp – died at the young age of 31 back in 1979 after suffering a heart attack.
Kate’s unveiling took place at his old school in Nottingham, as the Underworld star spoke of her memories of her dad who died when she was just five.
At the emotional ceremony the star recalled: “It was a terrible loss. He and I were naughty and my mum would have to sort us out. It was a really strange period and part of it was really difficult.
“Even though it was the worst loss that I have experienced, I was able to share it with people who genuinely seemed to love him.”
As she wiped away her tears, she added: “There has been a huge amount of comfort for me over the years to be able to get in a taxi and sign a receipt and someone say, ‘Your dad’s not Richard Beckinsale, is he? It was a terrible shame’ and we have a little cry.”
Kate was accompanied by her mother, actress Judy Loe, film director husband Len Wiseman, ex-partner and actor Michael Sheen and family friend, funnyman David Walliams.
TV star Walliams said: “I grew up watching Richard’s shows with my family, especially Porridge which is one of the greatest sitcoms of all time.”
I agree with Walliams… I too grew watching Richard Beckinsale on the telly and have very fond memories of his work!