Lord Attenborough first made his name on screen in his student days, playing a Navy stoker, terrified under fire, in the 1942 war film In Which We Serve.
He achieved fame playing gangster Pinkie Brown in Brighton Rock in 1947 and joined an all-star cast in 1963 in the World War Two prisoner of war thriller The Great Escape Lord Attenborough who had three children went on to play mass murderer John Christie in 10 Rillington Place in 1970 and starred as billionaire dinosaur theme park owner John Hammond in the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park directed by Stephen Spielberg.
His will drawn up in 2011 left a variety of cash legacies to relatives, friends and employees as well as donations totalling £410,000 to several charities on condition that his wife died before him and his overall estate including the value of his French property was worth more than £3m.
But the legacies will not be made as part of the probate process as his wife survived him.
"We are just waiting for some refurbishment work in the area of the vault to be completed.