Stars including Richard Attenborough, DAME Judi Dench and SIR Michael Caine joined SIR John Mills' family to pay tribute to the accomplished actor at a memorial service held in London today (30JUN05).

The RYAN'S DAUGHTER star died at his Buckinghamshire, England home in April (05) following a sort illness. He was 97.

And his family and friends were keen to express the deep impact Mills had on their lives at the St Martin-in-the-Fields church service.

Dench gushed, "The most talented, the most adorable, the most charming and the naughtiest man I have ever met."

Mills' daughter JULIET added, "If I had to chose three words to describe him, I think they would be loving, brave and funny. He was the funniest man I have ever known.

Music at the service was provided by Mills' grandson CRISPIAN, who was once the lead singer of British rock band Kula Shaker, and Andrew Lloyd Webber - who joined singer Andrea Rossi to perform a song from his hit musical WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND.

Lord Attenborough said of his friend of 63 years, "I thought he was a hero then and to me he remained so throughout his life.

"I shall miss his guidance, I shall miss his caring and his unfailing sense of honour, but most of all I shall miss his loyalty and devotion in our lasting friendship."

30/06/2005 05:10