The veteran star, who passed away in September (14) following a battle with prostate cancer, was feted by celebrities including Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes at the event at Wyndham's Theatre.

Fellowes told the crowd that the last time he saw Sinden in 2012, his "charm was undimmed" and that he still had "his twinkling modesty that hinted at great qualities but never boasted them".

The theatre's producer John Gale said Sinden was "one of the most generous people you could ever, ever meet" while actor Clive Francis, who starred opposite Sinden in 1966 play There's a Girl in My Soup, hailed him as the "last of the eccentrics".

British singer Martin Best performed When That I Was from Twelfth Night while music by composer Alan Rawsthorne was played throughout the evening.