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Kate Beckinsale unveils school dedication to her late dad

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Jul 17, 2013 | 1:17pm EDT

British movie star Kate Beckinsale has helped to honour her actor father by unveiling a special plaque in his memory at his former school. Richard Beckinsale became a TV regular in the 1970s thanks to roles in hit U.K. sitcoms Porridge and Rising Damp, and on Wednesday (17Jul13), his daughter headed back to his native Nottinghamshire in England to pay tribute to her late dad at Chilwell's College House Junior School. The Underworld beauty was joined by her director husband Len Wiseman and her mother, actress Judy Loe, for the dedication ceremony, while her ex, Welsh actor Michael Sheen, and comedian David Walliams were also in attendance. Headmaster Mark North told the crowd, "It's a real honour for the school to be a part of this special occasion, dedicated to the memory of Richard Beckinsale. "It was a once in a lifetime experience for us all. We are honoured to have hosted such distinguished guests. "We place a high priority on the performing arts in school, and hope that pupils will continue to be inspired by Richard's career for many years to come." The blue plaques are traditionally placed at significant historical sites across the U.K. by officials from The Heritage Foundation. Richard Beckinsale died in 1979, aged 31, after suffering a heart attack.

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