A NEW film and television stage named after a screen legend has opened at Pinewood Studios.

The Richard Attenborough Stage, a 30,0000 sq ft building, was unveiled last week, and is currently being used to house the production of Les Miserables starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

Ivan Dunleavy, Pinewood's chief executive, said: "The new stage sends a signal that we are serious about growing and innovating to keep pace in an increasingly competitive, global market.

"I am also pleased to be honouring one of the true icons of the UK film industry. Lord Attenborough was involved in 36 films at Pinewood and Shepperton and it is fitting that we pay tribute to his amazing body of work by naming this new stage after him."

A special opening ceremony was held at the studios last week, attended by film producer Lord David Puttnam and Pinewood's chairman Lord Michael Grade.