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Updated: Mar 28, 2021

Born: 21st February 1946

Died: 14th January 2016 (Age 69)

Alan Rickman was an English actor and director. Known for his languid tone and delivery, Rickman's signature sound was the result of a speech impediment when he could not move his lower jaw properly as a child. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), performing in modern and classical theatre productions. He played the Vicomte de Valmont in the RSC stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, and after the production transferred to the West End in 1986 and Broadway in 1987 he was nominated for a Tony Award.

Rickman appeared as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), for which he received the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role; Jamie in Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990); Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility (1995); Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest (1999); Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and Marvin the Paranoid Android in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005).

Rickman made his television acting debut playing Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (1978) as part of the BBC's Shakespeare series. His breakthrough role was in the BBC television adaptation of The Barchester Chronicles (1982). He later starred in television films, playing the title character in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996), which won him a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Rickman died of pancreatic cancer on 14 January 2016 at age 69. His final film role was reprising his role as the voice of the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland (2010) in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).


GOLDEN GLOBES - Nominations: 1 Wins: 1

1997 - Best TV Actor - RASPUTIN (WINNER)

BAFTAS - Nominations: 4 Wins: 1

1997 - Best Supporting Actor - MICHAEL COLLINS

1996 - Best Supporting Actor - SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

1992 - Best Supporting Actor - ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (WINNER)

1992 - Best Actor - TRULY MADLY DEEPLY

Alan Rickman's Top 10 Movies...

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

  6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

  7. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

  9. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

  10. Galaxy Quest (1999)

How do you rate Alan Rickman's movies?




FILM: Galaxy Quest (1999)

Rickman is hilarious in this sci-fi comedy - a spoof of Star Trek.

FILMS: Harry Potter series (2001 - 2011)

Good Friday, ITV2, 2:55pm / 5:55pm

Rickman makes quite an impression as Professor Severus Snape - one of the best characters - in the first two films of the series.

FILM: Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Wednesday 31st March, Channel 5, 10:25pm


A very quiet nice role for Rickman, playing against type in this period romantic drama - a Jane Austen adaptation.


FILM: Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary (2019)

Fans of Rickman's hilarious turn in the sci-fi cult comedy Galaxy Quest should check out this documentary.

What's your favourite Alan Rickman performance / film?


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