Alan Rickman, acclaimed British actor, died yesterday aged 69.

Farewell Alan Rickman

Often seen portraying villainous characters, Rickman won a Bafta in 1991 for his role as Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. 

Rickman was known for his many and varied roles in many much-loved films and stage roles. He starred as cunning Professor Severus Snape throughout the franchise of Harry Potter films, bringing both menace and unexpected warmth to the role.

Alan Rickman Professor Snape

Rickman was also known for his role in Love Actually and starred as Hans Gruber opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard, as well as performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The actor had been suffering from cancer. Yesterday Rickman’s family released the following statement: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”

After the death of David Bowie last week, we are sad to have lost another great cultural talent and will be remembering his many outstanding roles across stage and screen.

“I think there should be laughs in everything. Sometimes, it’s a slammed door, a pie in the face or just a recognition of our frailties.” – Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman acclaimed actor

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