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Alan Rickman

Actor, Director, Writer Date of birth 21st February 1946
Place of birth London, England
Year of debut 1978
First feature film Romeo & Juliet

Awards

  • BAFTA Awards won1
  • BAFTA Awards nominated4
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Biography

Alan Rickman was born on a council estate to a Welsh mother and Irish father. He went on to study Graphic Design. His love of theatre led him to pursue a career in acting. Aged 26, he won a scholarship at RADA. His first major movie role was in Die Hard. He has demonstrated his diverse acting ability in movies from Sweeney Todd to Dogma. He is best known for his darker roles. His part as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies gave him a new generation of fans.

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Alan Rickman's films

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Packshot for the film A Promise
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
98 Mins
Released
2014

Germany, 1912. A woman (Rebecca Hall) falls in love with her husband's (Alan Rickman) assistant (Richard Madden). Moderate sex.

Rent for £3.50
Packshot for the film Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
125 Mins
Released
2011

Young wizard Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) faces Voldemort for the last time. With Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. Moderate threat, injury detail and language.

Rent for £2.75
Packshot for the film Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
146 Mins
Released
2001

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) starts at Hogwarts in this first film based on J.K. Rowling's books. Some scenes that may be unsuitable for small children.

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Packshot for the film Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
155 Mins
Released
2002

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) investigates a series of mysterious attacks at Hogwarts school. Mild language and horror, and fantasy spiders.

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Packshot for the film Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
140 Mins
Released
2010

Teen wizard Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends (Emma Watson, Rupert Grint) take on the evil Voldemort. With Bill Nighy. Moderate fantasy violence and threat.

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Packshot for the film Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
150 Mins
Released
2009

As Lord Voldemort's power continues to grow, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) tries to find a way to defeat him. Moderate threat.

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Packshot for the film Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
136 Mins
Released
2004

The young wizard (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends face an escaped convict (Gary Oldman) and the soul-sucking Dementors. Contains scary scenes and mild language

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Packshot for the film The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
109 Mins
Released
2005

Martin Freeman discovers that his best friend (Mos Def) is an alien and the world is about to be destroyed. Contains mild language and moderate fantasy horror.

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Packshot for the film Die Hard
Certificate
18 Certificate
Duration
127 Mins
Released
1988

A cop (Bruce Willis) comes up against a gang of terrorists who have taken over an office building. Occasional strong language and bloody violence.

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Did you know?

  • Alan Rickman auditioned for Chris Barrie's character, Rimmer, on the hit sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf.
  • He shared a house with Ruby Wax in London during the eighties.
  • When he was a child he had a speech disability. His lower jaw was very tight, making it hard for him to pronounce words correctly. It has improved over time. However, this tightness gives him his distinctive drawl.
  • He failed his California driving test for driving too cautiously through a green light.
  • He frequently passes up parts in movies so that he can appear on stage. He describes the theatre as his first love.

Awards

  • 1 BAFTA Awards won

    • 1991 Actor in a Supporting Role - Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves
  • 4 BAFTA Awards nominated

    • 1996 Actor in a Supporting Role - Michael Collins
    • 1995 Actor in a Supporting Role - Sense And Sensibility
    • 1991 Actor in a Leading Role - Truly, Madly, Deeply
    • 1991 Actor in a Supporting Role - Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves