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Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman


Alan Rickman
  • Introduction
  • Childhood & Early Life
  • Starting Career
  • Breakthrough Career
  • Some Popular Films
  • Career in Later life
  • Personal Life
  • Death

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director.  Trained in the Royal Academy of Dramatic art he pursued his early life as an artist. After becoming a former member of Royal Shakespeare company his life came into name and fame. A new life of acting came into his life in 1978. His first cinematic role as a German terrorist leader Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988). His appearance can also be seen in Robin Hood: Prince of thieves (1991) as Sheriff of Nottingham also. Rickman’s success took another height with his brilliant performance as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series. 

Along with acting in movies, he has also been on television. Some of these roles are Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. Due to his talent of acting, he has also been awarded many awards such as “BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a supporting role”, “Screen actors Guild award an Emmy award” and many more.


Born on February 21, 1946, Patrick was the second child for his parents. He was born in West London, England. His mother Margaret Rose was a housewife and his father Bernard William Rickman was a factory worker, house painter and decorator along with this he was also reformer World War II aircraft fitter. He has two brothers David and Michael and a sister Sheila.  Patrick’s early life was very happy but he has also seen many ups and downs after his father’s death. His father died due to lung cancer when he was 8 years old. 

 He attended Derwentwater primary school in Acton. As a child, he won there at calligraphy and watercolor painting. After that, he joined the Latymer Upper School school in London. He got admission there by scholarship and also took part in dramas.

At the age of 19 years old Amanda a 10 years old girl became his first crush at his School sports day. 

He took admission to Chelsea College of Art and Design & also to the Royal School of Art. There he was supported by himself as he was working as a dresser for Sir Nigel Hawthorne and Sir Ralph Richardson.


Rickman established a Graphic designing studio Graphiti along with his friends. The studio became successful but he wanted to pursue his career in acting that’s why he decided to take a break from this. Later came in an audition with the Royal Academy of drama art (RADA). He attended that drama school from 1972-74.

Rickman joined the Royal Shakespeare company in 1978 but his experience was not good there. According to him, the company didn’t look for young actors. Members of the company were always busy doing too many shows at once but in 1978 he played the role of “Tybalt” in the Play “Romeo and Juliet” for BBC television Shakespeare.


Alan took a breakthrough in his old career in 1982 and he worked in the television serial “The  Barchester Chronicles” he also won accolades for his performance. The turning point in his career came in 1985 when he did the glorious role of “Le Vicomte De Valmont”  in “Les Liaisons dangerous”. This was a part play written by Christopher Hampton.

In 1990 his appearance seen in the fantastic “Truly, Madly, Deeply” in which he was playing the role of Jamie, that was a cellist who returned to his girlfriend as a ghost after ultimate death. This was a truly successful film.
Rickman has performed villain roles first in London and then on Broadway. He also earned Tony Award nomination due to his villainous role.

In 1991 in Adventures film “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” he was playing the role of villain. He was leading the role of “George: Sheriff of Nottingham” and through this role, he became a very popular villainous actor. Same Year he also did the role of “Sinclair Bryant” who was a very rich man whose wife was having an extramarital affair in the film “Close my ears”. This movie was very much successful and award-winning movie.


➡️Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

As a very confident and fine actor, Rickman was not stuck to only one kind of acting. In his bloody film, Alan has done the lead role of Judge Turpin who sends the titular hero to jail so that he could have with his wife. After releasing from jail Todd decided to destroy the life of a man who had destroyed his own life. Rickman’s role in this film was a very small role rather than very big and the amount of singing that he has sung was also very much minimal but still, he managed to attract the attention of people.

➡️Metatron In Dogma

In 1999 dogma was the farthest movie that has been ventured by Kevin Smith. This movie contains a story of an abortion clinic worker who used her divine heritage as the last living descendant of Jesus to save the world from two outcast angels who would negate existence fully if they manage to gain reentry to heaven. 

➡️Harry Potter Film Series

By the end of 1990, his career graph started becoming slow despite knowing of the fact that he was a well established and famous actor but he showed his brilliant appearance as Severus Snape in the first movie of Harry Potter series “Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone” in 2001, again in 2002 he did the role of Severus Snape in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” making him a very interesting villain. 

His villain role of Severus Snape was very usually popular in the Harry Potter series. He also became a very famous actor due to the success of the Harry Potter series. As a result, he played the same role in the Harry Potter series movies “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005”.  His character Severus Snape was a very much complicated character in the whole Harry Potter series where he was a confusing character. 

Alan had a major role in all the 8 series of Harry Potter where he played the role of Severus Snape in each of installments of the series and finally in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part II” in 2011.


In the later 2000s, Rickman has done many different types of roles in different movies. Some of these movies are “Love Actually” in 2003, “Snow Cake” in 2006, “Bottle Shock” in 2008 and many more.  His collaboration with Tim Burton seen two times into different movies “Sweeney Told: The Demon Barber of fleet Street 2007” and “Alice in Wonderland in 2010”.

Harry Potter series gave him a very high fan following and he started doing several different roles in films. He’s one of the roles was Ronald Reagan in Lee Daniels – The Butler 2013 and Carl  Hoffmeister in A promise 2013. The same year he did the role of Hilly Crystal the owner of the famous New York City Punk rock club in CBGB. Along with doing the role in different movies he has also narrated & directed the one-woman play, My name is Rachel Corrie. It was a very successful play in London and New York. According to him “Life has Shifting Origins so you might as well keep swimming”.


At the age of 19, an 18 years old girl name Rima Horton in 1965  became his girlfriend and also she became a Labor party counselor on Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council. She also became an economics lecturer at Kingston University.

According to Rickman’s statement, both couples married in 2015 in a private ceremony in New York City in 2012 both were together until Rickman’s death but the couple was not having any children.

Along with actor Rickman was also the president of “International Performers AID Trust (IPAT)” This organization works for artists and performers around the world who are suffering from poverty. The charity helps them for their bright future.


Suffered from a minor Stroke in August 2015 he took birth to pancreatic cancer. On January 14, 2016, he died due to this cancer at an age of 69. Death of the most successful and admired British actors of the past three decades made everyone sad.

 His ashes were given to his wife Rima Horton and his final two films “Eye in the sky” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass” were the films dedicated to him only.


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Author & Published Date

Diwakar Tiwari

Date of Publish – January 8, 2020