Who is Alan Rickman?

Alan Rickman is an English actor and director who enthusiastically worked in the entertainment field from 1974 till his last breath. He was a renowned actor who received prominence from his stage plays in the Royal Shakespeare Company. This actor was well-known for his acting role in ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ which is a stage play. Rickman mostly portrayed the villainous nature though he did not have a strong muscular body. Likewise, his famous villain role is Severus Snape in the film series ‘Harry Potter.’ Apart from this role, he also acted in romantic and comedy movies, series. Sadly, this versatile actor died in 2016 due to terminal cancer.

Quick Info
Full NameAlan Sidney Patrick Rickman
ProfessionActor and director
Birth Date21 February 1946
Birth PlaceActon, West London
Death Date14 January 2016
Parents NameBernard William Rickman
Margaret Doreen Rose
Siblings3 siblings- David, Michael, and Sheila
Net Worth (2016 before death)$16 million
SpouseRima Horton (1997-2016)

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Alan’s full name was Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman, born on 21 February 1946 in Acton, West London. He was born to a working-class family where his father Bernard William Rickman, worked as a factory worker, house painter, and decorator. While his mother, Margaret Doreen Rose was a housewife. His father passed away due to lung cancer when he was eight years old. Likewise, he was raised by his single mother alongside two brothers, David and Michael, and a sister, Sheila. Additionally, he belonged to a Pisces star sign and was 69 years old when he left this world.

Nationality and Physical Stats 

Alan Rickman held British nationality. As per his ethnicity, he belonged to White. He had English, Irish, and Welsh descent. Moreover, his religious views were mixed as his father believed Roman Catholic and his mother was a Methodist. Besides this, he stood 6 feet and 1 inch (185cm/1.85m) tall and weighed around 78 kg (172lbs). He had a slim body type. Additionally, he had a pair of hazel-colored eyes and grey hair color at the time of his death.


Alan Rickman completed his schooling at Derwentwater Primary School. He then enrolled at Latymer Upper School where he received a scholarship. Moreover, he then attended Chelsea College of Art and Design and Royal College of Art. Meanwhile, he also worked as a graphic designer in the popular newspaper Notting Hill Herald.

Personal Life

Alan Rickman dated Rima Horton when he was 19 years old. He then secretly married Rima in 2012. They lived together from 1997 to 2016, till his last breath. Likewise, they do not have any children.

Apart from this, his hands were also on the charity where he was the president of the International Performers’ Aid Trust. Moreover, he also used to raise the funds and create awareness programs.

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Death of Alan Rickman

On 14 January 2016, Alan passed away at the age of 69 due to the last stage of pancreatic cancer. Likewise, his ashes were given to his wife, Rima Horton



Before joining television and films, Alan worked as a stage artist in theatre. His debut stage play happened in the 1976 play ‘Sherlock Holmes’ in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He then worked in different theatre plays like Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court Theatre, Royal National Theatre, and many more. Meanwhile, his first television appearance happened in the BBC Television Shakespeare series ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in 1978. Likewise, he then appeared in ‘Shelly’ in 1980, ‘Smiley’s People’ in 1982, ‘Girls on Top’ in 1985, and ‘Screenplay’ in 1989. During the 1990s, he featured in ‘Fallen Angels’ in 1993 and in a television film ‘Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny’ in 1996. Moreover, his other television appearances were ‘King of the Hill’ in 2002, ‘Something the Lord Made’ in 2004, and ‘The Song of Lunch’ in 2010.


Alan Rickman landed his debut film in the 1988 film ‘Die Hard’ as Hans Gruber. In the next few years, he appeared in small roles in different movies like ‘The January Man,’ ‘Closet Land,’ ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply,’ and many more. Moreover, he also appeared as Sheriff of Nottingham in an action-adventure film ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.’ He then featured in a Canadian-British-German biographical film ‘Mesmer’ in 1994 and in a period drama film ‘Sense and Sensibility’ in 1995. His next film came in 1996, a biographical period drama film ‘Michael Collins.’ Likewise, in 1997 he ventured into directing and writing in a film called ‘The Winter Guest’ where he also has an uncredited role. Rickman’s career took a huge turn when he became one of the casts of the film series named ‘Harry Potter’ where he portrayed the villain role of Professor Severus Snape.

Similarly, his first associated film as Snape appeared in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ in 2001. He then appeared in the whole sequel series named ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ in 2002, ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ in 2004, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ in 2005, ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ in 2007, ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ in 2009, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1’ in 2010 and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’ in 2011. Moreover, he starred alongside various artists like Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Jim Broadbent, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, and many more.


Meanwhile, his other notable movies were ‘Love Actually’ in 2003, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ in 2005 where he had a voice role, ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ in 2007, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ in 2010, among others. Furthermore, in 2012 he appeared in a remake film ‘Gambit’ as Lord Shahbandar. The next year, he appeared in three movies named ‘The Butler,’ ‘A Promise,’ and ‘CBGB’ as Hilly Kristal. Alan also directed and co-wrote the film ‘A Little Chaos’ in 2015. His two final movies were dedicated to his memory. They were ‘Eve in the Sky’ in 2015 and ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ in 2016 where he had a voice role.

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Alan Rickman has won various prestigious awards. He received two nominations from the Primetime Emmy Award out of which he won for his miniseries ‘Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny’ in 1996. Likewise, he also won the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Satellite Awards for the same series. Rickman also received the BAFTA Award for his supporting role in the movie ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ in 1991. Furthermore, he has also received various nominations and awards for his ‘Harry Potter’ film series. They are the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards, People’s Choice Award, MTV Movie Awards in 2011, and many more.

Net Worth of Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman was an amazing, versatile actor in the industry. His net worth before his death was $16 million.