Alan Rickman

Actor, Dresser, Graphic artist
Effortlessly urbane British actor Alan Rickman enjoyed a distinguished stage career with the Royal Shakespeare Company prior to winning international acclaim in dozens of film and television projects. Following years of ... Read more »
Born: 02/21/1946 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (58)

Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016 (Movie)

Blue Caterpillar (Voice)

A Little Chaos 2015 (Movie)

King Louis XIV (Actor)

A Promise 2014 (Movie)

Karl Hoffmeister (Actor)

Gambit 2014 (Movie)

Lionel Shabandar (Actor)

Manchester United Ruined My Life 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stories of Lost Souls 2014 (Movie)

("Standing Room Only") (Actor)

CBGB 2013 (Movie)

Hilly Kristal (Actor)

Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013 (Movie)

Ronald Reagan (Actor)

BAM150 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

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

Professor Severus Snape (Actor)

Alice in Wonderland 2010 (Movie)

Blue Caterpillar (Voice)

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

Professor Severus Snape (Actor)

The Wildest Dream 2010 (Movie)

Noel Odell (Voice)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 (Movie)

Professor Severus Snape (Actor)

Bottle Shock 2008 (Movie)

Steven Spurrier (Actor)

Nobel Son 2008 (Movie)

Eli Michaelson (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 (Movie)

Severus Snape (Actor)

Snow Cake 2007 (Movie)

Alex Hughes (Actor)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007 (Movie)

Judge Turpin (Actor)

Perfume: the Story of A Murderer 2006 (Movie)

Antoine Richis (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 (Movie)

Professor Severus Snape (Actor)

The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Marvin (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 (Movie)

Professor Severus Snape (Actor)

Love Actually 2003 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 (Movie)

Professor Snape (Actor)

Blow Dry 2001 (Movie)

Phil Allen (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 (Movie)

Professor Snape (Actor)

The Search for John Gissing 2001 (Movie)

John Gissing (Actor)

Discovery Channel Eco-Challenge 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Help! I'm A Fish 2000 (Movie)

of Joe (Voice)

Dogma 1999 (Movie)

Metatron (Actor)

Galaxy Quest 1999 (Movie)

Alexander Dane--Dr Lazarus (Actor)

The Judas Kiss 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Harbor 1998 (Movie)

David Weinberg (Actor)

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Collins 1996 (Movie)

Eamon De Valera (Actor)

Rasputin (Hbo) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

An Awfully Big Adventure 1995 (Movie)

PL O'Hare (Actor)

Sense and Sensibility 1995 (Movie)

Colonel Brandon (Actor)

Mesmer 1994 (Movie)

Franz Anton Mesmer (Actor)

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

Lukas Hart III (Actor)

Close My Eyes 1991 (Movie)

Sinclair Bryant (Actor)

Closet Land 1991 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 1991 (Movie)

Sheriff of Nottingham (Actor)

Truly Madly Deeply 1991 (Movie)

Jamie (Actor)

Quigley Down Under 1990 (Movie)

Elliot Marston (Actor)

January Man 1989 (Movie)

Ed (Actor)

Die Hard 1988 (Movie)

Hans Gruber--Terrorist (Actor)

Therese Raquin 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Romeo and Juliet 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Barchester Chronicles (TV Show)

Actor

Play (TV Show)

Actor

Something the Lord Made (TV Show)

Actor

The Song of Lunch (TV Show)

Actor
Music (3)

CBGB 2013 (Movie)

("Birds And The Bees") (Song Performer)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007 (Movie)

("Pretty Women") (Song Performer)

Help! I'm A Fish 2000 (Movie)

("Intelligence") (Song Performer)
Director (2)

A Little Chaos 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

The Winter Guest 1997 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

A Little Chaos 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Winter Guest 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Effortlessly urbane British actor Alan Rickman enjoyed a distinguished stage career with the Royal Shakespeare Company prior to winning international acclaim in dozens of film and television projects. Following years of work on U.K. television, the actor was instantly entered into the pantheon of all-time movie villains with his portrayal of German terrorist Hans Gruber in the action classic "Die Hard" (1988). Roles like the scheming Sheriff of Nottingham in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991) may have threatened to typecast the award-winning actor, although his romantic lead in "Sense and Sensibility" (1995) convinced audiences of his versatility. Offering further proof, Rickman won an Emmy for his portrayal of the mad Russian monk in the acclaimed biopic "Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny" (HBO, 1996), followed by sardonically comic turns in Kevin Smith's controversial "Dogma" (1999) and the sci-fi spoof "Galaxy Quest" (1999). The role of a lifetime came Rickman's way when he played the morally ambiguous wizard Professor Severus Snape for the first time in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001) and all seven blockbuster sequels. He also charmed in real world fare amidst ensemble casts in efforts like "Love Actually" (2003) and became a go-to talent for director Tim Burton in the hits "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (2007) and "Alice in Wonderland" (2010). Rickman's exquisite voice, dramatic command, and languid, cool presence made him a national treasure in his homeland, as well as an honored guest on American screens.

Relationships

Tom Burke Actor

Godchild

Rima Horton

Companion
Romantically involved for over forty years, since the two attended Chelsea School of Art together former Labour Party candidate for the British Parliament they have no children

Bernard Rickman

Father
Irish died when Rickman was eight

Margaret Rose

Mother
Welsh raised her four children mostly alone, after her husband died

EDUCATION

Latymer Upper School

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1972 - 1974
Entered at age 26; won the Bancroft Gold Medal

Chelsea School of Art

Part of the University of the Arts London's six constituent colleges

Royal College of Art

Milestones

2011

Cast in the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's "Seminar" on Broadway

2010

Re-teamed with Tim Burton to play the Caterpillar in "Alice in Wonderland"

2010

Reprised role of Professor Snape for the seventh and final installment of the series directed by David Yates, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"; film released in two parts, Part 1 in November 2010 and Part 2 in July 2011

2009

Reprised the role of Professor Snape in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth book in the fantasy series directed by David Yates

2008

Portrayed English wine expert Steven Spurrier in "Bottle Shock"

2007

Reprised the role of Professor Snape in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the fifth book in the fantasy series

2007

Co-starred with Sigourney Weaver in the drama, "Snow Cake"

2007

Played the lecherous Judge Turpin, opposite Johnny Depp, in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

2005

Reprised role of Professor Snape in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"; adapted from the fourth book in the fantasy series by J.K. Rowling and directed by Mike Newell

2005

Directed the play "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" at the Royal Court Theatre in London; based on the writings of the 23 year old American woman who was killed on March 16, 2003 by an Israeli Army bulldozer

2004

Reprised role of Professor Snape in, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the third book in the 'Harry Potter' series

2004

Starred opposite Mos Def in the HBO drama "Something the Lord Made"; a dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie

2003

Starred in the romantic drama "Love Actually"

2002

Again played Professor Snape in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"

2001

Reteamed on stage with Lindsay Duncan for a revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives"

2001

Cast as Professor Snape in, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," the film adaptation of the first novel of the best-selling fantasy series by J.K. Rowling

1999

Played an angel in Kevin Smith's comedy "Dogma"

1998

Co-starred with Helen Mirren in the London stage production of "Antony and Cleopatra"

1997

Feature directorial debut, "The Winter Guest"; also co-scripted with playwright Sharman MacDonald

1995

Co-starred in the Oscar-winning film version of "Sense and Sensibility"

1995

Gave acclaimed perfomance in title role of HBO movie "Rasputin"; won Emmy Award

1991

Starred as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"

1988

Feature acting debut in "Die Hard" as German terrorist Hans Gruber

1985

Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company

1985

Originated role of Le Vicomte de Valmont in RSC's West End production of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" opposite Lindsay Duncan; reprised the role in the RSC's production on Broadway in 1987; earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance

1979

Made American TV debut as Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet" for "The Shakespeare Plays" on PBS

Appeared on stage in such productions as "Ubu Roi" and "Hamlet"

Was a graphics designer at his own graphic design business for three years before turning to acting

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