From the Sheriff of Nottingham to Severus Snape: all the faces of Alan Rickman

From the Sheriff of Nottingham to Severus Snape: all the faces of Alan Rickman

From the Sheriff of Nottingham to Severus Snape

Younger generations of viewers have gotten to know him as the fearsome Potions Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter saga. Those who are a little older have seen it in much earlier films, such as Die Hard or Robin Hood: The Prince of Thieves. But all of them, regardless of age, will always carry it in their hearts. We are talking about an actor who died too soon, at only 69 years old, due to an incurable disease: our protagonist is Alan Rickman, whose deeds and his main activities in cinema and theater are remembered on the occasion of his birthday, 21 February. Remember all of his films, at least the main ones? And you think you know everything about his life? Let's retrace the steps of his intense journey in the world of acting together.

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Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was born into a working-class family in Acton, in the west of London, February 21, 1946. He was the son of a Welsh mother, Margaret Doreen Rose, a housewife, and Bernard William Rickman, a worker, painter and home decorator, and former World War II aircraft fitter. Rickman was of Welsh, Irish and English descent. as well as having two brothers, David and Michael, and a sister, Sheila. From birth, he begins to trace his destiny, with a peculiarity that has made him famous in acting: Rickman has a narrow jaw, which has thus determined that particular languid tone of his voice that has remained throughout his life.

Alan Rickman at 75: The late star’s greatest movie roles from Harry Potter to Die Hard

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The late great Alan Rickman would have been 75-years-old today had he not sadly died of cancer in 2016. Born to a working-class family in Acton, West London, he trained at RADA and went on to become a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company before heading on to Hollywood stardom. To celebrate his incredible career we look back at Rickman’s greatest movie roles from Harry Potter to Die Hard.

Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films

Rickman played strict Potions master Snape across all eight Harry Potter films from 2001 to 2011, who – despite his cold and dark appearance – turned out to be a double agent working against Lord Voldemort.

Author JK Rowling once described Snape as “a gift of a character” and famously confided in Rickman the Slytherin housemaster’s secret backstory that was revealed in the final book.

Four days after his death, she tweeted: “I told Alan what lies behind the word ‘always’.

Harry Potter fans will remember the scene Rowling is referencing – arguably Rickman’s best moment in the series – from the final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Following Snape’s death, Harry is given access to his memories and comes to see that his most hated teacher had actually always cared for him deeply.

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Alan Rickman at 75: Late star’s greatest movie roles from Harry Potter to Die Hard (Image: WB/FOX)

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Alan Rickman (1946-2016) (Image: GETTY)

Hans Gruber in Die Hard

Rickman’s role in the 1988 action classic, which is definitely a Christmas movie, set him up as one of the greatest Hollywood villains of all time.

A cold criminal, Gruber and his team hold hostages ransom at the Nakatomi Plaza while Bruce Willis’ John McClane swoops in to save the day.

As for Rickman’s best moment, it has to be the shot of him falling to his death – one that was more real than films fans might have first thought.

The Die Hard baddie agreed to do the fall for real from 25 feet down to an airbag; so had to prepare himself mentally for the stunt. However, on the first take, Rickman was released earlier in the countdown to capture his real shock reaction to the fall.

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The Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (Image: WB)

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Karen and Harry in Love Actually (Image: UP)

George, Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Another memorable villain Rickman played was this malicious medieval baddie.

The late star so impressed audiences that he went on to win a Best Actor BAFTA for the role opposite Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood.

Rickman’s most memorable scene has to be the line of dialogue he rolls off when the Sheriff goes through everything he says will be banned until Robin Hood is caught.

He rants: “Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings and call off Christmas!”

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Harry in Love Actually

In Christmas rom-com favourite Love Actually, Rickman played Harry the adulterous husband opposite Emma Thompson’s Karen

Perhaps his best-remembered scene is the one with Rowan Atkinson’s character, who takes forever to wrap up the necklace for Harry’s love interest while Karen is lurking nearby.

Back in 2015, Love Actually director Richard Curtis’ partner Emma Freud responded on Twitter to a question regarding what happened after Karen found out about Harry’s affair.

She replied: “They stay together but home isn't as happy as it once was.”

Curtis did toy with the idea of a Love Actually sequel, but ended up making a 10 minute follow up for the Red Nose Day charity instead; one which didn’t feature Thompson’s Karen since it was made after Rickman’s death.

Speaking with Empire magazine in 2017, the director said: “I did toy with the idea of doing a proper Love Actually sequel.

“But I wonder what I think now about love because I’ve experienced a lot of deaths and illness.

“I think therefore I would make a sadder film, and I’m not sure that would be great.”

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