Born Today: Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman

Born as Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman on 21st February, 1946, Alan Rickman is an English actor. He turns 69 today.

Alan Rickman was born in West London, England to Margaret Doreen Rose and Bernard Rickman, who died due to cancer when Alan was just eight years old.

Alan attended the Chelsea College of Art and Design where he studied Graphic Designing. In the same institution, he met his future life partner, Rima Horton. Afterwards, Alan joined the Royal College of Art. After sometime, he set up a business in collaboration with some of his friends that focused on graphics designing.

It was around this time that Alan Rickman auditioned at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and even earned a scholarship there, this marked the formal start of his acting career.

Alan is not only popular for his roles in movies but he has also done very well in theater and TV. In his acting career spanning over many decades, Rickman won a Golden Globe, an Emmy, a Star Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA.

Alan’s debut in the movie world was marked by a villainous role “Hans Gruber” in “Die Hard” (1998) along with Bruce Willis. In the subsequent years, Rickman appeared in “Truly Madly Deeply” (1990), “Closet Land” (1991), “Mesmer” (1994). He played the unforgettable character of “Colonel Brandon” in the amazing hit “Sense and Sensibility” (1995). Then in 1996, he acted with Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts in “Michael Collins”. Then in 1998, he again acted alongside Emma Thompson in the movie “Judas Kiss”.

From the year 2001, he started his journey in the amazing fantasy series Harry Potter’s film adaptations playing the character of “Professor Severus Snape”. In the coming years, Rickman enthralled worldwide audience in the subsequent films of the series.

During this time he acted in other movies as well including “Love Actually” (2003), “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer”  (2006), “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (2007), “A Promise” (2013) and “A Little Chaos” (2014).

As mentioned earlier, Alan Rickman met Rima Horton who would become his life partner in the coming years. Rickman and Horton have been together since year 1977.

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Mariyum Iftikhar

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