Who is Alan Rickman?

Alan Rickman is one of the remembered English actors and directors, who had been seen working actively on his career since the year of 1974 to 2016.

Quick Info
Full NameAlan Rickman
Date of Birth21 February 1946
Birth PlaceActon, London, England
ParentsBernard William Rickman and Margaret Doreen Rose
ProfessionActor and Director
SpouseRima Horton
Cause of DeathPancreatic Cancer
Height6 feet 1 inch
Net Worth$16 million
Alan Rickman
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Bio, Age, Family, and Young

Alan Rickman, whose real name was Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman, was born on 21 February 1946 in Acton, London, England, and died on 14 January 2016 in London, England. His father, Bernard William Rickman who used to be a factory worker, house painter, and decorator, and former World War II aircraft fitter where her mother, Margaret Doreen Rose is a housewife. He died while he was 69 years old.

He has three siblings among them two were brothers, Michael Rickman and David Rickman, and has one sister whose name is Sheila Rickman.



Alan Rickman holds a British nationality and belongs to the ethnicity of English, Irish and Welsh.

She was born on 21 February, her zodiac sign was Pisces.


Physical Features

He had dark blonde hair with hazel eyes.


Alan Rickman’s height is 6 feet 1 inch (185.5 cm)


Alan Rickman’s weight is 78 kg.


Education and University

Earlier, Alan Rickman was good at calligraphy and watercolor painting and for his education, he joined at West Acton First School and the, went to Derwentwater Primary school as well as joined at Latymer Upper School where he was seen involved in drama. Later, he left his school and attended Chelsea College of Art and Design where he was seen appearing from the year 1965 to 1968. 

After that, he went to the Royal College of Art where he involved from the year 1968 to 1970. Later, his training made him work as a graphic designer where he was seen working for Royal College of Art’s in-house magazine, ARK, and also in Notting Hill Herald. He had also opened a graphic design studio with coordination with his friends and they also received success in their business. Later, he decided to focus on his acting career so that he attended at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) from the year of 1972 to 1974.


Personal Life

When Alan Rickman was in his childhood, his father died because of lung cancer so that her mother raised him and his siblings. His mother used to work at the Post Office where she had also married another man but divorced after three years of marriage.



In the year of 1965, he met Rima Horton and started dating when he was 19 years old. Later, in 2012, he got married in a private ceremony in New York City and lived together since the year 1977 until his death. They don’t have any children.

Alan Rickman
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Theatre Career

Alan Rickman started his acting career from theatre work after he had been cast into the role of Sherlock Holmes on a play “Sherlock Holmes” at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. After that, in 1977, he was seen playing the role of Wittipol in a Jacobean comedy play “The Devil Is an Ass”. Further, he was seen at Royal Shakespeare Company, playing the various roles in the plays like “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, “Captain Swing”, “The Tempest” and “Commitments”.

Further, he was seen in several plays including “The Seagull”, “The Grass Widow”, “Bad Language”, “As you Like It”, “Troilus and Cressida”, “Mephisto”, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”, “Tango at the End of Winter”, “Hamlet”, “The Winter Guest”, “Antony and Cleopatra”, “Private Lives”, “My Name is Rachel Corries”, “Creditors”, “John Gabriel Borkman” and “Seminar”.


Television Career

Alan Rickman started his television career after he had been cast as Tybalt on a television series “Romeo and Juliet” alongside Oona Chaplin and Casey Cott in 1978. After that, in the year 1980, he was cast as Vidal in 3 episodes of the series “Therese Raquin” and in the same year, he was also seen as Clive in a British sitcom series “Shelley”.

Further, he was seen appearing in series like “Busted”, “Smiley’s People”, “The Barchester Chronicles”, “Summer Season”, “Girls on Top”,“ Screenplay and Fallen Angels. In 1989, he was seen as Jacques Roux in the television short movie “Revolutionary Witness” and in 1996, he was seen appearing as Grigori Rasputin in the television movie “Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny”.

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In the year of 2002, he was seen providing his voice-over King Philip in an American animated sitcom “King of the Hill”. Likewise, he was seen playing the role of Alfred Blalock’s television movie “Something the Lord Made” in 2004. Later, in 2010, he was seen in a television series “The Song of Lunch”.


Movies Career

Alan Rickman began his film career after he had been cast as Hans Gruber on an American action movie “Die Hard” in 1988, which was directed by John McTiernan. After that, he was cast on a crime comedy movie “The January Man” in 1989, and then, in 1990, he was seen appearing as Elliot Marston on an Australian-American Western movie “Quigley Down Under”.

Further, he was cast in several movies like “Truly, Madly, Deeply”, “Closet Land”, “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”, “Close My Eyes”, “Bob Roberts” alongside Tim Robbins and Martin Sheen, “Mesmer’, “An Awfully Big Adventure”, “Sense and Sensibility”, “Michael Collins”, “The Winter Guest”, “Judas Kiss”, “Dark Harbor”, “Dogma”, “Galaxy Quest”, “Help! I’m a Fish”, “Blow Dry” and “Play”.  

Likewise, in 2001, he was seen playing the role of John Gissing in a comedy movie “The Search for John Gissing” and also seen in a fantasy movie “Harry Potter and the philosopher’s Stones” and as well as in Happy Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” 2002.

In addition, he was seen appearing in the movies like “Snow Cake”, “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer”, “Nobel Son”, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, “Bottle Shock”, “Harry Potter and the Haft-Blood Prince”, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 1” and “Portraits in Dramatic Time”. 

Besides this, he was seen providing his voice-over Marvin the Paranoid Android on a British-American science fiction comedy movie “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” in 2005. After that, he had also voiced over Absolem The Caterpiller in an American live-animated dark fantasy movie “Alice in Wonderland” alongside Anne Hathaway and Geraldine James in 2010. In the same year, he was cast as a voice actor in a theatrical–release feature documentary movie “The Wildest Dream”. In 2011, he was again cast as a voice actor in a short movie “The Boy in the Bubble”.

In addition, he was seen appearing in various movies like “Harry Potter and the deathly hallows part 2”, “Gambit”, “The Butler”, “A promise”, “CBGB”, “Dust” and “Eye in the Sky”. He was also seen playing the role of King Louis XIV in his directed and co-produced drama movie “A Little Chaos” in 2014. Likewise, in 2016, he was seen providing his voice in an American live-animated fantasy adventure movie “Alice Through the Looking Glass”.

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Achievements, Awards, and Nominations

In Alan Rickman’s career, he had won several awards including Primetime Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Awards, BAFTA Awards, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards, People’s Choice Award, MTV Movie Awards, Satellite Awards, and Scream Awards.


Net Worth

One of the remembered and talented actors, Alan Rickman was seen appearing in several movies and series as well as on several theatres works. Before his death, he used to have an estimated net worth of $16 million.



On 14 January 2016, Alan Rickman died in London because of a minor stroke which leads to the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He died at the age of 69 and his two movies “Eye in the sky” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass” were dedicated to him as his memory.


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