One of Britain’s best-loved stars, Actor Alan Rickman, has died at age 69.
According to his family who released a statement about the actor’s death noted that he had been suffering from cancer. The family statement said: "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends."
Alan is known for his roles in movies such as Harry Potter, Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. His role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard made him popular in Britain.
After his death, several actors and co-actors from the Harry potter movie has taken to social media to express their condolences. Author of Harry Potter, JK Rowling led the tributes. She described Alan as "a magnificent actor and a wonderful man".
She wrote on Twitter: "There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death. My thoughts are with [Rickman's wife], Rima and the rest of the Alan's family. We have all lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts".
Emma Thompson, who appeared with Rickman in productions including Love, Actually said he was "the finest of actors and directors" and "the ultimate ally".
"Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye. What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humour, intelligence, wisdom and kindness. He was, above all things, a rare and unique human being and we shall not see his like again”, she added.
Sir Michael Gambon, who appeared with Alan Rickman in Harry Potter as well as on stage, told BBC Radio 4 he was "a great friend. Everybody loved Alan. He was always happy and fun and creative and very, very funny. He had a great voice, he spoke wonderfully well.He was intelligent, he wrote plays, he directed a play. So he was a real man of the theatre and the stage and that's how I think of Alan", he noted.
Actor Richard E Grant wrote on Twitter: "Farewell my friend. Your kindness and generosity ever since we met in LA in 1987 and ever since is incalculable. Actor David Morrissey who also paid tribute to the fallen star wrote "So sad to hear the news of Alan Rickman, a wonderful actor and lovely man. Tragic news”.
The London-born star began his career in the theatre, including with the Royal Shakespeare Company, before winning roles in TV dramas like Smiley's People and The Barchester Chronicles in the 1980s. His performance as the manipulative seducer, the Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway in 1986 brought him the first of two Tony Award nominations.
Alan is also best known for playing screen villains - including the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, for which he won a Bafta award, and Judge Turpin opposite Johnny Depp in 2007's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
In the 1990's, Alan stared in Truly Madly Deeply, in which he played Juliet Stevenson's ghost lover and which also earned him a Bafta nomination. He further played Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility and the calculating Irish politician Eamon de Valera in 1996's Michael Collins.
The following year, he won a Golden Globe for best actor in a miniseries or television film for the title role in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny. His other film credits ranged from Tim Robbins' 1992 political satire Bob Roberts to Richard Curtis's 2003 romantic comedy Love, Actually, 1999's sci-fi spoof Galaxy Quest and the voice of the Blue Caterpillar in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
He recently revealed in an interview that sshe had married Rima Horton in secret last year. The couple had been together since he was just 19 and she was 18.