Alan Rickman: A life in pictures


Actor Alan Rickman, known for films including Harry Potter, Die Hard, Truly Madly Deeply and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has died at the age of 69. A family statement said: "He was surrounded by family and friends."

Here, we present pictures of him in some of his best known roles.

image captionAlan Rickman began his film career as Tybalt in a BBC adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in 1978.
image captionIn 1982, Rickman appeared in another BBC dramatisation, The Barchester Chronicles, as Obadiah Slope, alongside Janet Maw. The cast also included Donald Pleasence, Nigel Hawthorne and Susan Hampshire.
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image captionMore television appearances followed - but, in 1988, he shot to fame as the villain in Die Hard. His portrayal of Hans Gruber opposite Bruce Willis' first appearance as New York cop John McClane was a role he would never shake off, and he became seen as the perfect actor to portray the screen villain.
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image captionHe showed his gentler side in films such as 1990s Truly Madly Deeply, when he starred as a ghost, alongside Juliet Stevenson playing a woman mourning the loss of her partner. He was nominated for a Bafta.
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image captionA year later, though, he was back in the role of the villain, as the Sherriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, for which he won a Bafta. He is seen here with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio who played Maid Marian, with his main adversary, Robin Hood, played by Kevin Costner.
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image captionHe starred with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet (not pictured) in the 1995 film Sense and Sensibility.
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image captionIn 1996 he won a Golden Globe for best actor in a miniseries or television film for the title role in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny in which he starred with Greta Scacchi.
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image captionThe London-born actor began his career in theatre and was a regular on the stage, seen here with Helen Mirren during a photo-call rehearsal for Antony and Cleopatra at the Olivier Theatre on London's South Bank.
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image captionHe took to the stars in Galaxy Quest, in 1999, alongside Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver.
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image captionBut it was his role as Prof Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films that made him one of Britain's best-loved actors and brought him to the attention of another generation of filmgoers.
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image captionAlan Rickman, 1946 - 2016

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