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Alan Rickman... Villain extraordinaire, comedic personality, romantic leading man. All this and more. He has performed in London's West End, on Broadway, in film and on radio and television.

Born on February 21, 1946 in Hammersmith, London, Rickman attended the Royal College of Art and made his way as a graphic artist in Soho. He received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art which he attended from 1972 - 1974. While there, he won the Emile Litter Prize, the Forbes Robertson Prize, and the Bancroft Gold Medal.

Rickman has worked extensively with various British repertory and experimental theater groups including The Seagull, Snoo Wilson's The Grass Widow at the Royal Court and has appeared three times at the Edinburgh International Festival.

During this period, he did occasional television work, in roles from Shakespearean drama to LeCarr�'s international intrigue.

While working with the Royal Shakespeare Company he starred in, among other things, As You Like It. His casting in The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses as Le Vicomte de Valmont won him critical and popular acclaim as the elegant and heartless seducer. When the show came across the Atlantic in 1986, Rickman came with it to Broadway and there earned a Tony nomination for his performance.

It was during his stint on Broadway that he was approached by Joel Silver and offered a role in the first Die Hard film in which Rickman's unique interpretation of the villainous Hans Gruber garnered worldwide attention and set a chilling new standard for screen "bad guys." Since then, Rickman has appeared in many films.

Mr. Rickman directed the play, My Name Is Rachel Corrie in April 2005 at the Royal Court Theatre, London. His performance on stage in Noel Coward's romantic comedy Private Lives, which had transferred to Broadway after its successful run in London at the Albery Theatre, ended in September 2002. Rickman had reunited with his Les Liaisons Dangereuses co-star, Lindsay Duncan, and director, Howard Davies for this Tony Award winning production.

In 1993, he did the voice-over on Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, Part II... the voice that introduces the individual instruments that eventually come together so magnificently. And is one of the many artists who recites Shakespearian sonnets on the newly released (Feb. 4, 2002) When Love Speaks CD. He is also featured prominently in a music video, In Demand, by the Scottish band, TEXAS, which premiered on Europe MTV in August 2000.

He played Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, which have brought him a whole new generation of fans.

Mr. Rickman currently makes his home in England.

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Stage Work | Television, Radio, Misc.Film

Stage Work

Year
Title
Role
Venue/Comments
1957CoriolanusVolumniaLatymer Upper School
1962Sgt Musgrave's DanceAnnie the barmaidLatymer Upper School
1963Caucasian Chalk CircleGrushaLatymer Upper School
1963Knight of the Burning PestleHumphreyLatymer Upper School
1963Ali Baba & The 7 DwarvesSixth Wife of Ali BabaLatymer Upper School
1964Portrait of Scythop.Latymer Upper School
1964Cloud Over the MorningGrikosLatymer Upper School
1964The AlchemistSir Epicure MammonLatymer Upper School
1965 Night Must FallDanny Brook Green Players (amateur)
Rima played Dora, the maid
1966-1972 The Borgia Orgy. Court Drama Group (amateur)
1966-1972 The Hostage. Court Drama Group (amateur)
1966-1972 Romeo and JulietRomeo Court Drama Group (amateur)
1966-1972 Measure for Measure. Court Drama Group (amateur)
1966-1972View from the Bridge. Court Drama Group (amateur)
July 1971BackboneMalcolm LevinCourt Drama Group (amateur)
Rima played Tania Forbes
1973 Uncle VanyaVanya Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) - Vanburgh Theatre Club
1973GhostsPastor MandersRADA - Vanburgh Theatre Club
1973/4Lower DepthsKrivoy Zob RADA - Vanburgh Theatre Club
1974Little Mary SunshineCapt WarringtonRADA - Vanburgh Theatre Club
1974Man and SupermanRoebuck RamsdenRADA - Vanburg Theatre Club
1974Measure for MeasureAngeloRADA - Vanburgh Theatre Club
1974/5 Babes in the WoodsChorus Library Theatre Company, Manchester
1974 Lock Up Your DaughtersDabble playbill dated 10/30 - 11/74 states Rickman just finished RADA training; Library Theatre Company, Manchester
1975 There's A Girl In My SoupAndrew HunterLibrary Theatre Company, Manchester
1975Saint JoanThe Inquisitor and The Constable of France and Asst. Stage ManagerLibrary Theatre Company, Manchester
1975You see the Thing Is.Library Theatre Company, Manchester
1975Archives.Library Theatre Company, Manchester
1975The 36 24 36 ShowCo WriterHaymarket Theatre Leicester
1975Romeo and JulietParis Haymarket Theatre, Leicester
1975Guys and Dollsa pickpocket and
liverlips louie
Haymarket Theatre, Leicester,.UK Tour
1975Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatAsher Haymarket Theatre, Leicester,.UK Tour
1976The Antique Baby. Haymarket Theatre, Leicester
1976NijinskyNijinskySheffield Crucible
1976The Carnation GangDaniel Sheffield Crucible
1976When We Dead AwakenRubek Sheffield Crucible
1976As You like ItJaquesSheffield Crucible
1976Gunslinger GulthLittle Thunder, a Rancher and Chief Black MoonPhoenix Theatre Co, Leicester, UK Tour
1976Ave to Heard The One about Joey BakerDirectorTravers Edinburgh
1976Sherlock HolmesSherlock Holmes Birmingham Rep.
1976 Dick WhittingtonKing Rat Theatre Royal, Bristol
196/7Measure for MeasureFriar PeterBirmingham Rep. - Edinburgh Festival, European Tour
1976/7The Devil is an AssWittipol Birmingham Rep. - Edinburgh Festival, European Tour
1977HamletLaertes Bristol Old Vic
1977Ubu RexMa Ubu Bristol Old Vic
1977Man is ManUriah Shelly Bristol Old Vic
1978The TempestFerdinand Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Stratford
1978Captain SwingFarquarsonRSC, Stratford
1978Love's Labour's LostBoyetRSC, Stratford
1978Antony and CleopatraThidias/Alexas RSC, Stratford
1979Love's Labour's LostBoyetRSC, Aldwych Theatre, London
1979AntonioAntonio Nottingham Playhouse
1979Fears and Miseries of the Third ReichThe Judge (and six other roles)Glasgow Citizens
1980Desperately Yours assistant directorColonnades Theater - NY
1980CommitmentsHugh Bush Theatre
1980The Devil Himself .Lyric Studio, Hammersmith,. London - noted at time that Rickman was "looking like a sultry Peter Cook"
1980The Summer PartyNigelSheffield Crucible
1981Philadelphia StoryMike ConnorOxford Playhouse
1981The Brothers Karamazov. Edinburgh Festival, USSR Tour
1981The Last Elephant. Bush Theatre
1981The Seagull TrigorinThe Royal Court - London
1983Other WorldsAsst. DirectorThe Royal Court - London
1983Bad LanguageBob Hampstead Theatre
1983The Grass Widow DennisThe Royal Court - London
1984The Lucky ChanceGaymanThe Royal Court - London
1985Troilus and CressidaAchillesRSC
Oct. 19, 1985Gone to Heaven (Back Soon).The Other Place - Stratford
1985 - 1986As You Like ItJaques RSC
1985 - 1986Les Liaisons DangereusesLe Vicomte de Valmont RSC - Stratford's Other Place, Barbican, The Pit, London - Olivier Award for play of the year in 1986 and Evening Standard Award of the same year
1986MephistoHendrik HofgenRSC, Barbican
1986Live WaxDirectorEdinburgh Festival
1986 - 1987Les Liaisons DangereusesLe Vicomte de Valmont RSC - Broadway - NY (Tony nominee in 1987, lost to James Earl Jones), and the New York Critics Circle Award in 1987.
1988The Peace of Brestsimultaneous translatorBarbican Theatre - London
1991Tango at the End of WinterKiyomura Sei King's Theatre - Edinburgh Festival, Picadilly - London; Time Out Award - Best Actor
1992HamletHamlet Riverside Studio - London, UK Tour
1992Ruby Wax - The Full Wax Director.
1995The Winter Guest Director West Yorkshire Playhouse - Leeds, Almeida Theatre - London
1996Love in a Cold Climatevarious roles Roundabout Theater, NY (benefit for Almeida Theatre)
1998Antony and CleopatraMarc AntonyRoyal National Theatre's Olivier Theatre - London
Sept. 21, 2001 - March 3, 2002Private LivesElyot ChaseWest End - Albery Theatre - London. Evening Standard best actor & play nominee, Variety Award - Best Actor, Theatregoers' Choice Award - Best Actor, Drama Desk Award for Best Revival, Olivier nomination - Best Actor
February 10, 2002When Love Speakssecond half presenterThe Old Vic - London
(concert benefit for RADA)
April 19 - Sept. 1, 2002Private LivesElyot ChaseRichard Rodgers Theatre - NY. Drama League Award - Outstanding Artist, Tony Award - Best Revival, Tony Nomination - Best Actor
2011 Seminar   Broadway
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Television, Radio, Misc.

Year
Title
Role
Venue/Comments
1978 Romeo and JulietTybalt RSC/BBC TV - a video is available, but pricey ~$99
1979Therese RaquinVidal Television miniseries
1982BustedSimon Jacks Television
1982 Barchester ChroniclesRev. Obadiah Slope Television miniseries
1982 Smiley's PeopleBrownlowTelevision miniseries
1982Pity in HistoryChaplain CroopTelevision
1983RopeRupert Cadell Radio
1984The Manchester Enthusiasts. Radio
pre-1985A Good Man in Africa. Radio
pre-1985A Trick to Catch the Old OneTheodorus WitgoodRadio
pre-1985Caught on the Crossing. Radio
pre-1985GridlockCharlesRadio
pre-1985Laurenzaccio. Radio
pre-1985That Man BrackenBrendan BrackenRadio
pre-1985The Dutch CourtesanCocledemoyRadio
pre-1985The SeagullAstonRadio
pre-1985Polly. Radio
1985The Contemplative LifeBrother JamesRadio
1985The Return of the Native narrator Rickman reads 12 cassettes by Thomas Hardy
Oct. 1985Girls on TopDimitriTelevision - Four-Play episode
Nov. 1985Girls on Top Voice of RADA Television - Cancel Toast episode
1986Blind Corner narrator Rickman reads 6 cassettes (6 hr. 40 min.) by Dornford Yates
1986Revolutionary WitnessJacques RouxBBC Television - The Preacher episode
Aug. 1986Blood WeddingLeonardoRadio
1989A Little like DrowningAlfredo MareRadio
1989Spirit of ManIsrael Yates Television - From Sleep and Shadow episode
1989BenefactorsColinTelevision
1989/90Billy and MenarratorRadio
1991Tango with NinagawahimselfTelevision - documentary made during rehearsals of Tango at the End of Winter
1993Fallen Angels Dwight BillingsShowtime mini-series - Murder, Obliquely episode
1993Tubular Bells, Pt. IIvoice-overCompact Disk recording
1994Truly, Madly... Alan RickmanhimselfTelevision - documentary made about filming of Mesmer
1994The Magic of My YouthnarratorRadio - A five part reading (by Arthur Calder Marshall)
1994Le Morte d'Arthurread extractsRadio - shared half hour show with Anthony Minghella and Michael Ondaatje
1995Refuse to Dance (song)voice-overCD "Things Change" by Charlie Dore
1996RasputinGrigori RasputinTelevision - HBO special; won 1996 Emmy; won 1996 Golden Globe; won 1997 SAG award - Best Actor in mini-series
April 2000Eco-Challenge ArgentinanarratorTelevision - 4 hour Discovery Channel documentary
August 2000In Demand (music video) companionTelevision (MTV Europe) - by the Scottish band, TEXAS
September 2000American Cinematheque 2000 Moving Picture BallhostTelevision - Tribute to Bruce Willis - TNT channel
September 2000Babitsky's WarnarratorTelevision - 70 minute documentary about the war in Chechnia
December 25, 2000Victoria Wood with All the TrimmingsCaptain George FallonTelevision - Plans & Proposals skit
June 2001Amnesty International's "We Know Where You Live!"YorkshiremanLive Performance, Television - Monty Python's Four Yorkshiremen skit
2001The Billy Elliot BoyhimselfUK TV - Documentary about Jamie Bell's rise to stardom
February 2002When Love Speaksrecites "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun" CD compilation of Shakespearian Sonnets by various artists. Music by Michael Kamen.Official web-site
February 2002King of the HillKing Philip MotzingerTelevision (animated) - Joust like a Woman episode #112
2002Big Night Out2 illustrations536 page book, 30 short stories plus party tips from celebrities (AR illustrates Beatie Edney's story)
2003Painting with LighthimselfTCM Channel ad/tribute to Jimmy Stewart
2004 Something the Lord Made Dr. Alfred Blalock  
2010 The Song of Lunch He  
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Film

Year
Title
Role
Venue/Comments
1988DIE HARDHans Gruber.
1989THE JANUARY MANEd.
1990QUIGLEY DOWN UNDERElliot Marston.
1991CLOSE MY EYESSinclair Bryant won Best Actor at 1991 Seattle International Film Fest
1991CLOSET LANDInterrogator.
1991ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVESGeorge, Sheriff of Nottingham British Academy Award - Best Supporting Actor; Evening Standard Film Award - Best Actor; Seattle Film Festival - Best Actor
1991TRULY MADLY DEEPLYJamieBAFTA - Best Actor nominee
1992BOB ROBERTSLukas Hart III.
1994MESMERFranz Anton MesmerMontreal Film Festival Best Actor - 1991; pulled from theatrical release. Premiered on the Romance Channel Oct. '99
1995AN AWFULLY BIG ADVENTURE P.L. O'Hara.
1995SENSE AND SENSIBILITYCol. Christopher BrandonBAFTA - Best Supporting Actor nominee
1995LUMIERE AND COMPANY.Documentary
1996MICHAEL COLLINSEamon de ValeraBAFTA - Best Supporting Actor nominee
1996THE WINTER GUESTDirectorCinem Avvenire Award, OCIC Award, Golden Lion (1997 Venice Film Festival)
Chicago Film Festival - Best Feature
1999DARK HARBORDavid Weinberg Pulled from U.S. theatrical release.
1999JUDAS KISSDetective David FriedmanPulled from U.S. theatrical release. Premiered on Cinemax, April 23rd, 1999.
1999DOGMAMetatron (Angel/voice of God).
1999GALAXY QUESTAlexander Dane (Actor), playing Dr. Lazarus (alien)Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
2000HELP, I'M A FISH!JoeAnimated feature
2000PLAYMan1 of 19 Samuel Beckett plays filmed - 20 minutes long
2001BLOW DRY
(a.k.a. NEVER BETTER)
Phil AllenU.S. release March 9, 2001
2001THE SEARCH FOR JOHN GISSINGJohn GissingSarasota Film Festival Critics Choice Award - Best Feature, possible U.S. release Dec. 12, 2002
Official web-site
2001HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S (PHILOSOPHER'S) STONE Professor Severus Snape U.S., Canada and UK release Nov. 16, 2001
Release dates for other countries
2002HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETSProfessor Severus SnapeU.S., Canada and UK release Nov. 15, 2002
2002STANDING ROOM ONLY..
2003LOVE ACTUALLYHarry Projected release Nov. 7 or 21, 2003
2004HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABANProfessor Severus SnapeProjected release summer of 2004
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Marvin (voice)  
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Professor Severus Snape  
2006 Snow Cake Alex  
2006 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Antoine Richis  
2007 Nobel Son Eli Michaelson  
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Professor Severus Snape  
2007 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Judge Turpin  
2008 Bottle Shock Steven Spurrier  
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Professor Severus Snape  
2010 Alice in Wonderland Blue Caterpillar (voice)  
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Professor Severus Snape  
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Professor Severus Snape  
2011 The Boy in the Bubble (short) The Storyteller (voice)  
2012 Gambit Lionel Shahbandar  
2012 Dust Todd  
2013 CBGB Hilly Kristal
2013 A Promise Karl Hoffmeister
2013 The Butler Ronald Reagan
2014 A Little Chaos King Louis XIV
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