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Alan Rickman Biography

Birth Name:
Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman
Birth Place:
Hammersmith, London, England
Profession
Actor, director, graphic designer

Fast Facts

  • Knew he wanted to be an actor at age 7, but was a gifted artist and illustrator, so he decided to pursue a career in graphic design at first
  • Worked as a graphic designer at radical newspaper, the Notting Hill Herald, and cofounded the London-based design company Graphiti
  • At 26, he left his design firm after he was accepted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1985 and originated the role of Le Vicomte de Valmont in a West End production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses; he reprised the role on Broadway in 1987
  • First big-screen role came with a villainous turn opposite Bruce Willis in the 1988 action blockbuster Die Hard
  • Named British Actor of the Year at the 1991 London Film Critics Awards for a variety of roles, including the notorious Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • Became Vice Chairman of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2003

Awards

  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2004Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 1997BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 1996BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1996Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: winner
  • 1996Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor for a Miniseries or a Special: winner
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1992BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1992BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: winner

Relationships

  • David Rickman -- Brother
  • Michael Rickman -- Brother
  • Bernard Rickman -- Father
  • Margaret Rickman -- Mother
  • Sheila Rickman -- Sister
  • Rima Horton -- Wife