Alan Rickman Biography

Updated On Feb 13, 2019 Published On Oct 13, 2015
Facts of Alan Rickman
Date of Birth: 1946 , February-21
Birth Nation: United Kingdom
Height: 6 Feet 1 Inch
Name Alan Rickman
Birth Name Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Hammersmith, London, England
Ethnicity White
Profession English actor and director
Net Worth $16 million dollars
Hair Color Grey
Face Color White
Married Yes
Married to Rima Horton (m. 2012)
Died 14 January 2016 (aged 69) London, England
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Alan Rickman, aka. Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman, is a renowned actor from the United Kingdom. He is popular in the world for portraying his role in the movies like Truly, Madly, Deeply and Harry Potter film series.

Childhood, Education, Age and Death of His Father

Alan Rickman was born on 21 February 1946, in Hammersmith, London, England, to Margaret Doreen Rose and Bernard Rickman. He is English and is of diverse descent.

Rickman had two siblings, David and Michael, and a sister, Sheila. When he was eight years of age, Rickman's father died of lung disease, leaving his mom to raise him and his three siblings.

As per Paton, the family was "rehoused by the committee and moved to an Acton bequest toward the west of Wormwood Scrubs Prison, where his mother took care of all her children single-handedly, working for the Post Office.

Before Rickman met his future wife Rima Horton at age 19, he stated that he had a crush on a girl named Amanda when he was just 10 years of age.

As a kid, he exceeded expectations at calligraphy and watercolor painting. Rickman went to Derwentwater Primary School in Acton, and after that Latymer Upper School in London through the Direct Grant system, where he got engaged in drama and theatre.

Later, he went to Chelsea College of Art and Design and after that the Royal College of Art. This instruction enabled him to fill in as a visual planner for the Royal College of Art's in-house magazine, ARK, and the Notting Hill Herald, which he considered a more steady occupation than acting; he later said that show school "wasn't viewed as the reasonable activity at 18".

After graduation, Rickman and a few companions opened a visual computerization studio called Graphiti, yet following three years of fruitful business, he concluded that he was going to seek after acting expertly.

What was his age at the time of his death?

Rickman died on January 14, 2016, in London, United Kingdom, at the age of 69.

Marriage with Girlfriend-turned-wife Rima Horton

Alan Rickman was married to wife Rima Horton. The Harry Potter star Alan got married to Rima almost after 50 years of togetherness in a private wedding ceremony in New York City in 2012. Although they tied the knot in 2012, they revealed the news only in 2015. 

Alan gifted a gold wedding band worth £130 for their marriage. Talking about their marriage after years, Rickman told newspaper Bild, 

We are married, just recently, It was great because no-one was there. After the wedding in New York, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and ate lunch

Well, The husband and wife first met while at a school in Chelsea School of Art, in 1965, when he was 19 and Rima was 18-year-old.

After dating each other for about a decade, they decided to move on, and they started living together form 1977. They lived together until his death on January 14, 2016.

Did They Have Children?

Although the remained together for years, the couple never had any children of their own.

Net Worth

His net worth was around $16 million before his death in 2016.

Known for his appearance in the Harry Potter franchise, he is regarded as the 20th highest grossing actor. By far, his films have grossed over $3.4 billion.

During his early professional days, he worked for several theater companies and his early acting role was in dramas. 

Alan Rickman Death & Funeral

Rickman died on 14 January 2016, at the age of 69. He reportedly was unaware of the severity of pancreatic cancer and came to know about it only two weeks prior to his death.

After his death, his remains were cremated in the West London Crematorium in Kensal Green on February 3, 2016. Also, the ashes were received by his wife.

Prior to his death, he suffered a minor stroke in August 2015 and was also later diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which was only revealed to his closest friends and family members.

Likewise, the two of the upcoming films he had been working on, Eye in the Sky and Alice Through the Looking Glass, were dedicated to him.


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Alan Rickman facts on timeline

Born in Hammersmith, London, England

February 21 , 1946

Alan Rickman was from the middle class family born in Hammersmith, London, England of United Kingdom to Margaret Doreen Rose and Bernard Rickman. He is English and is of diverse descent and they are of English, Irish and Welsh. 

Began dating Rima Horton


It is also said that Alan Rickman first met Rima Horton when they were in their late teens. They began dating each other from that time on. After dating each other for about a decade they decided to move on and they started living together form 1977.

Married to Rima Horton


Alan Rickman is a married man. He is married to Rima Horton. He is recently married to her but it’s been so long they are living together. She has already established herself as an active member of Labour Party. They got married in 2012. 

Won Primetime Emmy Awards


Primetime Emmy Awards is one of the prestigious awards in the acting world and everyone really feels honored if they win this award. He has also been honored with this award once in his life and that was in 1996 for Outstanding Lead Actor.

Won Golden Globes, USA


He has once been honored with the Golden Globes, USA. He got his first and only nomination in this award by portraying his role in the television series Rasputin. He was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor. He won this award from the same nomination. 

Won BAFTA Awards


In 1992, he was nominated in BAFTA Awards from two different nominations and that was in Best Actor and Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He won this award from his later nomination. Later he has also been nominated twice but was not crowned with this award. 

Won Beijing International Film Festival


He has been nominated in lots of prestigious awards and he has also won some of them. In 2014, he got his only nomination in Beijing International Film Festival. He was nominated in this award for Best Supporting Actor. 

Attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Art


He received his formal education from Latymer Upper School, after completing his education from there he joined Chelsea College of Art and Design. Then he studied at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and graduated from there in 1974. 

His father died


Alan Rickman was born to Margaret Doreen Rose and Bernard Rickman. His mother was a house wife and his father was worker in some factory. He had some bad days in his early days as his father was dead when he was just eight years old. 

Began his acting career


After completing his education from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he desired to enter into the acting world. During his early professional days, he worked for several theater companies and his early acting role was in dramas.