Alan Rickman was born on February 21st in 1946. He was born in Hammersmith, London. His birth name is Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman. Alan has one older brother named David, one younger brother named Michael and one younger sister named Sheila.

When Alan was 8 years old, his father died. He went to Latymer Upper School on a scholarship.

Alan later went to Chelsea College of Art and Design where he studied Graphic Design. After 3 years at Chelsea College he did graduate studies. He then went and opened a business, Graphiti, with friends until his love for theatre drew him to an audition at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA.)  At the age of 26 he got a scholarship to RADA which led him to his acting career. His acting career has lasted 35 years with no sign of stopping anytime soon. He’s done theatre, television and movies and keeps going, including into directing a bit.

Alan made his first movie appearance in Die Hard in 1988 as the villain, (what a surprise) Hans Gruber. Although he’s known for playing villain roles Alan has proven himself capable of a wide-vaariety of roles with roles like the ghost, Jamie in Truly Madly Deeply in 1990 and Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility in 1995. He has also proven himself funny being in movies like Dogma and Galaxy Quest. He’s also just been an ordinary man in a crazy situation such as, Dr. Blalock in Something the Lord Made in 2004 and Alex Hughes in Snow Cake in 2006.

In 2001, Alan moved to a different kind of role. An evil wizard, Severus Snape in the movie of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Philosopher’s Stone in some places.)

Severus Snape was rude and mean to students, fellow professors and anyone that he was talking to or was anywhere near him.

Fun Facts

He was given the role of Snape only after Tim Roth backed out.

He failed his California driving test for “driving to cautiously at a green light.”

He’s the godfather of Tom Burke.

He had cello lessons for Truly Madly Deeply and while he uses his right hand a professional cellist had to sit behind Alan with his left hand underneath his armpit.

In the shot where Hans Gruber (in Die Hard) falls off the top of a building, Alan was actually dropped from a 20-foot high model onto an airbag. To get a real surprised look the stuntman dropped him at 2 instead of 3.


“I do feel myself more in America. I can regress there, and they have roller-coaster parks.”

“I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously.”

So there it is, Alan Rickman. I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something new about the amazing Alan Rickman.

-Hermione G.