Alan Rickman, the British star of film, stage and television, has died aged 69. His features and deep, drawling voice were instantly recognisable to audiences all over the world,
He was a leading man in films such as Truly, Madly, Deeply, starring opposite Juliet Stevenson; portrayed Hans Gruber - Bruce Willis' adversary in Die Hard - a part which was offered to him just two days after he arrived, aged 41, in Los Angeles.
Other memorable "baddies" include his Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and the unforgettable Severus Snape, in the film series adaptation of JK Rowling's Harry Potter.
Here are just some of Alan Rickman's memorable moments in film:
1) Love Actually (2003)
Rickman starred opposite his regular onscreen partner Emma Thompson as Harry, the managing director of a design agency who gets into an affair with his secretary whilst married to the long-suffering Karen (Emma Thompson).
2) Die Hard (1988)
Bruce Willis starred as off-duty New York cop John McClane, who takes on Rickman's sardonic, evil Hans Gruber and his team of organised criminals.
3) Harry Potter (2001 - 2011)
One of Rickman's most beloved characters; Severus Snape was one of Harry Potter's main tormentors throughout the series but was ultimately revealed to be a hero.
4) Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Again starring alongside Emma Thompson, Rickman was Jane Austen's character Colonel Brandon, who falls in love with Kate Winslet's Marianne.
5) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Rickman was brilliant as the Sherrif of Nottingham, and won the BAFTA award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
6) Dogma (1999)
Metatron was the sarcastic, bad-tempered angel sent to inform Bethany (Linda Fiorentino) of her connection to Jesus Christ.
7) Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
"I'm feeling very depressed today" - Rickman was the voice of Marvin, the Paranoid Android.
8) Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990)
Juliet Stevenson starred with Rickman in this fantasy music drama, where the latter appeared as a "ghost" to reconcile with his girlfriend Nina (Stevenson).
9) Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
Ben Whishaw played notorious murderer Jean Baptiste Grenoulle, hunted by the father of one of his victims, the wealthy Antoine Richis (Rickman).
10) Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
11) Gambit (2013)
12) Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Rickman was the voice of the Absolem the Caterpillar in Tim Burton's remake of the famous book.
13) CBGB (2013)
Rickman played Billy Kristal in this story of the man behind New York music venue CBGB.
Alan Rickman: Life in pictures
Alan Rickman: Life in pictures
Alan Rickman at the UK premiere of 'A Little Chaos' at ODEON Kensington in London, 2015
Alan Rickman poses with actress Kate Winslet and actress Helen McCrory as they attend the UK premiere of 'A Little Chaos' at ODEON Kensington in London, 2015
Alan Rickman attends The Public Theater's Annual Gala at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, in New York, 2015
Alan Rickman signs autographs for fans before the opening ceremony during the Febiofest Prague International Film Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, 2015
Alan Rickman poses with 'Elle & The Pocket Belles' as he attends on day two of the Qatar Goodwood Festival at Goodwood Racecourse in Chichester, 2015
Alan Rickman shakes hands with the Queen Elizabeth II during the Dramatic Arts reception at Buckingham Palace, 2014
Alan Rickman arriving for the premiere of his movie 'A Little Chaos' at the 58th BFI London Film Festival, in London, 2014
Alan Rickman arrives at the Giffoni Film Festival meeting with the jurors in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy, 2014
'A Promise' film photocall, 70th Venice International Film Festival, Italy, 2013
Alan Rickman walks on the red carpet as he arrives to attend the World Premier for the film 'Gambit' in Leicester Square, in London, 2012
(L-R) Alan Rickman, Tom Felton, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Matthew Lewis attend the New York premiere of 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2' at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in New York, 2011
Alan Rickman signs autographs as he arrives for the North American premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at Lincoln Center in New York, 2011
Alan Rickman attends the 'John Gabriel Borkman' after party at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City, 2011
Alan Rickman at the Broadway opening night of 'Seminar' at The Golden Theatre in New York, 2011
Actors Sir Christopher Lee (L) and Alan Rickman attend the Royal World Premiere of 'Alice In Wonderland' at Odeon Leicester Square in London, 2010
Alan Rickman, Tom Wilkinson and Andy de la Tour perform at the Concert For Haiti, sponsored by the TUC, at Congress House in London, 2010
Alan Rickman poses at the Gibson Guitar celebrity hospitality lounge held at the Miners Club during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah
Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver attend the photocall for 'Snow Cake' as part of the 56th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) in Berlin, 2006
Alan Rickman shares a laugh with Mos Def at the premiere of HBO's 'Something The Lord Made' in New York, 2004
Alan Rickman attends the UK Premiere of 'Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban' at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, 2004
Actor Alan Rickman and Lyndsey Duncan attend the '2002 Tony Award' nominees brunch in New York, 2002
Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson at London's Ivy Restaurant, helping to launch ActionAid Week, 2001
Alan Rickman and Julia Roberts at 'Hollywood Salutes Bruce Willis: An American Cinematheque Tribute' at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, 2000
Sigourney Weaver (L), Tim Allen (C) and Alan Rickman (R), pose for the premiere of the science fiction, action comedy film 'Galaxy Quest' outside Mann's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, 1999
Alan Rickman at the Golden Globe Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, 1997
Alan Rickman with Laim Neeson, Natasha Richardson in 1997
Actresses Cybill Shepherd (L) and Christine Baranski (C) present an Emmy to Alan Rickman (R) for outstanding lead actor in a mini-series or special for his lead role in the HBO production of 'Rasputin' during the 48th Annual Emmy Awards in Pasadena, California, 1996
Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson and Phyllida Law at the Premiere of "Winter Guest" in Glasgow, Scotland, 1993
Alan Rickman, Juliette Stevenson and Michael Maloney in 1990
Alan Rickman in 1984
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