Thompson, Rickman reuniting for TV film

Thompson, Rickman reuniting for TV film

LONDON, June 30 (UPI) -- Frequent collaborators Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman are reuniting to star in a British TV adaptation of Christopher Reid's poem "The Song of Lunch."
Rickman plays Spurrier in new wine film

Rickman plays Spurrier in new wine film

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- British actor Alan Rickman says he has been in touch with the man upon whom his character in the new wine-themed movie "Bottle Shock" is based.
Depp unnerved by 'Sweeney' shave scene

Depp unnerved by 'Sweeney' shave scene

LONDON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Johnny Depp admits a shaving scene with Shakespearean-trained actor Alan Rickman in "Sweeney Todd" caused him much anxiety.

Casting complete for 'Half-Blood Prince'

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- British film stars Jim Broadbent and Helen McCrory have joined the cast of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

Tim Burton honored at Venice Film Festival

VENICE, Italy, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Tim Burton has been honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival, Variety.com reported Thursday.

Connery honored at Edinburgh festival

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Sean Connery was both host and guest of honor at a party Saturday marking the 60th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

'Snowcake' presents new view of autism

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- "Snowcake," a film that offers a new perspective on autism, has premiered at the Edinburgh (Scotland) International Film Festival.

Helena Bonham Carter to join 'Potter' cast

BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Actress Helena Bonham Carter will join the cast of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," Warner Bros. Pictures announced in Burbank, Calif.

'Lord Made' wins TV movie Emmy

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- "Something the Lord Made" won the Emmy for Outstanding Made for Television Movie the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday.

Nominees for 56th Prime Time Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES, July 15 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 56th Prime Time Emmy Awards, which were announced Thursday in Los Angeles:

Richard Curtis a fan of multi-story films

LONDON, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Braiding together nine stories can be daunting for the most experienced filmmaker, but screenwriter Richard Curtis said in London he was determined.

Grant says 'Four Weddings' scribe savior

LONDON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- If it wasn't for gifted screenwriter Richard Curtis, Hugh Grant might still be auditioning for roles in obscure European film and television projects.

Thompson and Rickman, together again

LONDON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman have worked together on so many occasions, they actually behave like a married couple.

Thompson, Rickman old hands together

LONDON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman play husband and wife in their new film and really behave like an old married couple after working together so often.

Video of the Week: 'Harry Potter'

LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- On Thursday, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," the second of the hugely popular series, is released on video ($24.99 list) and DVD ($29.95 list, but wi
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Alan Rickman
British actor Alan Rickman attends the European premiere of "Sweeney Todd" at Odeon, Leicester Square in London on January 10, 2008. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (born 21 February 1946) is an English actor and theatre director. He is a renowned stage actor in modern and classical productions and a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Rickman is known for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, Eamon de Valera in Michael Collins, and Metatron in Dogma.

He is also known for his prominent roles as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1991 film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and as Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee's 1995 film Sense and Sensibility. More recently he played Judge Turpin in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and voiced the Caterpillar in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. The Guardian named Rickman as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.

Rickman was born in Hammersmith, London, to a working class family, the son of Margaret Doreen Rose (née Bartlett), a housewife, and Bernard Rickman, a factory worker. Rickman's mother was from Wales and a Methodist, and his father was of Irish Catholic background. He has one elder brother, David (b. 1944), a graphic designer, a younger brother, Michael (b. 1947), a tennis coach, and a younger sister, Sheila (b. 1949). Rickman attended Derwentwater Primary School, in Acton, a school that followed the Montessori method of education.

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