British actor died at 69 after a battle with cancer
Tributes are pouring in for British actor Alan Rickman, who has died at the age of 69.
Stephen Fry described the news as “desperately sad”, applauding Rickman as “a man of such talent, wicked charm & stunning screen & stage presence”.
JK Rowling wrote: “There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, meanwhile, called Rickman “one of the greatest actors of his generation”.
Harry Potter actor James Phelps, who portrayed Fred Weasley alongside Rickman, called the star “one of the nicest actors I’ve ever met”.
Oliver Phelps, who played George Weasley, added: “Terribly sad news about the passing of Alan Rickman. A funny and engaging person who put a shy young actor at ease when I was on HP.”
Dumbledore actor Sir Michael Gambon told BBC Radio 4: “Everybody loved Alan. He was always happy and fun and creative and very, very funny. He had a great voice, he spoke wonderfully well.”
“He was intelligent, he wrote plays, he directed a play. So he was a real man of the theatre and the stage and that’s how I think of Alan.”
Other stars to pay their respects include Eddie Izzard and Boy George. See more tributes below.
Rickman, the star of films including Die Hard, Harry Potter and Love Actually, passed away in London.
His death has been confirmed by his family. A family statement said: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”
Rickman is best known for his roles as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films and villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard.
Over the course of his 30-plus year career, Rickman had won a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.