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Biography #2 (for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

Alan Rickman is one of the UK's most respected film, television and theatre actors and famed throughout the world for his performances in films as diverse as: Die Hard; An Awfully Big Adventure; Bob Roberts; Truly Madly Deeply; Close My Eyes; The January Man and Galaxy Quest.

He also starred in Mesmer for which he was named Best Actor at the Montreal Film Festival. For Sense & Sensibility and Michael Collins he received BAFTA nominations and for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves he won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. For Truly Madly Deeply, Close My Eyes and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves he was named Evening Standard Film Actor of the Year. Recent films include: Blow Dry; The Search for John Gissing and Play (directed by Anthony Minghella for Beckett on Film).

For his role as the enigmatic Russian monk in HBO's Rasputin, Rickman won the 1996 Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor. Other television credits include Benefactors; Revolutionary Witness; Spirit of Man; Pity in History; Barchester Chronicles; Busted; Therese Raquin and Romeo & Juliet.

As a director Rickman's work includes Wax Acts with Ruby Wax in the West End and The Winter Guest by Sharman MacDonald at both the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre in London. He then went on to direct (and co-write with Macdonald) the feature film version of The Winter Guest starring Emma Thompson. It was an Official Selection for the Venice Film Festival, winning three awards and later won Best Feature at the Chicago Film Festival.

Rickman is equally famed for his theatre work. As a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company he starred in Les Liaisons Dangereuses both in the West End and on Broadway where he was nominated for a Tony Award. Other productions for the RSC include: Mephisto; Troilus and Cressida; As You Like It; Love's Labour's Lost; Antony and Cleopatra; Captain Swing and The Tempest. Most of his stage work however has been in contemporary theatre and includes: Fears and Miseries of the Third Reich at the Glasgow Citizens; The Carnation Game and The Summer Party at the Crucible Sheffield; Commitments and The Last Elephant at the Bush Theatre; Bad Language at the Hampstead Theatre Club; The Grass Widow; The Lucky Chance and The Seagull at the Royal Court.

For the National Theatre Rickman starred in Antony & Cleopatra and played the title role in Hamlet at Riverside Studios directed by Robert Sturua, the celebrated director of the Rustaveli Theatre in Georgia. Rickman has also appeared three times at the Edinburgh Festival - a double bill of The Devil is an Ass and Measure for Measure, which also toured Europe; Brothers Karamazov, which then toured the USSR and Yukio Ninagawa's Tango at the end of Winter which later transferred to the West End, winning Rickman the Time Out Award for Best Actor.

Rickman recently starred in the highly acclaimed West End production of Noel Coward's Private Lives. He won both the Variety Club and Theatre Goers Awards for Best Actor and was nominated for Olivier and Evening Standard Awards. The play enjoyed a sell out run at the Albery Theatre before transferring to Broadway where Rickman was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Actor.

Returning to London, he filmed Love Actually for Richard Curtis.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (07-Jun-2004)


Biography #3 (for Love Actually)

Alan Rickman is known throughout the world for his performances in films as diverse as: Die Hard; An Awfully Big Adventure; Bob Roberts; Truly Madly Deeply; Close My Eyes; Dogma; Galaxy Quest; and the recent worldwide hits Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

He also starred in Mesmer, for which he was named Best Actor at the Montreal Film Festival. For Sense and Sensibility and Michael Collins, he received BAFTA nominations and for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. For Truly Madly Deeply, Close My Eyes and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, he was named Evening Standard Film Actor of the Year.

For his role as the enigmatic Russian monk in HBO's Rasputin, Rickman won the 1996 Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor. His other television credits include: Fallen Angels; Benefactors; Revolutionary Witness; Pity in History; and Barchester Chronicles.

As a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he starred in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (both in the West End and on Broadway, where he was nominated for a Tony Award). His other productions for the RSC include: Mephisto; Troilus and Cressida; As You Like It; Love's Labour's Lost; Antony and Cleopatra; Captain Swing; and The Tempest. Most of his stage work, however, has been in contemporary theatre and includes work at the Bush Theatre, Hampstead Theatre Club and the Royal Court Theatre, where he appeared in The Grass Widow, The Lucky Chance and The Seagull.

For the National Theatre, Rickman starred in Antony and Cleopatra and played the title role in Hamlet at Riverside Studios and on a U.K. tour, which was directed by Robert Sturua, the celebrated director of the Rustaveli Theatre in Georgia. Rickman has also appeared three times at the Edinburgh Festival: a double bill of The Devil Is an Ass and Measure for Measure, which also toured Europe; The Brothers Karamazov, which then toured the USSR; and Yukio Ninagawa's Tango at the End of Winter, which later transferred to the West End and won Rickman the Time Out Award for Best Actor.

Rickman recently starred in the highly acclaimed production of Noel Coward's Private Lives both in London and New York. He won both the Variety Club and Theatre Goers Awards for Best Actor and was nominated for Olivier, Evening Standard and Tony awards.

As a director, Rickman's work includes The Winter Guest by Sharman Macdonald (at both the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre in London). He also directed the feature film version of The Winter Guest, which was an Official Selection for the Venice Film Festival, where it won three awards and later won Best Feature at the Chicago Film Festival.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Love Actually" (01-Jan-2000)


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