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Actor Alan Rickman, famous for his portrayal and Severus Snape, has died aged 69…

Alan Rickman was famous for roles in Harry Potter and Love Actually, with a career recognisable across generations.

He died aged 69 in London.

His family confirmed his death on Thursday. Alan had been suffering from cancer.

His family said in a statement:

The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.

Tributes have begun to pour in. Sir Michael Gambon, who starred as Dumbledor alongside Alan in the Harry Potter films, said:

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.

Richard E. Grant on Twitter wrote: ‘Farewell my friend. Your kindness & generosity ever since we met in LA in 1987 & ever since is incalculable. XX’

James Phelps, who plays Fred Weasley in Harry Potter, said he was ‘shocked and saddened’ to hear of the news of his co-star. His twin brother, Oliver, who played George said: ‘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 Harry Potter.’

J.K Rowling has left her tributes on Twitter:

  Daniel Radcliffe has penned a touching tribute to Alan:

Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that. I know other people who’ve been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say “if you call Alan, it doesn’t matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he’s doing, he’ll get back to you within a day”.

People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner (or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.

As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.

Emma Watson has said on Facebook:

I’m very sad to hear about Alan today. I feel so lucky to have worked and spent time with such a special man and actor. I’ll really miss our conversations. RIP Alan. We love you.

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