Alan Rickman

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Birth Name: Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman

Date of Birth: 21 February, 1946

Place of Birth: Brentford, Middlesex, England, U.K.

Date of Death: 14 January, 2016

Place of Death: London, England, U.K.

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Welsh

Alan Rickman was a British actor and director. He was known for playing German terrorist Hans Gruber in the film Die Hard, Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series, and other roles such as Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually, and Galaxy Quest, as well as stage work.

His father, Bernard Rickman, born in Middlesex, was of English and Irish descent. His mother, Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett), was born in Glamorgan, Wales, of English and Welsh ancestry. He was married to Labour Party politician Rima Horton, until his death.

One genealogy traces Alan’s patrilineal ancestry to Robert Rickman, who was born, c. 1552, in Ringwood, Hampshire, England, the son of William Rickman and Isabel Johan.

Alan’s paternal grandfather was Henry/Harry Rickman (the son of William Edward Rickman and Emma Amelia Shons). Henry was English, born in Wandsworth, London, England. William Edward was the son of Edward John Thomas Rickman and Emma Sulsh. Alan’s great-grandmother Emma was the daughter of William Shons and Mary.

Alan’s paternal grandmother was Mary Kathleen Collins (the daughter of Denis Collins and Mary Quinlan). Alan’s grandmother Mary was Irish, and was born in Waterford. Her own mother was from Kilkenny, Ireland.

Alan’s maternal grandfather was John Bartlett (the son of Joshua Legg/Legge Bartlett and Elizabeth Aubrey). Alan’s grandfather John was born in Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales. Joshua was English, from Tauntoness, Devon, the son of John Legge and Jane Bartlett. Elizabeth was born in Cardiff, Glamorganshire, the daughter of Richard Aubrey and Mary/Elizabeth David.

Alan’s maternal grandmother was Lily Amelia Tamblyn (the daughter of John Martin Tamblyn and Laura Easterbrook Wollacott/Woolacott). Alan’s grandmother Lily was born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales. John was the son of William Tamblyn and Mary Tregelles. Laura was English, from Newton, Devon, the daughter of James Easterbrook Wollacott/Woolacott and Dorothy Gardener.

Sources: Genealogies of Alan Rickman –

Alan’s maternal great-grandmother, Laura Easterbrook Wollacott/Woolacott, on the 1881 England and Wales Census –

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8 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    He was such a great actor and also nice guy, too bad he had to go. Always thought he had some german ancestry, those were eastern german eyes…

  2. fuzzybear44 says:

    I liked him. even when he played a good guy, he acted like a bad guy. R.I.P

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