I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously. Alan Rickman
Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016) was an English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage, television and film. Rickman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in numerous theatre productions of both classical and modern. On stage, Rickman is most known for his role as Le Victomte de Valmont in the 1985 production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, for which he was nominated for both a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play. Rickman was also nominated for a second Tony Award in 2002 for playing the role of Elyot Chase in Noel Coward‘s Private Lives. In 1996, Rickman gained critical recognition for his portrayal of the dark monk Grigori Rasputin in the television film Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny winning him a Golden Globe Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a SAG Award and a Satellite Award all for best actor in a miniseries or television film. Rickman’s most notable roles are through his film work. One of his most famous performances is as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, which earned him a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. However, Rickman’s most popular role is as the mysterious Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film franchise.