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Alan Rickman Named Best English Actor of All time

Alan Rickman Best English Actor

Alan Rickman best english actor

Alan Rickman has been named the best English actor of all time, according to a recently conducted poll in the UK, as reported by Ladbible.

Rickman died from cancer on 14th January 2016 at the age of 69. He is most famous for his portrayal of the intriguing Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films.

The poll, which rated ‘Male actors from England, dead or alive’, took into account the entire body of work for each. People were asked to add their favourite actors to the list, before others could vote for themselves to contribute to the ranking.

Rickman is in the coveted top spot and is known for his roles in Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Sweeney Todd, Love Actually, Dogma and Truly, Madly, Deeply.

Not forgetting, of course, the Harry Potter franchise, in which he portrayed Severus Snape. He did such a good job that we’re not sure there’s anyone else who could’ve done it.


In the respectable runner-up slot is Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen, whose pal, Sir Patrick Stewart, also features on the list at number six. Meanwhile, Sir Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Daniel Day-Lewis have come in at number three, four and five respectively.

The highest rated of the list are mostly pretty old school actors with huge back catalogues of great films, like Christopher Lee (7), Laurence Olivier (10), Ben Kingsley (15), Cary Grant (16), Richard Harris (21), John Cleese (23) and even Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, Alec Guinness (9).

Rickman starred in many movies over the course of his acting career, including Die Hard, Sweeney Todd, Dogma, and my favorite Christmas movie of all time, Love Actually. But I am sure that we can all surmise that his huge, younger fan base came about solely due to his portrayal of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies.

When an actor plays the same character through a whole franchise, the fans really feel like they know him inside and out. His perfect delivery, and deep timbered voice both helped to win the honor of best English actor of all time.

Alan rickman best english actor

Others on the list include Sherlock hero Benedict Cumberbatch (25) and his co-star Martin Freeman (27), The Wire’s Idris Elba (33), Peaky Blinder Tom Hardy (39), Gollum’s human form, Andy Serkis (60), Doctor Who actors Peter Capaldi (79) and Matt Smith (82), mums’ favourite Colin Firth (17), Kidulthood creator Noel Clarke (96) and even musician David Bowie (67). Professional ‘ardnut Vinnie Jones also slides in at the end at number 100.

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