Stars pay tribute to British film and theatre icon Alan Rickman

Actors, authors, politicians and comedians have shared their grief at the news that the much-loved 69-year-old actor has died

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 Actors, comedians and politicians have taken to Twitter to express their sadness at the death of Alan Rickman, who has died aged 69 after suffering with cancer. 

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JK Rowling paid tribute to the “magnificent” Rickman, who played Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films.

Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter alongside Rickman, said that he had “inspired my career more than he will ever know.”

Stephen Fry wrote a heartfelt message about how Rickman would be missed. 

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband paid tribute to the actor.

As did the current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Ian McKellen shared a long farewell to his friend, along with a snap from the 1997 Golden Globes. 

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Warwick Davis, who played Filius Flitwick in Harry Potter alongside Rickman, said he was glad to have worked with him.

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American actors, including Cruel Intentions’ Selma Blair and Will and Grace’s Debra Messing expressed their sadness at Rickman’s death.