In sad news the beloved British actor Alan Rickman has died from cancer, aged just 69.
Best known for his roles as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, he also won a Bafta award for his role as the villainous Sheriff Nottingham in 1991's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Rickman began his career in the theatre, working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, before moving on to small television roles in the early 80's. His big screen break came in the form of action movie, and all time Christmas classic, Die Hard. Die Hard would go on to become one of his most iconic roles, and pave the way to him becoming well known for his more villainous roles.
His career included many award nominations, including Bafta's for Truly Madly Deeply and Michael Collins. He also won a Golden Globe for best actor in a miniseries or television film for his role in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny.
Alongside Hans Gruber, the actor will be most remembered for his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, a role he would be playing for a decade. An incredibly hard role to play, where he would be hated by audiences right until the end when he became one of the series biggest heroes, he enraptured fans with his performance.
Thousands of fans, and millions of Harry Potter lovers, will be mourning the loss of a true acting legend and beloved character.