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Alan Rickman Passes Away at 69

British actor Alan Rickman has died, aged 69.

The Harry Potter star's death was confirmed by his family on Thursday (January 14). He had been suffering from cancer.

A statement from his relatives reads, "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends."

Rickman was born in Acton, west London and attended the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before launching his career on the stage, working with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

He landed a role on TV in 1982 BBC show The Barchester Chronicles, but he first gained international acclaim with his part in a stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, which transferred from London to Broadway in 1987 and landed Rickman a Tony Award nomination.

A year later (88), the actor made his Hollywood breakthrough by landing the role of villainous Hans Gruber in 1988 blockbuster Die Hard opposite Bruce Willis.
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After graduating from drama school in 1974, Rickman pursued a successful career in theatre, culminating in an award-winning performance as Valmont in the premiere run of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985. Before that, however, he had made his mark on screen, playing the oleaginous Obadiah Slope in The Barchester Chronicles, the celebrated BBC adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s novels which was broadcast in 1982.

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R.I.P. Alan Rickman

2016 has gotten off to a brutal start for great British entertainers. As the world gets over the death of David Bowie a few days ago, it has been set in shock again as acting legend Alan Rickman has died in London.

Rickman had been suffering from cancer and his death was confirmed on Thursday by his family. It's the worst kind of coincidence - Bowie and Rickman were 69 years old and passed after battling cancer, and a week before that British musician Lemmy also passed away from cancer just days after turning 70.

Rickman's distinct features and immediately identifiable diction were admired by generations of actors and made him synonymous with playing antagonists - something he famously wasn't a fan of as he preferred to play the dashing leading man role which he did manage to do in some of his work.

Coming to fame with a key role in The BBC's mini-series "The Barchester Chronicles,
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Geraldine McEwan, Miss Marple star, dies aged 82

Geraldine McEwan has died at the age of 82.

The BAFTA-award winning actress - famed for her starring role as Agatha Christie's detective Miss Marple in the ITV drama Marple - passed away at Charing Cross Hospital in London.

"Following a stroke at the end of October and a period in hospital, Geraldine McEwan passed away peacefully on January 30," read a statement from the late actress's family.

"Her family would like to thank the staff at Charing Cross Hospital who cared for her incredibly well."

McEwan was born in 1932, attending school in her home town of Windsor. She was appointed as an assistant stage manager at the Theatre Royal in the town at the age of just 14, making her stage debut there in October 1946.

Her West End debut followed in 1951, and she spent several seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1950s and 1960s.

McEwan played Miss Marple between 2004 and 2008 on ITV,
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David Giles obituary

TV director whose work ranged from Shakespeare to soap opera

David Giles might be termed a journey- man director of tele- vision drama. He never sought to be the architect of great TV projects such as the BBC's The Forsyte Saga in 1967 or the 13-part The First Churchills two years later, in each case written and masterminded by Donald Wilson, but he saw at least two-thirds of their individual instalments on to the screen. Nor was he associated with one particular author, as the producer Kenith Trodd, for example, was with Dennis Potter, though Giles, who has died aged 83, directed all seven episodes of The Mayor of Casterbridge as dramatised by Potter for the BBC in 1978.

Giles's gift was to make the final outcome of everyone's work – the pictures, the action, the words – all that they had hoped for, whether it was soap opera or Shakespeare. He had spells on two soaps,
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