British actor Alan Rickman has died at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. He is survived by his partner of 50 years, Rima Horton, whom he married recently.

His many film roles include: villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988); a deceased lover who consoles his bereaved partner in Truly Madly Deeply (1990); the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in (1991); and the wayward husband of Emma Thompson in romantic comedy Love Actually (2003). Younger fans know him from the Harry Potter films, in which he played the Dark Arts teacher Severus Snape.

In this gallery, IBTimes UK looks back at the life and career of the great British actor.