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Alan Rickman to Receive Queen's Honour: Report proves false

Posted by: sue
December 29, 2008, 03:46 PM

UPDATE: Several readers let us know the full list has now been published and unfortunately the name of Alan Rickman is not included. We do not know if he declined the honor, or the Daily Mail article was simply incorrect, and we will update with more if we can.

Actor Alan Rickman is apparently on a list for those due to receive a special honour from the UK Monarchy. The Daily Mail is reporting that the Severus Snape actor is among those due to be listed in the annual Queen's New Years Honours, with the paper noting:

Alan Rickman is one of the few from the entertainment industry tipped to get an award.

The 62-year-old actor, who plays Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, has been one of Britain's most respected stage and screen actors for the last two decades.

As noted on their official website the "UK honours system is used to reward people for merit, service or bravery. Honours are normally awarded twice a year. A list is published on The Queen's Birthday in June and at the New Year. The British honours system is one of the oldest in the world. It has evolved over 650 years as the country has found alternative means of recognising merit, gallantry and service."

Readers will recall of course that Harry Potter cast members Julie Walters and Richard Griffiths were honored last year at this time. If true Mr. Rickman joins those such as Dame Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Imelda Staunton, Emma Thompson, Robert Hardy and Sir Michael Gambon among others who have also been recognized by the UK Monarchy with these distinguished honours. The official announcement on these awards is due by the 31st, and we will update with more when we can!

Thanks Jill!

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Weird One

Too right he deserves recognition for his work. I hope it comes about as he is a gem of a talent.

Posted by Weird One on December 29, 2008, 03:50 PM report to moderator

Wow, what an amazing honor! He totally deserves it! Congrats, Mr. Rickman, on even being considered, and I hope you get it!

Posted by LemonFaerie on December 29, 2008, 03:53 PM report to moderator

Congrats!!! he does deserve this honor!!!! :D

Posted by Phillip on December 29, 2008, 03:58 PM report to moderator

wow, alan, hope you get it! and i didn’t know you were a vocal coach!

Posted by givemesomeTLC on December 29, 2008, 03:58 PM report to moderator

congrats.i love alan rickman.he is amazing actor.

Posted by regina on December 29, 2008, 04:16 PM report to moderator
nimbus xl

I do hope he gets it. I also hope we get Dame JK Rowling real soon as well.

Posted by nimbus xl on December 29, 2008, 04:43 PM report to moderator

Go, Alan! :)

Posted by Iolanthe on December 29, 2008, 04:46 PM report to moderator

Love the guy :) He’s already 62??!

Posted by emmy on December 29, 2008, 05:09 PM report to moderator
Confederate Lady

What an excellent choice! Mr Rickman has done SO MUCH! I just finished watching ‘Sweeney Todd’, and last night, it was ‘Sense and Sensibility’! And, of course, our dear ‘Professor Snape’….Alan Rickman has such a range….He is definately a candidate, in my book anyway, for this British Honour! I would hope to see ’Sir Alan Rickman, in the near future, perhaps?

Posted by Confederate Lady on December 29, 2008, 05:24 PM report to moderator
Diana Fisher

Spellbinding actor!!! Has the ability to assume a role, make you believe implicitly in it, and rivet your attention absolutely. Look around you, this is rare even among the professionals!

Posted by Diana Fisher on December 29, 2008, 05:42 PM report to moderator
Professor Potter

Question is what level of honour will he receive? Starts with MBE, OBE, CBE then Knighthood. I’m surprised he hasn’t received at least an MBE yet but then again his popularity did take off quite late in his career with Die Hard being his first ever movie. Whatever he receives, he deserves it. There is no one else who can express contempt so musically as he does!

Posted by Professor Potter on December 29, 2008, 06:01 PM report to moderator

AR definitely deserves the recognition for his wonderful talent and diligent, hard work. I wonder how he’d really feel if he became known as ‘Sir Alan Rickman’, though. I’m sure he would be gracious about it at the very least, and appreciative of the intent, but in the past, he has refused to bow to the queen—he doesn’t believe in the system.

Posted by Sharon on December 29, 2008, 06:04 PM report to moderator
Professor Potter

Evening C.Lady! I doubt it would be a knighthood. It would be exceptional if someone receives a knighthood before receiving any lower order medal first but it has happened. Sir Bob Geldof springs to mind. But hey any Queen’s honour is…well, an honour!

Posted by Professor Potter on December 29, 2008, 06:07 PM report to moderator

As a long time AR fan, I can say for certain that he deserves this; not only for his wide range of acting ability, but for his charitable contributions and activism, and his tireless campaigns for various labour rights. I wish him and his companion Reta all the best and hope that this honor is going to come through.

Posted by TarsieS on December 29, 2008, 06:27 PM report to moderator
L Smith

Pity he did’nt decline it. Its an oudated relic of Britain’s Imperial past. After all, another great actor like Paul Schofield thrice declined a knighthood -all power to him.

Posted by L Smith on December 29, 2008, 06:30 PM report to moderator
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