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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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I forgot that comments between hyphens appear striked out, should have used these [ ].
Oh well…

Posted by DL_Hector on December 30, 2008, 09:36 AM report to moderator
Lillie Lovegood

Aw! GO ALAN RICKMAN! He is a patron of my theatre group Scottish Youth Theatre. He is really nice and I have met him and he really deserves it! xxxx

Posted by Lillie Lovegood on December 30, 2008, 10:14 AM report to moderator

Yeah, Im American too, so I dont understand your parliment system in the UK. YOU guys have a bad PM, what a coincidence we right now till Janurary have had the worst President in history. George W. Bush. since 2000 he has led our country into the seventh circle of hell. Probably further. Oops, sorry got to stop, he just makes me really mad. I liked what someone called Helena " Tim Burtons Muse" Shes so pretty and funny. I love her as Bellatrix. Even if Alan doesnt believe in your system he should except this honor its something he really deserves.

Posted by BellaSnape on December 30, 2008, 10:45 AM report to moderator

he deserves it with all the movies hes done- harry potter-die hard, great

Posted by fredgeorgefan101 on December 30, 2008, 11:09 AM report to moderator

since he has a big role in the last 2 movies!

Posted by fredgeorgefan101 on December 30, 2008, 11:10 AM report to moderator

Congratulations Mr Rickman!! I hope you get it!

Posted by HPfan on December 30, 2008, 11:30 AM report to moderator

of course!!wow

Posted by fredgeorgefan101 on December 30, 2008, 01:21 PM report to moderator

glad to know I am not the only one thinks AR is hot, had mad crush on him since robinhood prince of thieves, his voice, his mannerism and as snape he is out of control….

Posted by SEA on December 30, 2008, 01:31 PM report to moderator

I, too, am quite excited about the honor and think it well-deserved!

To those who think AR’s outspoken nature makes him honor-bound to decline the award, please remember that the MBE is a commendation, not an indoctrination. It won’t change who he is, but acknowledge his contributions to country.

And he certainly deserves that.

Posted by Jill on December 30, 2008, 02:05 PM report to moderator

Bandersnatch, here in the UK it’s a funny system… to ‘receive’ it means it has to have been offered and accepted already. Recipients are approached beforehand, therefore if he is on the list it means he has already agreed.

Jill, yes, exactly right and he definitely deserves recognition (he has done tons of work for RADA, among other things), but in spite of that, it is something he has always refused in the past, so I am curious as to what has changed his mind. Perhaps he’s mellowing with age? Or perhaps it’s because Rima’s retired and out of politics now? Who knows….

Posted by Helen on December 30, 2008, 03:36 PM report to moderator

If anyone deserves an honor of any kind, it is Alan Rickman. He is one of the greatest actors of our time. Should have won a Tony and Oscar by now. Also, a great humanitarian. I know he is rather humble when it comes to accolades, but he is most deserving!!

Posted by Linda on December 30, 2008, 05:54 PM report to moderator

The list is up, eg. see and the link to the PDF full list
I don’t see Alan Rickman’s name on it, though Terry Pratchett got one.

Posted by roonwit on December 30, 2008, 07:20 PM report to moderator
Mrs Dobby

I was just looking at the list too Roonwit. I don’t see Alan Rickman’s name on it either.

Posted by Mrs Dobby on December 30, 2008, 10:11 PM report to moderator

all we need is Gary Oldman, Jason Issacs, and Julie Walters (mama weasley, i might have spelled her name wrong…) to get it next year and all the potter adults are in… it pays to work on potter i guess… :)

Posted by Nyssa on December 30, 2008, 10:21 PM report to moderator
karen (the one without the avatar!)

And that is a case in point as to why you should never believe what you read in the newspapers! Anything mentioned before publication of the official Honours List is pure speculation, as it is always a closely guarded secret until the List is officially published and indeed recipients are warned that if they leak it beforehand then they could be wiped from the List.

Posted by karen (the one without the avatar!) on December 31, 2008, 02:32 AM report to moderator
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