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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 hope the rumours are true, Mr Rickman is a brilliant actor with such a huge range in both film and theatre

Posted by Debbie on December 31, 2008, 03:28 AM report to moderator

How disappointing, I’ve just read the published list and he’s not there. boo hiss!

Posted by Debbie on December 31, 2008, 03:34 AM report to moderator

Kudos for him for sticking to his principles. I agree he’s deserving of recognition, but knowing how much he’s always hated the system, I am glad he hasn’t sold out after all. :-))

Posted by Helen on December 31, 2008, 04:54 AM report to moderator

The list is now published. Her is a link to it, published in the Times.

I found only two Hp related entries.
Julie Walters recieved a CBE
and Richard Griffiths an OBE both for servises to acting.

Unless I missed it Alan Rickman is not on the list.

Posted by tgfoy on December 31, 2008, 08:55 AM report to moderator

Oh drat the times has re published last years list online again. Sorry everyone.

Posted by tgfoy on December 31, 2008, 09:10 AM report to moderator

No, he is definitely not on the list. I get the feeling he would refuse to accept one politely and behind the scenes, sticking firmly to his socialist principles.

The full list is available on the BBC website, and the link to the full list is:

Posted by SD on December 31, 2008, 11:21 AM report to moderator

he will get nothing, im afraid :-((((
see here:

They who decide about the honours should be ashamed.

Posted by asperia on December 31, 2008, 11:56 AM report to moderator
L Smith

Someone asked earlier about the rankings of the honours systems. Its a bit complicated but basically -in Order of Importance -

OM – Limited to just 24 people REALLY appointed personally by The Queen;


Knight of The Garter – Again – appointed REALLy by the Queen – there are only 40 of those;

Normal knighthood;

CBE = Commanber of the British Empire;

OBE – Order of the"""""""

MBE- Member of"""""""""""

Then their are individual titles – Duke, Viscount, Earl, Lord etc…………

Posted by L Smith on December 31, 2008, 12:13 PM report to moderator

I’m not surprised at all that he’s not listed. Either he was never nominated, and that’s not really the correct term because it’s not a contest where one competes. That being said he’s been quite outspoken against the current elected gov’t as well as an “anti-monarchist”. He has received personal awards for his acting and directing, just not for his portrayal as our favorite Potions Master. Happy New Year to all.

Posted by Patti on January 01, 2009, 01:04 PM report to moderator

Why on earth didnt they include rickman on the list?? he deserves this honour or whatever it is. i love is voice ;)

Posted by Marie2 on January 20, 2009, 04:07 PM report to moderator
204 Points

he deserves it.

Posted by Danilicous2010 on June 29, 2009, 02:58 PM report to moderator
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