Alan Rickman
Avid fans and moviegoers will get the chance to watch Alan Rickman's final appearance on the big screen later this year in two yet to be released films the Harry Potter and Robin Hood star made before his death.

The 69-year-old passed away in hospital on 14 January, surrounded by relatives and friends, following a secret battle with cancer. His death comes just months ahead of the release of a new film called "Eye In The Sky" in which he stars alongside Dame Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul.

Rickman revealed last year that he had secretly married his long-term partner Rima Horton, whom he had been in a relationship with since 1977, in a New York ceremony in 2012.

His family said in a statement today: 'The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.'

Rickman's brother David, 71, added: 'He passed away this morning. He was in a hospital at the time.'

The actor, who was born into a working-class family in London, began his career on the stage before graduating to Hollywood films.

He became one of the best-known villains in showbiz - appearing as Hans Gruber in "Die Hard," the Sheriff of Nottingham in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and Professor Snape in the "Harry Potter" films.

The actor's other well-known films include "Truly, Madly, Deeply," "Sense and Sensibility" and "Love Actually," in which he played the husband of his frequent collaborator Emma Thompson.