Did Alan Rickman Have A Wife? He Married Almost 50 Years After Meeting His Girlfriend

'Harry Potter' star who portrayed Severus Snape in the franchise Alan Rickman married 47 years later after meeting his first girlfriend and the love of his life Rima Horton 

By Ingrid Mateos

- January 02 , 2022 - 11:21 hs
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Alan Rickman died back in 2016 but until this day, he is still one of the most beloved actors. Probably you remember him in films like 'Die Hard' where he played Hans Gruber, or in 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' where he played the malevolous Sheriff of Nottingham. However, we all shall concur that one of the roles that made him noticeable for younger generations was his role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter franchise.

While his career is completely in the public eye for the fans to enjoy and remember him, what most people wonder is about his private life, and a question that most of the fans ask at least once in their is is 'Did Alan Rickman have a wife?' The answer is yes, he had a wife, but his love story goes beyond that simple statement.

Alan Rickman married Rima Horton in 2012, 47 years later after meeting each other. No pictures or fanfare was made and the event was revealed very casually by him in an interview with the German newspaper Bild back in 2015 “We are married. Just recently. It was great because no one was there. After the wedding in New York, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and ate lunch." Alan Rickman said back in the day.

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The only detail we knew about the ceremony was that Alan Rickman bought Rima Horton a $200 wedding band but jokingly admitted that 'she never wears it'.

Their love story began when he was 19 and she was 18 years old and both were students at Chelsea School of Art. If you think the story sounds incredible, just wait until you learn that she was Alan Rickman's first girlfriend.

After knowing each other, they decided to move in together in 1977 and since then, they were together until he died in 2016. While he went and studied graphic design, later becoming an actor, Rima Horton became an economist and a Labour party councilor for the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea from 1986 until 2006.

While they did not speak much about their relationship, the rare occasions Alan Rickman mentioned Rima Horton let the fans see a glimpse of their never-ending love.  "I think every relationship should be allowed to have its own rules. She's tolerant. She's incredibly tolerant. Possibly a candidate for sainthood." he revealed to Hello!

Nevertheless, he always stayed truthful and honest about the complexities of being in a relationship. A perfect example was in 1992  when he revealed to Elle that despite everything, he respected Rima in every sense.

"We're just as messy and complex as any other couple, and we go through just as many changes. But I really respect her. Rima and I can sit in a room just reading, and not saying anything to each other for an hour, then she'll read something to me and we'll both start giggling."


You must be wondering if, after all those years together, they had children. Despite being together for 47 years Alan Rickman and Rima Horton did not have children, and that was because he respected her wishes.

"You should remember I am not the only one involved," he told the Guardian's Susie Mackenzie in 1998. "There is another person here. I would have loved a family. Sometimes I think that in an ideal world, three children, aged 12, 10, and eight, would be dropped on us and we would be great parents for that family."

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Ingrid Mateos

I am an Entertainment news writer at Show News Today. I love all about movies, royalty, and pop culture but also enjoy writing about the latest celebrity gossip. I have a B.A in E.L.T and a diploma in Tourism Studies. When not working with words, you can probabaly find me watching BBC'S Sherlock for the umpteempth time or an old movie.

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