Daniel Radcliffe spent most of his formative years acting with Alan Rickman – the British actor who played Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film franchise.
Already an established and celebrated actor by the time he joined the films, Rickman was a feared character by Radcliffe, who said he was always “kind of scare of him” during production.
However, when he spoke with Metro UK this week, Daniel revealed he cherishes the moment in adulthood when he overcame his childhood fear of the star.
“My favourite night I ever spent with Alan was a night after Equus in London [a play Radcliffe was starring in.]
“I went out with Alan and Rima, Richard Griffith and Heather, which is now a very bizarre thing because both men have passed away,” Daniel mused.
“I’d always been quite intimidated by Alan, who I loved and who was always very generous with me, but I was still kind of scared of him.
“Suddenly I was out to dinner with him and I was watching him be funny, self-depreciating and vulnerable. It was lovely.”
Alan Rickman died from pancreatic cancer in January, aged 69. For a decade Radcliffe and Rickman filmed Harry Potter together, with the pair’s on and off screen relationship flourishing during.
When Rickman passed away, Daniel wrote this heart-breaking tribute to him:
“People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner (or downright scary) characters he played, Alan
was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.
“As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.”