We lost a magnetic giant in the acting world today. How sad that he followed another Brit icon's (David Bowie, of course) death so soon. People may know him more widely as the darkly mysterious Professor Snape, but my favourite Alan Rickman's performance is in Sense and Sensibility. The Atlantic has a good article on a certain sentimental but complicated sensibility he's brought to his romantic leading roles.
Rest in peace. :(