Who is Rima Horton?

Rima Elizabeth Horton was born in Bayswater, London, England, on 31 January 1947 – her zodiac sign is Aquarius, and she holds British nationality. She joined the Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council as a Labour Party councilor in 1986, while she’s today perhaps known best for having been the wife of the late British actor and director Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman.

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Early life and education

Rima was raised in London alongside her three siblings, by their father Wilfred Stewart Horton who passed away in 2003, aged 98, and their mother Elice Irene (nee Frame) who died in 1984, aged 78.

She studied at the elementary school St. Vincent, and was interested in a couple of activities during her eight years there, including playing soccer, and the piano.

Rima enrolled at City of London School for Girls in 1961, and in the following year joined its drama club and began appearing in school plays. She was also a member of the amateur Brook Drama Club, and with them travelled to Paris, France when she was 15. Aged 18, Rima performed at the Southall Music & Drama Festival, winning a Most Promising Youngster Award.

Upon matriculating in 1965, she began attending the University of Southampton, at which she continued acting in plays; Rima graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1969.

Rima’s career

She turned to politics upon graduation, but hasn’t spoken of any work which she had perhaps done prior to her election as a Labour Party councilor in 1986; Rima held the position until May 2006, when she was let go ‘because of the national shift’.

She has run for Parliament twice, losing both times to a Conservative candidate.

Rima joined the children’s charity organization The Making Place in 2002, sitting on their board of directors, and she quit in 2005.

She taught senior economics at Kingston University for a couple of years, prior to retiring in 2012, since when she’s since been staying away from the media’s attention, and is said to be leading a quiet life at her home in London.

Love life and marriage with Alan Rickman

Rima and Alan met in 1965, when they were both members of an amateur theatre group. They went on their first date around a week later, but after Alan became a famous actor and Rima a respected politician, they chose to hide their relationship from media.

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They eventually exchanged vows in a private ceremony in 2012, attended by only a couple of their closest friends and family members; at that moment, they had been living together for 35 years, and had been in a relationship for 47; even then, Rima and Alan only revealed in 2015 that they had exchanged vows.

The marriage ended on 14 January 2016, when Alan died from complications caused by pancreatic cancer; they didn’t have children together.

Rima hasn’t spoken of any other people whom she has perhaps been with, and as of May 2022, she’s widowed and seems to be single, was married to Alan Rickman, and doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and other interests

Rima’s a philanthropist, and has donated money to various organizations which aim to improve the quality of life for underprivileged children; she’s also a huge lover of animals, today supports the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to which she’s donated money, as well as volunteered at a couple of animal shelters.

Rima’s passionate about travelling, and has been all around the world, visiting every continent at least once, with the exception of the Antarctic; her dream travel destination is Paris, France.

She’s into reading books – her favorite author is William Paul Young, while two of her favorites are “The Shack” and “Cross Roads”.

Rima likes to watch comedy films in her spare time – her favorite actor is the late Leslie Nielsen, while a couple of her favorite movies include “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!”, “Airplane!”, and “Wrongfully Accused”.

Age, height and net worth

Rima’s age is 75. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 4ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 155lbs (70kgs).

As of May 2022, Rima’s net worth stands at over $1 million, while her former husband Alan’s net worth, was estimated at more than $16 million at the time of his death.

Who was her former husband Alan?

Alan was born in London on 21 February 1946 – his zodiac sign was Pisces, and he held British nationality. He had appeared in more than 70 movies and TV series, while he’s perhaps still remembered best for his portrayal of Professor Severus Snape in the critically acclaimed 2001 adventure family fantasy movie “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”.

It was directed by Chris Columbus, starred Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, and follows an orphaned boy who has just discovered that he’s a wizard, and has been enrolled at a school of wizardry; the movie won 17 of the 89 awards for which it was nominated, including three Oscar nominations. Alan reprised his role in all of the seven following movies in the “Harry Potter” franchise.

He was raised in London alongside his sister Sheila and brothers Michael and David, by their father Bernard William Rickman who was a factory worker and aircraft fitter during World War II, and their mother Margaret Doreen Rose (nee Bartlett) who was a housewife. Bernard died from cancer when Alan was eight, and Margaret then began working multiple jobs, struggling to raise her four children; she married a British man in 1960, but divorced him three years later.

Alan grew up being interested in watercolor painting and calligraphy, and studied at West Acton First School, prior to transferring to Derwentwater Primary School. He matriculated in 1964, and then enrolled at Chelsea College of Art and Design, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1968; Alan continued his education at the Royal College of Art, from which he graduated with a Master’s degree in 1970.

He and a couple of his friends founded the graphic design studio Graphiti in 1970; even though they were highly successful, Alan quit a couple of years later, wanting to work his way up in the film industry. He trained in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1972 to 1974.

Alan started off by appearing in theatre plays, and made his debut TV series appearance in the 1978 episode “Romeo & Juliet” of the drama “The BBC Television Shakespeare”. His debut film role was in the 1983 drama “Busted”, and he gained recognition in 1988 when cast to play Hans Gruber, one of the main characters in the action thriller movie “Die Hard”. It was directed by John McTiernan, also starred Bruce Willis and Bonnie Bedelia, and follows a New York Police Department officer who’s trying to rescue his wife from German terrorists who have taken a group of people hostage at the Los Angeles’ Nakatomi Plaza during a Christmas party; the movie won four of the 18 awards for which it was nominated, including four Oscar nominations.

A couple of Alan’s most notable performances in the ‘90s were in the 1990 fantasy comedy movie “Truly Madly Deeply”, as the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1991 film “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves”, which won him a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role,  the 1996 historical biographical film “Rasputin”, and the 1999 adventure comedy “Dogma”.

He played Harry in the popular 2003 romantic comedy movie “Love Actually”, and voiced Marvin in the 2005 adventure science fiction comedy film “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”.

Alan’s final three roles were in the 2015 music video “Texas: Start a Family”, the 2015 action thriller movie “Eye in the Sky” and the 2016 family adventure fantasy film “Alice Through the Looking Glass”.

Alan had won 19 awards, including a 1996 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special, for his performance in “Rasputin”, while he was nominated for 37 other awards.

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