Another legend this week in my ‘Top ? Performances.’ Alan Rickman was the ultimate bad guy, theatre trained and comedic actor, who also wrote and directed.

I know you’ll all be excited to see the 14 films I have selected, and as usual, I have slightly cheated. You will see what I mean shortly. Also, those wondering where his Love Actually performance has ranked, will be disappointed. Although his performance is good, the film is terrible and will not be in any positive list of mine.

14. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007)

I love this film and think his performance and singing are great.

13. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005)

Plays a depressed android called Marvin to a tee. You know it’s Alan from his first line.

12. Dogma (1999)

An angel with no genitalia.

11 – 4. Harry Potter (2001-2011)

He played Severus Snape in eight films over eleven years. Sinister, yet one of the biggest heroes of the series. Brilliant.

3. Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves (1991)

The over the top performance is spot on.

2. Galaxy Quest (1999)

By Grabthar’s hammer, you shall be avenged. Oscar worthy in my opinion.

1. Die Hard (1988)

I don’t think I need to say anything about this performance. He has some of the best lines and people have tried and failed to emulate this brilliant performance for over thirty years. You can’t have a discussion about film villains without the name Hans Gruber coming up. ‘I going to count to three, there will not be a four.’