Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman in Love Actually, 2003.
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January 14, 2016 11:38 AM EST

Alan Rickman played several of his most memorable roles alongside Emma Thompson: They played a married couple on the rocks in Love, Actually; served on the faculty of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series; and charmingly became in-laws in the Thompson-written film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. On the news of the actor’s death at 69 on Thursday, Thompson shared her feelings for her colleague and friend:

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