Sunday 25 September 2016

Read Alan Rickman's advice to his 16-year-old self

'Make your own unique messes, and then work your own way out of them'

Published 15/01/2016 | 14:43

British actor Alan Rickman poses for photographers on the red carpet for the UK premiere of the film
British actor Alan Rickman poses for photographers on the red carpet for the UK premiere of the film "A Little Chaos" in central London on April 13, 2015
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Actors Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver attend the Opening Night of the 56th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) on February 9, 2006 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Actresses Cybill Shepherd (L) and Christine Baranski (C) present an Emmy to Alan Rickman (R) for outstanding lead actor in a mini-series or special for his lead role in the HBO production of "Rasputin" during the 48th Annual Emmy Awards 2008
TORONActress Kate Winslet (L) and actor/Director Alan Rickman attend the "A Little Chaos" premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 13, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Leonard Adam/Getty Images)
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Queen Elizabeth II meets guests, including Alan Rickman, during the Dramatic Arts reception at Buckingham Palace on February 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Alan Rickman poses at a photocall during the Febiofest Prague International Film Festival on March 19, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
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Actors Alan Rickman (R) and Rima Horton attend the Australian premiere of 'A Little Chaos' presented by the Sydney Film Festival and Spectrum Now at The Cremorne Orpheum on March 12, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
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Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman during a photocall rehearsal for "Anthony and Cleopatra" at the Olivier Theatre on London's South Bank.
Alan Rickman and Lindsey Duncan arriving at the Cafe Royal in London, Thurdsay October 14, 1999 for the BIFA (British Independent Film Awards). PA photo: Peter J Jordan
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Alan Rickman attends the BAFTA-hosted A Life in Pictures with Alan Rickman event at BAFTA, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Alan Rickman, Tom Felton, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Matthew Lewis attend the New York premiere of "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2" at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on July 11, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Actresses Cybill Shepherd (L) and Christine Baranski (C) present an Emmy to Alan Rickman (R) for outstanding lead actor in a mini-series or special for his lead role in the HBO production of "Rasputin" during the 48th Annual Emmy Awards 08 September in Pasadena, California. AFP Photo: Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images
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Alan Rickman would have told his 16-year-old self to “make your own unique messes”.

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In the touching letter, the actor, who died on Thursday, said: “Dear Me, if in future years, anyone asks you to give advice to your sixteen year old self… don’t.”

“Make your own unique messes, and then work your own way out of them.”

The letter, which finishes with the words “see you”, has been signed by the actor.

It featured in the book Dear Me, a collection of letters from celebrities - including JK Rowling, James Franco and Stephen King - offering advice to their teenage selves. The second edition was published in 2009.

Joseph Galliano, the book's editor, said it offered an "intimate glimpse" to a "group of people who loom so large in our culture".

"It's a treasure trove of emotion, wisdom, insight, tears, silliness and advice," Mr Galliano wrote on the book's website.

Rickman died of cancer at the age of 69. Well known for his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series, he also starred in Truly Madly Deeply, Love Actually and as Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

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