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Actor Alan Rickman marries partner of 50 years

Alan Rickman and his wife Labour Councillor Rima Horton. Picture by Yui Mok, PA Wire 
Staff Reporter

ACTOR Alan Rickman has secretly married his partner Rima Horton 50 years after they first met.

The 69-year-old, who played Eamon De Valera in the film Michael Collins, first met his longtime partner when he was 19 and she was a year younger.

The couple have lived together since 1977.

Speaking to German newspaper Bild, the Die Hard star said: "We are married. Just recently. It was great, because no-one was there.

"After the wedding in New York we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and ate lunch."

Rickman also revealed he bought his wife a wedding ring for $200, even though "she never wears it".

Ms Horton, an economist, was a Labour party councillor for the Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council from 1986 to 2006.

Speaking previously about her, Rickman told Hello! magazine: "I think every relationship should be allowed to have its own rules. She's tolerant.

"She's incredibly tolerant. Unbelievably tolerant. Possibly a candidate for sainthood."

Rickman's latest film A Little Chaos, which he directed and stars in, is on general release.

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