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Alan Rickman returns to Edinburgh

Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman first appeared in Edinburgh more than 30 years ago

Film star Alan Rickman is in Edinburgh to support Scotland's Year of Homecoming.

Rickman, who has starred in blockbuster movies such as the Harry Potter series, first appeared at the Edinburgh Festival more than 30 years ago.

He said: "I've had so many extraordinary experiences at the festivals.

"I always feel that when I come to Edinburgh in many ways I am coming home."

The 63-year-old star of films such as Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Love Actually first appeared at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1976 with a double bill of The Devil Is An Ass and Measure For Measure.

Over the years he has returned with productions of Brothers Karamazov and Tango At The End Of Winter.

In 1986 he directed Ruby Wax in her show Live Wax.

While he is in the city, Rickman is seeing festival shows including Simon Amstell at the Bongo Club, Muriel Spark's The Girls of Slender Means at Assembly, and performances of Faust and Gelabert Azzopardi at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Homecoming 2009 is a programme of events marking Robert Burns 250th birthday and celebrating Scotland's contributions to the world, such as the Edinburgh festivals.

The aim is to engage Scots at home and abroad, as well as those who love Scotland, to take part in a celebration of culture and heritage.

Other celebrities who have recently shown their support for the festivals include Alan Cumming, Brian Cox and Ian Hislop.

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