Kate Winslet: Alan Rickman Was a Warm-Hearted Puppy Dog

The late actor Alan Rickman (C) with his co-stars Kate Winslet (R) and Helen McCrory at the UK premiere of "A Little Chaos" on April 13, 2015 in London. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

British actor Kate Winslet played tribute to the late, great Alan Rickman after the news of his death from cancer broke on Monday. Winslet starred alongside Rickman in her breakthrough performance in Ang Lee's adapatation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility in 1995. The two stars were reunited last year, two decades on, for the French period drama A Little Chaos which Rickman co-wrote, directed and starred in. Winslet's moving tribute is below.

"We are all so devastated to lose Alan. He was loved enormously by so many. He was an exceptionally warm and giving man and an utterly phenomenal actor and gifted director. I remember being so intimidated by him when we worked together when I was 19, because he had such a powerful and commanding presence. And that voice! Oh, that voice..... But the reality of course, was that he was the kindest and best of men. He had the patience of a saint. He was a warm-hearted puppy dog, who would do anything for anyone if it made them happy. He was a loving and devoted partner to Rima, and like so many of us in our vast industry, my life was enriched by knowing him. My heart goes out to his family and those he loved."