Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren says she is still "in a state of shock" about Alan Rickman's death. The 70 year old actress has hailed her "Eye in the Sky" co-star, who lost his battle with cancer, aged 69, in January, and thinks he has gone "far too early" as there is so much other great work he could have done.
"Oh my lovely Alan. Isn't he wonderful in this movie? He's so good. And it's classic Alan because it's so full of intelligence and character and yet so minimal. He was an absolute genius. He would have had many, many great roles to come.''
"Quite apart from the fact that he was a wonderful guy, a really extraordinary, committed and thoroughly decent person. I'm still in a state of shock. I looked at a picture of him just yesterday and thought, 'I can't believe that I'm not going to see him again.''