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Letter from Sir David Cannadine

What's new: January 2020

This month’s update adds the biographies of 228 individuals who died in 2016 and who helped shape British national life. Read the introduction and summary of new content.

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Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman’s prolific career on stage and screen ranged from Shakespeare to Chekhov, and from Die Hard to the Harry Potter series.




JANUARY 9, 2020

2020 Update of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

 Meet the 226 men and women who died in the year 2016.

JANUARY 9, 2020

What's new: January 2020

In the latest update, described in the introduction by Sir David Cannadine, we include the biographies of 228 people who died in 2016, and who left their mark on British national life.

DECEMBER 12, 2019

What's new: December 2019

This month, thirteen lives ranging from the thirteenth to the early twenty-first centuries, with a review of the past year’s updates by the dictionary’s General Editor, Sir David Cannadine, have been added to the ODNB.