Alan Rickman ‘saved’ Ruby Wax from ‘violent’ parents after cruel taunts: ‘I was nervous’

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Ruby Wax, 68, has recalled how her late friend Alan Rickman “saved her” from her parents, as she divulged he would stand up for her when they would hurl nasty remarks at her, branding her “stupid”. The comedian had a difficult relationship growing up with both her mother and father, who she described as being “crazy and violent” towards her.

Speaking on the Thanks A Million podcast with Angela Scanlon, Wax said of her parents: “Yeah, they were crazy and violent. I was nervous.”

However, one person who was not afraid of them was her friend and collaborator Rickman, who would regularly fend off their criticism towards their daughter.

The comedian said she is so grateful to the late Harry Potter actor, sharing he is the one person she would like to thank in life.

She continued: “Alan Rickman who saved me from my parents, but don’t make me talk about him, cause I’ll get upset… I would be put away if it wasn’t for him.

“When my parents would come, he’d stand between us literally and keep them talking and say, she’s not a loser, she’s really talented, he defended me for 30 years.”

Wax admitted he was the first person to notice she had talent and took it upon himself to give her acting training.

The star recalled: “He was the first one, I think, that said, ‘You’ve got talent. You don’t have it now but I could teach you’. So he taught me for 30 years.”

Rickman sadly died in 2016 after battling cancer and at the time, Wax paid an emotional tribute to their enduring friendship.

The comedian revealed how the pair first met at the Edinburgh Festival in 1976, and how she was desperate to make the “gorgeous” actor her friend.

“I am broken,” she confessed while addressing the sad news of his death, before revealing that their first meeting didn’t go well.

“He was looking at me with slight disgust – as he did throughout our 38 years together,” she wrote.

Describing the late actor as “magnificent”, Wax admitted that she acted “like a parasite” to seek his friendship.

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The pair went on to live together in Stratford, as they tried to forge their careers as actors after joining the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Ruby and Alan also became “parents” together when they bought a pet tortoise and called it Betty.

“For our amusement, we used to feed her peanut butter to watch her try to chew with no teeth. We’d invite other people over to watch,” she added.

“No matter who he played, in real life, no one was more generous.

“I don’t know how many people he supported emotionally and to all his friends who asked for it, he advised advised advised and was always right.

“A silent investor in people,” she said, before revealing that he’d been incredible with her own children.

“I’m not going to say goodbye because he’s in all his friends and family – right there just under our skin we hear him, see him and love him more than life itself.”

Following the news of Alan’s death Ruby cancelled all her tour dates.

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