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Alan Rickman’s Tortoise-Eating-Strawberry Video Goes Viral

Alan Rickman's unmistakable voice is continuing to make fans smile after his death—thanks to a uni students' video of a tortoise eating a strawberry.

By Clare BruceTuesday 19 Jan 2016Hope BreakfastCultureReading Time: 2 minutes

Above: Alan Rickman at the 2007 ‘Sweeney Todd’ premiere in New York. (Photo: Stephen Lovekin)

Alan Rickman’s unmistakable voice is continuing to make fans smile, even after he has departed the earth.

The  British actor, known for roles in the Harry Potter series, Die Hard, Alice In Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, Love Actually and Michael Collins, was only 68 when he died from cancer last week.

One of his last projects was to voice a video made by Oxford University students to help raise funds for Save the Children and the Refugee Council.

The heart-warming little video, posted on YouTube on December 13, stars a tortoise eating a strawberry, with Rickman’s voiceover explaining that the video will help refugees.

“We’re slowly gathering views as this tortoise munches away,” says Rickman. “The more views the video gets, the more advertising revenue YouTube will give us.”

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Tortoise Voiceover Recorded At Alan Rickman’s House

The video was made by OneClickGiving, founded by students at Oxford University who used their connections to rope Rickman in for the project, according to the ABC.

20-year-old founder Oliver Phillips, a politics and history student, told HuffPost UK that Rickman “loved the project” and opened his home in London for the students to come and do the recording.

“He was lovely. He could not have been more kind and generous”

“He was lovely,” Oliver said. “We tried a few different scripts with him, but all in all recording took less than 20 minutes. He could not have been more kind and generous, letting us in, welcoming us, asking us how university was going, he was really great throughout.”

The YouTube video had reached 1 million views by Sunday after renewed interest sparked by the actor’s passing.

At the time of writing, it’s been viewed over 2.7 million times.

The advertising revenue the video accrues will be split equally between the Refugee Council and Save the Children charities.