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Mr. Colin Firth



Early life

Firth was born in Grayshott, Hampshire, England to Shirley, a comparative religion lecturer, and David Firth, a history lecturer.[1] Firth has a sister, Kate, and a younger brother, Jonathan, who is now also an actor. Firth's parents were born and raised in India,[2] as his maternal grandparents, Congregationalist ministers, and his paternal grandfather, an Anglican minister, performed missionary work abroad.[3][4][5][6] Firth spent part of his childhood in Nigeria, where his father was teaching. He lived in St. Louis, Missouri when he was 11. He later attended the Montgomery of Alamein Secondary School, a state comprehensive school in Winchester, Hampshire, and then Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

Film career

Firth starred in the award-winning 1981 London stage production of Another Country. He reprised this role for his first film appearance in 1984. In 1987, he appeared alongside Kenneth Branagh in the film version of J. L. Carr's novel, A Month in the Country. In 1989, he took the lead in the film Valmont.

Despite widespread admiration for his performances,[citation needed] it was only with the 1995 BBC television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that Firth gained wider renown. The serial was a big success and Firth became known as a heart-throb because of his role as Fitzwilliam Darcy. This performance also made him the object of affection for fictional journalist Bridget Jones (created by Helen Fielding), an interest which carried on into the two novels featuring the Jones character. In the second novel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, the character even meets Firth in Rome. As something of an in-joke, when the novels were adapted for the cinema, Firth was cast as Jones's love interest, Mark Darcy.

Firth as the Earl of Wessex, Shakespeare in Love, 1998Firth had a supporting role in The English Patient (1996) and since then has starred in films such as Fever Pitch (1997), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), Love Actually (2003), What a Girl Wants (2003) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004). He has also appeared in recent television productions, including Donovan Quick (an updated version of Don Quixote) (1999) and Conspiracy (2001).

Firth is also a Jury Member for the on going Filmaka amateur short film contest.

Personal life

In 1989, Firth entered into a romantic relationship with actress Meg Tilly, his co-star in Valmont. In 1990, she gave birth to a son, Will Firth. In 1994, Firth was involved with actress Jennifer Ehle, his co-star in Pride and Prejudice. Firth lives both in London and Italy. He married Italian documentary filmmaker Livia Giuggioli on 21 June 1997. The couple have two sons, Luca (born 2001) and Matteo (born 2003).

Recently, Firth has been involved in a campaign to stop the deportation of a group of asylum seekers, because he believes that they may be murdered on their return to the Democratic Republic of Congo.[7] Firth has argued that "To me it's just basic civilisation to help people. I find this incredibly painful to see how we dismiss the most desperate people in our society. It's easily done. It plays to the tabloids, to the middle-England xenophobes. It just makes me furious. And all from a government we once had such high hopes for".[8] As a result of the campaign, a Congolese nurse was given a last-minute reprieve from deportation.[9]

In a 2006 interview with French magazine, Madame Figaro,[10] Firth was asked "Quelles sont les femmes de votre vie?" (Who are the women in your life?). Firth replied: "Ma mère, ma femme et Jane Austen" (My mother, my wife and Jane Austen).


1984 Another Country Tommy Judd

1986 Lost Empires (TV mini-series) Richard Herncastle with Sir Laurence Olivier

1987 A Month in the Country Tom Birkin

1988 Tumbledown Robert Lawrence Made for TV Movie

Apartment Zero Adrian LeDuc

1989 Valmont Valmont

1990 Wings of Fame Brian Smith

1993 The Hour of the Pig Richard Courtois aka The Advocate

1995 Pride and Prejudice Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy television mini-series

Circle of Friends Simon Westward

1996 The English Patient Geoffrey Clifton

1997 Fever Pitch Paul Ashworth

A Thousand Acres Jess Clarke

1998 Shakespeare in Love Lord Wessex

1999 Blackadder: Back & Forth William Shakespeare short

My Life So Far Edward Pettigrew

The Secret Laughter of Women Matthew Field

2000 Relative Values Peter Ingleton

2001 Bridget Jones's Diary Mark Darcy

Conspiracy Wilhelm Stuckart Television - HBO

2002 The Importance of Being Earnest Jack Worthing

2003 Girl with a Pearl Earring Johannes Vermeer

Hope Springs Colin Ware

Love Actually Jamie Bennett

What a Girl Wants Henry Dashwood

2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Mark Darcy

Trauma Ben

2005 Nanny McPhee Cedric Brown

Where The Truth Lies Vince Collins

2006 Born Equal Mark Armitage Television movie

2007 And When Did You Last See Your Father? Blake Morrison

Celebration Russell Play for television

St. Trinian's Geoffrey Thwaites

The Last Legion Aurelius

Then She Found Me Frank

2008 Genova Joe

Mamma Mia! Harry Bright

The Accidental Husband Richard


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Colin Firth Grossly Misunderstands What Kind Of Spirit Is Being Honoured

Congratulations to Colin Firth, who has a new Most Mortifying Moment. The 47-year-old Brit was presenting the award for Best Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday when he read the name of Adrienne Shelly, the woman who wrote, directed and co-starred in the Keri Russell movie Waitress. "Is she here?" Colin asked. Not so much--Adrienne was murdered before the film was released. Hopefully the audience's gasp of horror answered Colin's question.

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