Name:
Colin Firth
Birth Date:
September 10, 1960
Birth Place:
Grayshott, Hampshire, England, UK
Height:
6'1
Nationality:
British
Famous for:
His role as Tommy Judd in 'Another Country' (1984)
Profession:
actor
Education:
The Drama Centre, London, England
BIOGRAPHY
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Mr. Darcy

Background:

"Falling in love stops you caring for so many other things. I don't enjoy being overwhelmed by someone. I don't often fall hopelessly for someone. I don't need a woman." Colin Firth.

British actor Colin Firth is widely known while starring as Mr. Darcy in the BBC's 1995 miniseries “Pride and Prejudice.” The actor who also portrayed character Mr. Darcy in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) was first noticed while playing Tommy Judd in Another Country (1984). He later acted in such films as A Month in the Country (1987), Tumbledown (1989, TV, nominated a BAFTA), The English Patient (1996), Fever Pitch (1997), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Love Actually (2003), What A Girl Wants (2003) and Trauma (2004). As for his upcoming film projects, Colin Firth is scheduled to play roles in Nanny McPhee, The Last Legion, The Meat Trade, Toyer, The Dead Wait and Gambit.

"I don't think I'm a steaming, smoldering kind of guy." Colin Firth.

6'1" tall Colin Firth was on People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" list in 2001. A father of three sons, Firth was related to actresses Jennifer Ehle (born 1970; met while filming Pride and Prejudice in 1995) and Meg Tilly (born 1960; together 1989-1994; met while filming Milos Forman's Valmont (1989), gave him one son).


English Man

Childhood and Family:

"The English people, a lot of them, would not be able to understand a word of spoken Shakespeare. There are people who do and I'm not denying they exist. But it's a far more philistine country than people think." Colin Firth.

In Grayshott, Hampshire, England, UK, Colin Firth was born on September 10, 1960 to academic parents, David Firth (history lecturer at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's College); born in 1934) and Shirley Firth (lecturer on comparative literature at Open University; born in 1936). Colin has two younger siblings, sister Kate Firth (voice coach; born in 1961) and brother Jonathan Firth (actor; born on April 6, 1967). He spent his early childhood in Nigeria with Methodist missionary grandparents. When he was 5, Colin returned to his home country and later enrolled at The Drama Centre, London, England.

On June 21, 1997, Colin Firth tied the knot with Livia Giuggioli (born in 1970). The couple has two sons: Luca (born on March 29, 2001, in Rome) and Mateo (born on August 25, 2003). Colin also has one son with actress Meg Tilly, William Firth (born in 1990).


Pride And Prejudice

Career:

"Acting was the first thing I ever got any approval or attention for, and I craved attention." Colin Firth.

First performing as Jack Frost in an infants-school Christmas pantomime, Colin Firth signed up with National Theater and did odd jobs for wardrobe department. He then studied with controversial Drama Centre London where he was spotted while performing his first amateur "Hamlet" during his final term. Soon afterward, he landed his professional acting job as Bennet in the West End production of “Another Country” and then offered to portray character Tommy Judd in its movie version in 1984. In the big screen adaptation of the award winning play by Julian Mitchell, Marek Kanievska directed and Firth costarred with Rupert Everett.

Also in 1984, Firth debuted on US TV movie, the CBS’ Camille and followed it up with 1995 movies Dutch Girls and 1919. After playing an aspiring artist in the British miniseries "Lost Empires" (aired on PBS in the USA in 1987) and appearing in the TV movie Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Pat Hobby Teamed with Genius, Firth received positive reviews for portraying WWI veteran Tom Birken in Pat O'Connor's drama film based on J.L. Carr’s novel, A Month in the Country (1987, alongside Kenneth Branagh).

Writer-director Martin Donovan then cast Firth to play opposite Hart Bochner as lonely sociopath Adrian LeDuc in his 1988 thriller Apartment Zero. His performance received critical praise and earned Firth Seattle Film Festival’s Best Actor. In the 1989 TV production Tumbledown (1989), Firth portrayed real-life Scottish paralyzed soldier Lieutenant Robert Lawrence and won Royal Television Society’s Best Actor as well as was nominated a BAFTA. He subsequently nabbed his first starring film role as the title role rakish Vicomte de Valmont in Milos Forman's witty and playful adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos's famous novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” the romatic drama Valmont (1989, with Annette Bening and then-companion Meg Tilly).

Wings of Fame (1990), Femme Fatale (1991), Hostages (1993, HBO), Playmaker (1994) and Circle of Friends (1995, based on a novel by Maeve Binchy, starring Chris O'Donnell) were Colin Firth film works before he got his big break in the BBC miniseries "Pride and Prejudice" (aired in USA on A&E in January 1996). In the TV adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, Firth starred as arrogant, cold and rude wealthy young man Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, alongside Jennifer Ehle. The role nabbed Firth another BAFTA nomination and became Broadcasting Press Guild’s Best Actor.

Director Anthony Minghella cast Firth to play Kristin Scott Thomas' husband in his epic drama adopted from Michael Ondaatje's prize-winning novel, The English Patient. He later played an English teacher obsessed with football in David Evans' romantic comedy film inspired by Nick Hornby's book, Fever Pitch and portrayed a morally vague man who gets involved with both Jessica Lange and Michelle Pfeiffer in Jocelyn Moorhouse adaptation of Jane Smiley's novel, A Thousand Acres (both in 1997). He also played Gwyneth Paltrow's intended groom in John Madden's witty, fast-moving romantic comedy set in London in 1593, Shakespeare in Love (1998) and became Robert Norman's father and a genius inventor in Hugh Hudson's charming coming-of-age tale based on Denis Forman's book, My Life So Far (1999). On stage, Firth received applause for his performance in the London premiere of Richard Greenberg’s "Three Days of Rain"

The new millennium watched costarring with Jodhi May in a TV adaptation of Henry James’ novel, The Turn of the Screw and appearing in Eric Styles' film version of Noel Coward's comedy play, Relative Values (2000, starring Julie Andrews). In 2001, he costarred as Renee Zellwegger's title character’s admiration in Sharon Maguire's comedy film based on Helen Fielding's novel, Bridget Jones's Diary, and later reprised his role in its sequel, Beeban Kidron-directed Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004).

"I was delighted to become a popular-culture reference point. I'm still delighted about it actually, and I still find it to be weird." Colin Firth (about his success in playing the two Mr. Darcy roles).

During that time, Firth reunited with Kenneth Branagh playing the Nazi secretary of state in the HBO historical drama Conspiracy and nominated an Emmy. He also played Hamlet on the London stage and costarred with Rupert Everett again as Jack Worthing in Oliver Parker's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's famous play, the romantic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest (2002).

The next year, Firth starred as a sad-eyed British artist in Mark Herman's version of Charles Webb's novel, Hope Springs (with Heather Graham and Minnie Driver) and portrayed Amanda Bynes' long-lost British father in Dennie Gordon's adaptation of William Douglas-Home's play, What a Girl Wants. He also joined the cast member of writer-director Richard Curtis' ensemble comedy Love Actually, playing writer Jamie Bennett and starred as painter Johannes Vermeer who turns his maid (Scarlett Johansson) into his model in Peter Webber's film set in 17th century Holland and adopted from Tracy Chevalier's novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Recently, in 2004, starred as an insect-obsessed man in Marc Evans' taut, mysterious thriller Trauma (opposite Mena Suvari) and and joined Kevin Bacon and Alison Lohman in Atom Egoyan's film based on Rupert Holmes' novel, Where the Truth Lies (2005). Soon, Firth will be seen costarring with Emma Thompson in Kirk Jones' family comedy Nanny McPhee and starred in Doug Lefler's war movie adopted from Valerio Manfredi's novel, The Last Legion. He is also scheduled to complete Antonia Bird's thriller movie set in Scotland about the 19th century based on Irvine Welsh's novel, The Meat Trade, played the title role in Brian De Palma's adaptation of Gardner McKay's book, Toyer, and was cast in Marc Evans' The Dead Wait as well as Ethan Coen's crime comedy Gambit.

"I don't often get funny lines. No one's realized I can do comedy." Colin Firth.


Awards:

  • Screen Actors Guild: Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture, Shakespeare in Love; shared with cast mates, 1998

  • Broadcasting Press Guild: Best Actor, Pride And Prejudice, 1996

  • Royal Television Society: Best Actor - Male, Tumbledown, 1990

  • Seattle Film Festival: Best Actor, Apartment Zero, 1988

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