About Colin Andrew Firth
Colin Andrew Firth, CBE
(born 10 September 1960) is an English film, television, and theatre actor. Firth gained wide public attention in the 1990s for his portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the 1995 television adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. In 2011, Firth received an Academy Award for his portrayal of King George VI in The King's Speech, a performance that also earned him the Golden Globe, BAFTA and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor, amongst others. The previous year, he received his first Academy Award nomination, for his leading role in A Single Man, a performance that won him a BAFTA Award.
In 2011, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was also selected as one of The Time 100 for that year.
Firth was born in Grayshott, Hampshire. His mother, Shirley Jean (née Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at King Alfred's College, Winchester (now the University of Winchester), and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, was a history lecturer (also at King Alfred's) and education officer for the Nigerian Government. Firth has a sister, Kate, and a younger brother, Jonathan, who is also an actor. Firth's parents were raised in India, because his maternal grandparents, Congregationalist ministers, and his paternal grandfather, an Anglican priest, performed missionary work abroad. 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 (now Kings' School), which at the time was a state secondary modern school in Winchester, Hampshire. Reflecting on his time at Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh, he said "My two years at Barton Peveril were among the two happiest years of my life".
In 1983 Firth starred as Tommy Judd in the award-winning London stage production of Another Country. In 1984 he made his film debut in the screen adaptation of the play, taking the role of Tommy Judd (opposite Rupert Everett as Bennett). In 1986 he starred with Sir Laurence Olivier in Lost Empires, a TV adaptation of J. B. Priestley's novel, then in 1987 he appeared alongside Kenneth Branagh in the film version of J. L. Carr's A Month in the Country. In 1989 he played the title role in the film Valmont, and was co-lead in the film Apartment Zero. Firth and other young British actors who were becoming established film actors such as Tim Roth, Gary Oldman, Bruce Payne and Paul McGann were dubbed the 'Brit Pack'.
Firth at the Nanny McPhee London premiere in October 2005It was through the 1995 BBC television adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice that Firth gained wider renown. The serial was a major international success, and Firth gained heartthrob status because of his role as Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, in which he emerged in a wet shirt after a swim. 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. Continuing this in-joke, there was a dog called Mr Darcy in the film St. Trinian's, which Firth's character accidentally kills.
Firth 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), Relative Values (2000), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), Love Actually (2003), What a Girl Wants (2003), Hope Springs (2003), Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), Nanny McPhee (2005), Where the Truth Lies (2005), Then She Found Me (2007) with Helen Hunt, The Last Legion (2007) with Aishwarya Rai, And When Did You Last See Your Father? (2008), the film adaptation of Mamma Mia! (2008), and Easy Virtue, which screened at the Rome Film Festival to excellent reviews. In 2009, he starred in A Christmas Carol, an adaptation of Charles Dickens's novel, using the performance capture procedure, playing Scrooge's optimistic nephew Fred.
He also has appeared in several television productions, including Donovan Quick (an updated version of Don Quixote) (1999) and Conspiracy (2001), for which he received an Emmy nomination. Firth's most recent role is in the Toronto International Film Festival debuted film, Genova.
At the 66th Venice International Film Festival in 2009 Firth was awarded the Volpi Cup for Best Actor for his role in Tom Ford's A Single Man as a college professor grappling with solitude after his longtime partner dies. Fashion designer Tom Ford made his director's debut with this film. This role has earned Firth career best reviews and Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors' Guild, BAFTA, and BFCA nominations; he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in February 2010.
Firth at the 2009 Venice Film FestivalFirth starred in the 2010 film The King's Speech as Prince Albert, Duke of York/King George VI. The film details him working to overcome his speech impediment while becoming monarch of the United Kingdom at the end of 1936. At the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the film was met with a standing ovation. The TIFF release of The King's Speech fell on Colin's 50th birthday and was called the "best 50th birthday gift". On 16 January 2011, he won a Golden Globe for his performance in The King's Speech in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. The Screen Actors Guild recognised Firth with the award for Best Male Actor for The King's Speech on 30 January 2011. In February 2011 he won the best actor award at the 2011 BAFTA awards. He received an Academy Award for Best Actor in a motion picture for The King's Speech on 27 February 2011.
Firth appeared in the 2011 adaptation of the John le Carré novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, directed by Tomas Alfredson, also starring Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy. In May 2011 Firth began filming Gambit – a remake of a previous film – written by Joel and Ethan Coen and directed by Michael Hoffman, co-starring Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman, Set to be released in the UK on 21 November 2012.
Firth's first published work, "The Department of Nothing", appeared in Speaking with the Angel (2000). This collection of short stories was edited by Nick Hornby and was published to benefit the TreeHouse Trust, in aid of autistic children. Firth had previously met Hornby during the filming of the original Fever Pitch. Colin Firth contributed with his writing for the book, We Are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples, released in 2009. The book explores the culture of peoples around the world, portraying both its diversity and facing threats. It counts with the contributions of many western writers, such as Laurens van der Post, Noam Chomsky, Claude Lévi-Strauss; and also indigenous peoples, such as Davi Kopenawa Yanomami and Roy Sesana. The royalties from the sale of this book go to the indigenous rights organisation, Survival International.
In December 2010, Firth was guest editor on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, during which he commissioned research to scan the brains of politicians to see if there were any differences depending on political leanings. He was then credited as one of four co-authors of an academic paper into human brains, the others being University College London researchers. The results of the study suggested that conservatives have greater amygdala volume and liberals have greater volume in their anterior cingulate cortex.
In 2012, Firth's audiobook performance of Graham Greene's The End of the Affair was released at Audible.com.
Firth also featured in three episodes of The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, titled "Master of the Moor", first aired in September 1994. His character, Stephen Whalby, an ecology writer must discover the murderer of a friend.
Firth with wife Livia Giuggioli in January 2011Firth lives in Chiswick, London. In 1989, he entered into a romantic relationship with actress Meg Tilly, his co-star in Valmont. In 1990, she gave birth to a son, William "Will" Joseph Firth, and they made their home near the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. Firth remains in contact with Will and with Tilly's two other children. In 1994, after he and Tilly had separated, Firth became involved with actress Jennifer Ehle, his co-star in Pride and Prejudice; however, the two broke up and in 1997 Firth married Italian film producer/director Livia Giuggioli, and now lives in both London and Italy. They have two sons, Luca (born March 2001) and Matteo (born August 2003). Firth started to learn Italian when he and Giuggioli began to date and he now is fluent in the language. This was life echoing art, as in "Love Actually" Firth's character started to learn the language before proposing to a Portuguese girl. Firth is a supporter of Southampton F.C..
On 13 January 2011, he was presented with the 2,429th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In April 2011, Time magazine included Firth in its list of the world's 100 Most Influential People.
Firth was made a Freeman of the City of London on 8 March 2012.
Firth has been a long-standing supporter of Survival International, a non-governmental organisation that defends the rights of tribal peoples. Speaking in 2001, he said, "My interest in tribal peoples goes back many years... and I have supported [Survival] ever since." In 2003, during the promotion of the film Love Actually, he spoke in defence of the tribal people of Botswana, condemning the Botswana government's eviction of the Gana and Gwi Bushmen from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. He says of the Bushmen, "These people are not the remnants of a past era who need to be brought up to date. Those who are able to continue to live on the land that is rightfully theirs are facing the 21st century with a confidence that many of us in the so-called developed world can only envy." He has also backed a Survival International campaign to press the Brazilian government to take more decisive action in defence of the Awá-Guajá people, whose land and livelihood is critically threatened by the actions of loggers.
Firth has been involved in a campaign to stop the deportation of a group of asylum seekers, because he believed that they might be murdered on their return to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Firth 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". As a result of the campaign, a Congolese nurse was given a last-minute reprieve from deportation.
Firth has also been involved in the Oxfam global campaign Make Trade Fair, in which several other celebrities participated as well in order to bring more attention to the issues involved. The campaign has focused on several trade practices seen as unfair to third world producers especially, including dumping, high import tariffs, and labour rights such as fair wages. Firth remains deeply committed to this cause, making efforts such as supporting fair trade coffee in his daily life, as he believes "[i]f you're going to sustain commitment to any of this, ... you've got to get involved on an ordinary every day basis." He has further contributed to this cause by opening (with a few collaborators) an eco-friendly shop in West London, Eco. The shop offers fair trade and eco-friendly goods, as well as expert advice on making spaces more energy efficient.
He was awarded an honorary degree on 19 October 2007 from the University of Winchester. In October 2009 at the London Film Festival, Firth launched a film and political activism website, Brightwide, along with his wife Livia.
During to the 2010 General Election Firth announced his support for the Liberal Democrats, having previously been a Labour supporter, citing asylum and refugees' rights as a key reason for his change in affiliation. In December 2010, Firth publicly dropped his support of the Liberal Democrats, citing their U-turn on tuition fees as one of the key reasons for his disillusionment. He also said that while he no longer supports the Liberal Democrats, he is currently without an affiliation. Firth appeared in literature to support changing the British electoral system from first-past-the-post to alternative vote for electing Members of Parliament to the House of Commons in the unsuccessful Alternative Vote referendum in 2011.
Colin is also committed to protecting the environment; in 2009 he joined the 10:10 project to support the movement calling for people to reduce their carbon footprint.
He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to drama.
List of film and television
credits Year Title Role Notes
1984 Another Country Tommy Judd Camille Armand Duval Television film 1985 1919 (young) Alexander Scherbatov Dutch Girls Neil Truelove Television film 1986 Lost Empires Richard Herncastle TV mini-series 1987 Month in the Country, AA Month in the Country Tom Birkin Pat Hobby: Teamed with Genius Rene Wilcox PBS Shorts Special Secret Garden, TheThe Secret Garden adult Colin Craven Hallmark Hall of Fame 1988 Tumbledown Robert Lawrence Television film Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor Nominated — British Academy Television Award for Best Actor 1989 Apartment Zero Adrian LeDuc Valmont Valmont 1990 Femme Fatale Joseph Prince Wings of Fame Brian Smith 1991 Out of the Blue Alan Play for television 1993 Hostages John McCarthy Television – HBO Hour of the Pig, TheThe Hour of the Pig Richard Courtois Also known as The Advocate 1994 Master of the Moor Stephen Whalby Television film – UK Playmaker Michael Condron/Ross Talbert Deep Blue Sea, TheThe Deep Blue Sea Freddie Page Play for television – UK 1995 Circle of Friends Simon Westward Pride and Prejudice Fitzwilliam Darcy Television mini-series Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor Nominated — British Academy Television Award for Best Actor Nominated — National Television Award for Most Popular Male Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd, TheThe Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd Charles Holroyd Play for television – UK 1996 English Patient, TheThe English Patient Geoffrey Clifton Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture 1997 Thousand Acres, AA Thousand Acres Jess Clark Fever Pitch Paul Ashworth Nostromo Charles Gould Television mini-series 1998 Shakespeare in Love Lord Wessex Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture 1999 Blackadder: Back & Forth William Shakespeare Short film Donovan Quick Donovan Quick/Daniel Quinn Television film – UK My Life So Far Edward Pettigrew Secret Laughter of Women, TheThe Secret Laughter of Women Matthew Field Turn of the Screw, TheThe Turn of the Screw The Master Masterpiece Theater 2000 Relative Values Peter Ingleton 2001 Bridget Jones's Diary Mark Darcy European Film Awards Audience Award for Best Actor Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Conspiracy Wilhelm Stuckart Television film – HBO Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film We Know Where You Live Himself Benefit for Amnesty International Fourplay Allen Portland Television film – HBO, also known as Londinium 2002 Importance of Being Earnest, TheThe Importance of Being Earnest Jack Worthing 2003 Girl with a Pearl Earring Johannes Vermeer Nominated—European Film Awards Audience Award for Best Actor Hope Springs Colin Ware Love Actually Jamie Bennett Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast What a Girl Wants Henry Dashwood 2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Mark Darcy Trauma Ben Slater 2005 Nanny McPhee Cedric Brown Where the Truth Lies Vince Collins 2006 Born Equal Mark Armitage Television film – UK 2007 Last Legion, TheThe Last Legion Aurelius Antonius And When Did You Last See Your Father? Blake Morrison Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor Then She Found Me Frank St Trinian's Geoffrey Thwaites In Prison My Whole Life Himself 2008 Accidental Husband, TheThe Accidental Husband Richard Bratton Mamma Mia! Harry Bright Nominated — National Movie Award for Best Performance Male Easy Virtue Jim Whittaker Genova Joe 2009 Christmas Carol, AA Christmas Carol Fred Dorian Gray Lord Henry Wotton Single Man, AA Single Man George Falconer Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Italian Online Film Actors & Dubbers Award for Best Foreign Actor London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actor of the Year San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Outstanding Performance of the Year Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Volpi Cup Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated — Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Nominated — Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Actor St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Geoffrey Thwaites 2010 King's Speech, TheThe King's Speech King George VI Academy Award for Best Actor Alliance of Women Film Journalists Eda Award for Best Actor Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role British Independent Film Award for Best Actor Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor European Film Award for Best Actor Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Iowa Film Critics Award for Best Actor Italian Online Movie Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Italian Online Film Actors & Dubbers Award for Best Foreign Actor Italian Online Film Actors & Dubbers Award for Best Foreign Cast Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actor of the Year London Film Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor National Movie Award for Performance of the Year New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor North Texas Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor Nominated — Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated — Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor Nominated — Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Nominated — Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Nominated — Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated — Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Main Street Gus LeRoy Steve Steve 2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Bill Haydon Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast YouMovie Award for Best Cast Nominated — Italian Online Movie Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated — YouMovie Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated — YouMovie Award for Best Villain Pending — Italian Online Film Actors & Dubbers Award for Best Foreign Cast 2012 Stars in Shorts Steve Gambit Harry Deane Arthur Newman, Golf Pro Arthur Newman post-production 2013 The Railway Man Eric Lomax filming Bridget Jones' Baby Mark Darcy pre-production Devil's Knot Ron Lax pre-production
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