Colin Firth

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Colin Firth was born in 1960 in Grayshott, Hampshire, England.  As a child he lived in the US and Nigeria as his teacher father moved across the world.  After settling in Hampshire, his education proceeded much like that of any other English boy, though Firth was always active in theater and continued his education at the Drama Centre in London.

Colin Firth

Though technically his first performance was as an infant in a Christmas play, he made his mark on the grown-up acting world on the London stage in 1983.  His first screen role was in the same work, though cast in a different part.  He went on to appear in numerous British TV and film roles throughout the 1980s, including a highly acclaimed turn as Mr. Darcy in the BBC’s mini-series production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

After that his success became international with roles in such high profile films as Shakespeare in Love, Love Actually, Bridget Jones Diary and The English Patient.  Firth’s first Academy Award nomination came for Lead Actor in 2009’s A Single Man, his second only a year later for The King’s Speech.  No longer considered a “romantic comedy actor” by the masses in the US, he has become an A-list leading man and dramatic actor.

Firth is a longtime supporter of Survivor International, a group supporting the rights of tribal peoples as well as campaigns to stop the deportation of people to the Democratic Republic of Congo and to promote fair trade.  Firth has a son with actress Meg Tilly, with whom he co-starred in Valmont.  The two did not marry.  He married Livia Giugiolli in 1997 and the couple has two sons.

–S. Millinocket

photo by Rathika Mawtus

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Love Actually – Cute and complicated romantic comedy

Nanny McPhee – Colin sweetly bumbles while Emma Thompson makes with the magic

Then She Found Me – Charming and lovable Colin in a romance with Helen Hunt

A Single Man – Colin should have won the Oscar for this brilliant performance

The King’s Speech – And Colin deserved the Oscar he did win for this one

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