Colin Firth

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Colin Firth

Born

9/10/1960, Grayshott, Hampshire, England, UK

Birth Name

Colin Andrew Firth

Gender

Male
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The son of two college lecturers, Colin spent his earliest years in Nigeria, returning home to Hampshire, England, when he was five. He went to schools in Winchester, then spent two years at the Chalk Farm Drama Centre. His first stage role was in a West End production…more

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  • Trivia

    • In 2011, Colin won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role playing King George VI on The King's Speech.

    • Colin has been nominated for two SAG awards. In 1998 he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for The English Patient. In 1999 he won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for Shakespeare In Love.

    • Colin was chosen as one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive for 2007.

    • Colin wanted main role in "About a Boy". He even called Nick Hornby and told him that his story would make a great movie. But, movie had already been picked up, and role went to Hugh Grant.

    • Colin hates weddings. He says that weddings make him depressed.

    • Colin has an obsessive need for precision.

    • Colin says that his trick against stress is listening to Mozart while writing in his journal.

    • Colin's grandparents were Congregationalist missionaries.

    • Colin said that he and Hugh Grant have a "Bette Davis-Joan Crawford" kind of relationship.

    • Colin said that when he was first offered the role of Darcy, his brother said to him: "Darcy? But isn't he supposed to be sexy?".

    • Colin wrote a short story titled "The Department of Nothing", that was published in Nick Hornby's "Speaking With the Angel" collection.

    • Colin has lost his screen wife to a member of the Fiennes family twice: to Ralph in "The English Patient" and to Joseph in "Shakespeare in Love".

    • Colin is 6'1" (1.87 m) tall.

    • Colin made his US television debut in the tv film Camille.

    • In 2001, Colin was nominated for an Emmy award for his performance in the HBO film Conspiracy.

    • In 2001, Colin was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Bridget Jones's Diary at the British Academy Awards.

    • Colin lives in Italy with his wife and two sons. He speaks fluent Italian.

    • In the '80s, Colin was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon, England. His stage credits include such works as Hamlet and King Lear.

    • Although he usually gets along quite well with other actors, Colin had a well-publicized verbal feud with Rupert Everett. The source of the tension between them is not known.

    • Colin has a sister, Kate Firth, who works as a vocal coach.

    • Colin was on People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" list (2001).

    • Colin spent two years at the Drama Centre in Chalk Farm where he was "discovered" while playing Hamlet during his final term.

    • Colin's first acting experience came in infant's school when he played Jack Frost in a Christmas pantomime.

    • In 2006, Colin stars in two movies: The Meat Trade and The Last Legion.

    • In 1997, Colin married Italian documentary-maker Livia Giuggioli. They have two sons, Luca (born 2001) and Matteo (born 2003).

    • In 1994, Colin dated actress Jennifer Ehle, his co-star in Pride and Prejudice.

    • In 1989, Colin began dating actress Meg Tilly, his co-star in Valmont. In 1990, they had a son, Will Firth.

    • Colin has a younger brother, Jonathan, who is also an actor, but they are not related to Peter Firth or Julian Firth.

    • Colin spent part of his childhood in Nigeria, where his family worked as missionaries, and also in St. Louis, Missouri, where his father took a job as a teacher.

    • Colin has received two BAFTA nominations, including one for his portrayal of Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

    • For those wanting to read a hilarious (made-up) interview of Colin, definitely check out the novel version of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Bridget gets to meet Colin Firth, and interview him for her job. Since Colin played Darcy in the film version, the interview scene was cut.

    • Colin is best-known for the "Wet Shirt Scene" in the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. It caused a huge stir and catapulted Colin to heartthrob status all over England and the world!

    • Colin was actually written about in the novel version of Bridget Jones' Diary. When they decided to make it into a movie, they offered him the part of Darcy, and he took it, happily.

    • Colin has taken time out from acting to serve up coffees in global cafe chain Progreso (July 2005). The chain aims to solve the trade crisis that currently plagues coffee growers all over the world. Firth enjoys getting involved and whipping up a cappuccino. "People seemed to think there was nothing more normal than having me serve their cappuccinos and espressos."

  • Quotes

    • Colin: My singing voice is somewhere between a drunken apology and a plumbing problem.

    • Colin: Before I was a father, I always had the rather juvenile attitude that everything I did in life was somehow undoable - that I didn't have to be absolutely 100 per cent committed to any of the things I said or did. I think that was an illusion because you are always committed to what you do - but, nevertheless, it was what I believed. But when you have a child, it becomes very clear that this is a part of you that will be with you for a lifetime - no matter what. You can't walk away from it. Or, if you do, then you do so at great cost.

    • Colin (talking about filming in Britain): I remember years ago in Tumbledown the camera was hidden in the roof of a supermarket on the King's Road. I had half my brain hanging out and was one-handedly wheeling myself across the road. Everyone pretended I didn't exist.

    • Colin: I absolutely don't care about my looks and I'm so used to them that I wouldn't change a thing. I would end up missing my defects.

    • Colin: I'm not patient, and some things drive me crazy. In my work, I get incredibly upset when people don't get it right or don't respect others' needs.

    • Colin: By the time you've reached your mid-forties as an actor, if you've done a few films there's always sex somewhere. You're lucky to make it through drama school without having to get your kit off. You get over it. You stop giggling about it.

    • Colin: If I want my career to go on, I'm going to have to find some more Fiennes brothers! However, any similarity between them basically stops at their last name. I was in no way reminded of Ralph by working with Joe. I got on fantastically with both of them. I have huge admiration for them as actors but I couldn't compare them.

    • Colin: Forget trying to be sexy. That's just gruesome.

    • Colin: ...I always thought the biggest failing of Americans was their lack of irony. They are very serious there! Naturally, there are exceptions... the Jewish, Italian, and Irish humor of the East Coast.

    • Colin: I have a kind of neutrality, physically, which has helped me. I have a face that can be made to look a lot better --or a lot worse.

    • Colin: 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: 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.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • One of the best-known and most talented British actors of his generation, Colin is perhaps best known for his role of Fitzwilliam Darcy in Andrew Davies' television production of 'Pride and Prejudice'. Of course, there is much more to him than just that.moreless

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    Everyone who knows anything about British actor Colin Firth will always eventually (if not immediately) mention the role that made him a household name; that of Mr. Darcy in the television adaptation of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'. Since then, at the time of written, Colin has twice played roles which refer back to that, first as Mark Darcy in the 'Bridget Jones' films and again in reenacting the 'wet white shirt' scene in 'St. Trinian's.'



    Noted for his shyness, Colin is not fond of giving press interviews but when he does, he does so with humour and a lot of tongue-in-cheek jibes at himself and some of the characters he plays. Audiences loved him in 'Love Actually', 'The Girl With The Pearl Earring' and 'Shakespeare In Love' among many others. Whatever the role, Colin always manages to stand out and he is never out of work. There is always another Firth piece just around the corner and he makes all his characters so likeable that this trend will obviously continue for years to come.moreless
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    9.0
    Colin Firth is a true actor. You really believe that he got into acting because he loves it for what it is. You'll never see him in any tabloids and you won't hear any gossip about him. In his roles, you sense more realism than many other actor's who are considered more talented than he. Of all of his roles in all of his movies, my favorite has to be "Bridget Jones's Diary."moreless
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