Colin Firth

Actor
British actor Colin Firth achieved international renown in 1995 with his arguably definitive screen portrayal of Fitzwilliam Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice. " He began his career in ... Read more »
Born: 09/09/1960 in Nigeria

Filmography

Actor (83)

Eye in the Sky 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Genius 2015 (Movie)

Maxwell Perkins (Actor)

Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015 (Movie)

Harry Hart (Actor)

Before I Go To Sleep 2014 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Devil's Knot 2014 (Movie)

Ron Lax (Actor)

Gambit 2014 (Movie)

Harry Deane (Actor)

Magic in the Moonlight 2014 (Movie)

Stanley (Actor)

The Happy Prince 2014 (Movie)

Reginald "Reggie" Turner (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Railway Man 2014 (Movie)

Eric Lomax (Actor)

Arthur Newman 2013 (Movie)

Wallace Avery (Actor)

Stars In Shorts 2012 (Movie)

(Steve) (Actor)

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Inside the Actors Studio 2011 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Main Street 2011 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 2011 (Movie)

Bill Haydon (Actor)

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The British Academy Film Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The King's Speech 2010 (Movie)

King George VI (Actor)

A Single Man 2009 (Movie)

George Falconer (Actor)

Disney's A Christmas Carol 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Fred (Actor)

Dorian Gray 2009 (Movie)

Lord Henry Wotton (Actor)

Easy Virtue 2009 (Movie)

Colonel Jim Whittaker (Actor)

St. Trinian's 2009 (Movie)

Geoffrey Thwaites (Actor)

St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold 2009 (Movie)

Geoffrey Thwaites (Actor)

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Genova 2008 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Mamma Mia! 2008 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

The Accidental Husband 2008 (Movie)

Richard Bratton (Actor)

The Secret of Moonacre 2008 (Movie)

Sir Benjamin/Sir Wrolf (Actor)

Then She Found Me 2008 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

When Did You Last See Your Father? 2008 (Movie)

Blake Morrison (Actor)

The Last Legion 2007 (Movie)

Aurelius (Actor)

Nanny McPhee 2006 (Movie)

Mr Brown (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Where the Truth Lies 2005 (Movie)

Vince Collins (Actor)

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2004 (Movie)

Mark Darcy (Actor)

Trauma 2004 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Girl With a Pearl Earring 2003 (Movie)

Johannes Vermeer (Actor)

Hope Springs 2003 (Movie)

Colin Ware (Actor)

Love Actually 2003 (Movie)

Jamie (Actor)

What a Girl Wants 2003 (Movie)

Lord Henry Dashwood (Actor)

The Importance of Being Earnest 2002 (Movie)

Jack Worthing, 'Ernest' (Actor)

Blackadder: Back & Forth 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Bridget Jones's Diary 2001 (Movie)

Mark Darcy (Actor)

Relative Values 2000 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

The Turn of the Screw 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Donovan Quick 1999 (Movie)

Donovan Quick (Actor)

Fever Pitch 1999 (Movie)

Paul Ashworth (Actor)

My Life So Far 1999 (Movie)

Edward (Actor)

Blackadder Back and Forth 1998 (Movie)

William Shakespeare (Actor)

Shakespeare in Love 1998 (Movie)

Lord Wessex (Actor)

The Secret Laughter of Women 1998 (Movie)

Matthew Field (Actor)

A Thousand Acres 1997 (Movie)

Jess Clark (Actor)

Joseph Conrad's "Nostromo" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Pride and Prejudice 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The English Patient 1996 (Movie)

Geoffrey Clifton (Actor)

Circle of Friends 1995 (Movie)

Simon Westward (Actor)

Playmaker 1994 (Movie)

Ross (Actor)

The Advocate 1994 (Movie)

Richard Courtois (Actor)

Hostages 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Femme Fatale 1991 (Movie)

Joe Prince (Actor)

Milos Forman: Portrait 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Tumbledown 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Wings of Fame 1990 (Movie)

Brian Smith (Actor)

Apartment Zero 1989 (Movie)

Adrian LeDuc (Actor)

Valmont 1989 (Movie)

Vicomte DeValmont (Actor)

A Month in the Country 1988 (Movie)

Tom Birkin (Actor)

Pat Hobby Teamed With Genius 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

1919 1986 (Movie)

Young Alexander (Actor)

Camille 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Another Country 1984 (Movie)

Tommy Judd (Actor)

Bridget Jones's Baby (Movie)

Mark Darcy (Actor)

Conspiracy (TV Show)

Actor

FourPlay (TV Show)

Actor

Lost Empires (TV Show)

Actor

The Colossus (Movie)

(Actor)

The Secret Garden (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Eye in the Sky 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Happy Prince 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

In Prison My Whole Life 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (2)

Mamma Mia! 2008 (Movie)

("Our Last Summer") (Song Performer)

The Importance of Being Earnest 2002 (Movie)

("Lady, Come Down") (Song Performer)

Biography

British actor Colin Firth achieved international renown in 1995 with his arguably definitive screen portrayal of Fitzwilliam Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice. " He began his career in West End dramas and on the big screen in period, often literary adaptations, before a number of successful romantic comedies including "Bridget Jones' Diary" (2001) and broader historic dramas like "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" (2003) turned him into "the thinking woman's heartthrob." While the moniker stuck throughout his career, Firth continued to showcase untapped facets of his talent in independent films, family-friendly hits, and gutsy cable movies. With noted turns in "Love, Actually" (2003), "Nanny McPhee" (2006) and "Mamma Mia!" (2008), Firth displayed both serious acting chops and an easygoing screen presence that continually pleased audiences. But the actor took his career to a new level with "A Single Man" (2009) and "The King's Speech" (2010). The roles were tour-de-force performances that earned Firth several award nominations and wins and elevated his career to new heights.

Relationships

Jennifer Ehle Actor

Companion
Met during filming of "Pride and Prejudice" (1995) No longer together

David Firth

Father
Born c. 1934 in India Traveled to various locations to teach; became history lecturer at King Alfred's College in Winchester, England

William Joseph Firth Actor

Son
Born 1990; mother, Meg Tilly

Jonathan Firth Actor

Brother
Born April 6, 1967

Shirley Firth

Mother
Born c. 1936 in India Lectured on comparative literature at Open University

Katie Firth Actor

Sister
Born 1961

Luca Firth

Son
Born March 29, 2001; mother, Livia Giuggioli

Matteo Firth

Son
Born August 2003; mother, Livia Giuggioli

Livia Giuggioli Actor

Wife
Met 1996 during filming of "Nostromo" (1997) Married June 21, 1997

Meg Tilly Actor

Companion
Met during filming of "Valmont" (1989) Together from 1989-1994 No longer together

EDUCATION

Barton Peveril College

Montgomery of Alamein Secondary School

Presently known as Kings' School

The Drama Centre

1980 - 1982
Left the program after two years to star in "Another Country"

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama ("The King’s Speech")

2011

Co-starred with Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy in the thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role ("The King’s Speech")

2011

Co-starred with Orlando Bloom and Patricia Clarkson in the small-town drama "Main Street" (lensed 2010)

2010

Earned critical acclaim for playing King George VI in "The King's Speech"

2009

Co-starred in an adaptation of the play by Noël Coward, "Easy Virtue"

2009

Starred as a college professor grappling with solitude after his longtime partner dies in Tom Ford's directorial debut "A Single Man"; earned Independent Spirit, Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actor

2009

Voiced Scrooge's nephew in Robert Zemeckis' animated adaptation of A Christmas Carol

2008

Featured in Helen Hunt's directorial debut, "Then She Found Me"

2008

Cast as Uma Thurman's fiancée in the romantic comedy "The Accidental Husband"

2008

Cast as one of the potential fathers in the the film version of the ABBA-inspired musical "Mamma Mia!"

2007

Portrayed general Aurelius in "The Last Legion"

2006

Co-starred with Emma Thompson and Angela Lansbury in "Nanny McPhee"; scripted by Thompson

2005

Co-starred with Kevin Bacon as a showbiz duo whose career was ended abruptly amid scandal in "Where the Truth Lies"

2004

Reprised his role as Mark Darcy in "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

2003

Co-Starred with Scarlett Johansson as painter Johannes Vermeer in "Girl with a Pearl Earring"

2003

Joined the Richard Curtis ensemble, "Love Actually"

2002

Played Jack Worthing in the remake of "The Importance of Being Earnest"

2001

Portrayed the Nazi secretary of state who took part in the Wannsee Conference in the historical drama "Conspiracy" (HBO); received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor

2001

Played Mark Darcy opposite Renee Zellwegger's title character in "Bridget Jones' Diary"

2000

First published work "The Department of Nothing," a short story that appeared in Speaking with the Angel

2000

Had featured role in "Relative Values" a film adaptation of a Noel Coward play

1999

Received raves for his stage performance in the London premiere of "Three Days of Rain" by Richard Greenberg

1998

Played Wessex, the intended groom of Gwyneth Paltrow's Viola, in "Shakespeare in Love"

1997

Portrayed a foul-mouthed soccer player in "Fever Pitch"

1996

Landed featured role as Kristin Scott Thomas' husband in Anthony Minghella's "The English Patient"

1995

Played pivotal role of Simon Westward in "Circle of Friends"

1995

Breakthrough role as Mr. Darcy in the BBC miniseries adaptation of Jane Austen's classic "Pride and Prejudice"

1993

Co-starred in the HBO TV drama "Hostages"

1989

First starring role, playing the lead in Milos Forman's "Valmont"

1989

Offered a harrowing portrayal of real-life Scottish soldier Robert Lawrence who had been left paralyzed in "Tumbledown"

1988

Played a film buff who takes in a mysterious boarder in "Apartment Zero"

1987

Won critical acclaim for "A Month in the Country"

1986

Cast as an aspiring artist in the British miniseries "Lost Empires" (aired on PBS in 1987)

1984

American TV-movie debut, "Camille" (CBS)

1984

Film debut, "Another Country"; played Tommy Judd opposite Rupert Everett's Guy Bennett

1983

London stage debut, "Another Country"; replaced Rupert Everett in the role of Guy Bennett

Lived in Nigeria with parents until the age of four

Joined the National Theater doing odd jobs for the wardrobe department

Trained at the Drama Centre in North London, where he performed his first amateur "Hamlet"

Family briefly moved to St Louis, MO when he was in his early teens

Bonus Trivia

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The BBC miniseries "Pride & Prejudice" (1995) attracted 10 million viewers per week when it aired, far higher than the average British program.

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"If you're under the spell of something, you can't cast a spell." – Firth on acting to the The New York Times, January 15, 1996

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"I don't think a great many things are achieved by crudely exerting yourself upon them. Still, I'd love to do cartwheels and the fireworks and the pyrotechnics. I would love to dazzle. I just don't have a great capacity for it." – Firth in Harper's Bazaar, May 1996

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"There is a part of me that does have to pay for not belonging, but I consider my upbringing to have been hugely enriching and I certainly wasn't a victim. People with a predisposition to act come from all sorts of different places, but I do think it sometimes helps to be a bit fractured in terms of your identity. Acting with honesty doesn't come out of nowhere. I do think sometimes you have to upset your own equilibrium a little bit." – Firth quoted in the Daily Telegraph, Feb. 26, 1999

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"I think it's quite extraordinary that people cast me as if I'm Warren Beatty. Until I met my present wife, at the age of 35, you could name two girlfriends. Yet there's this extraordinary image of the man who goes off with his leading lady all the time, when any 35-year-old man who can claim to have had two past lovers is hardly a philanderer." – Firth on his perceived status as a Lothario to the Daily Telegraph, March 22, 2000

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"I'm not in Michael Caine's position so I can't judge, but I agree there's a stark contrast between England and Los Angeles. Americans make no distinction between English actors; they can't tell the difference between Michael Caine and Prince Charles. We're all Prince Charles to them." – Firth quoted in London's Evening Standard, June 12, 2000

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"Beyond that famous English reserve lies incredible loyalty, and I cherish the English capacity for friendship. Other places have more apparent accessibility, but after five years you've got no further than you did on the first exchange." – Firth to London's Evening Standard, June 12, 2000

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"There's this other person called 'Mr. Darcy' who I have very little to do with. He's like a bizarre doppelganger that I've spawned who walks around doing things without me. I've not really allowed myself to get hung up about it. Life has gone on perfectly satisfactorily. It hasn't held me back. It dominates what gets written about me, but it doesn't affect me any closer than that." – Firth to the Daily Telegraph, April 3, 2001

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"He embodies a particular kind of Englishman, chivalrous, polite, articulate, clever, and that is a fantasy." – director Beeban Kidron on Firth to Entertainment Weekly, Nov. 26, 2004

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"Acting messes with you. Whatever it is to seek that kind of attention is combined with the ability to play different characters – so there’s something fractured there. You take a person like that, subject them to all the vicissitudes of praise and attack and critique and you are going to wreak havoc with people who aren’t stable." – Firth to London's The Times, Sept. 20, 2007

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