His theatrical roles, like those on television, are exterminated. While his talent as a powerful performer, who holds the scene, is slightly hidden when it comes to cinema.
Colin Firth is an Anglo-Saxon actor who, on the stage, amid crimes and punishments, guilt and abuse of power, is taken directly by the public for the horns.
While on the big screen he becomes almost an outcast, creator of characters that are not well examined and not analyzed in depth.
Perhaps because the role that is most often entrusted to him is that of the man who loses his head and all his seriousness for a woman … and therefore also for love.
It starts from there every time, without the need to trace the red threads of the soul.
On the other hand, that’s how Hollywood likes it! We stop at the general then.
This is the impression given by his not abundant filmography (about thirty films in all).
Colin Firth is ultimately always Colin Firth, at least in the cinema. Except for two cases.
Colin Firth was born on September 10, 1960 in Grayshott (England) and shortly after he moved with his family to Nigeria, where he would reside until he was 5 years old.
On his return to England he began his studies at the Winchester school where he began to be attracted to the world of interpretation.
He began his studies as an actor at the Chalk Farm Dramatic Center and lived his first professional experience on the stage of a theater.
His film career starts in 1984 in the movie ‘Another Country’, in which he plays one of the leading roles. From that moment the actor develops a long series of interventions in numerous films and television series although it is not until a decade later when he rises to fame thanks to his role in the BBC miniseries’ Pride and Prejudice (Pride And Prejudice) ‘.
Shortly after, in 1996, he took part in the cinematographic success ‘The English Patient (The English Patient)’, which is still known as ‘You will inherit the earth (A Thousand Acres)’, ‘Shakespeare in love (Shakespeare in Love)’, ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’, ‘Love Actually’ or ‘A Single Man (A Single Man)’, for which he receives his first Oscar nomination. In 2010 she stars in the award-winning ‘The King’s Speech’, which would be done with the precious statuette.
Sir Colin Firth, is one of the most attractive actors on the British scene. He forged his career as an actor on the theater tables, where he was discovered performing the play Hamlet.
In the mid-80s he began his film career, with titles like Valmont de Milos formed. But it will be his role as Mr. Darcy in adapting Pride and Harm as a miniseries for the BBC, which makes him rise to fame.
Acting in successful productions like The English Patient, Shakespeare in love, Mamma Mia! and re-interpreting Mr. Darcy in the litter saga Bridget Jones (Hellen Fielding)
His first Oscar nomination comes from the hand of Tom Ford for his role in A Single Man in 2010, getting it a year later for his role as King George VI in The King’s Speech.
This paper, not only gave him other prizes such as a golden globe or a Bafta, but also the recognition of Queen Elizabeth II who came to be moved to see him playing his father.
Of his latest works, it is worth mentioning the book editor and the adaptation of the comic to Kingsman’s big screen: Secret Service where he continues to show that he is still in good shape.
His parents are both academics and, as educated people, they try to stimulate him intellectually from an early age. Colin spends his childhood in England, Nigeria and Missouri.
At school he is not exactly a model student: he often argues with the bullies of the class and, despite reading the Odyssey at home, he systematically refuses to do his homework.
At fourteen he realized he wanted to be an actor and at eighteen he moved to London, where he attended first the National Youth Theater and then the Drama Center, which served him as a gym to play Shakespeare.
Just the English playwright allows him to know the talent scout destined to start him indirectly to the cinema.
In 1983, in fact, his performance in a staging of Hamlet convinced an agent to choose him for the role of Guy Bennett in the show Another Country.
Rupert Everett, originally tied to the part, is impressed, and when Marek Kanievska goes to work on the film version of the play in 1984, he suggests that he include Colin Firth in the cast. Everett takes on the character of Guy Bennet, while Firth is Tommy Judd, a Marxist student.
Shortly thereafter, Colin began working on television, alternating between films and TV series. In the cinematographic field, the two most significant experiences of the second half of the 1980s are A Month in the Countryside (1987) and Valmont (1989).
In both Colin Firth has a leading role: in the first he is a veteran of the Great War, in the second he is the Viscount of Valmont.
The turning point in Colin’s career came in 1995, when, in the BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice, he was lucky enough to grab the part of Mr. Darcy. The female audience immediately falls in love with him and the scene in which his character comes out of the waters of a lake with his shirt glued to his chest becomes a cult.
Yet, at least in the period immediately following the show, Firth is not offered the so-called role of life. In The English Patient (1996) and Shakespeare in Love (1998) plays secondary characters, and if My life to date is a work that is quickly forgotten, the most famous 90 ° Fever (1997) remains all in all a niche phenomenon.
In 2001, the actor was joined by Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant in Bridget Jones’s Diary, an adaptation of the famous novel by Helen Fielding. If Colin Firth is hired, the merit is all of his Darcy of Pride and Prejudice: not surprisingly, the character he plays in the film is called Marc Darcy.
This performance certainly brings luck to Firth, who, however, in the immediately following years, risks being trapped in romantic lead roles.
This is demonstrated by the importance of being Ernest (2002), Love Actually (2003) and What a mess, Bridget Jones! (2004). An exception is The Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003), in which Colin is the grumpy and introverted painter Jan Vermeer.
In 2005 Colin Firth had the opportunity to change genre thanks to Atom Egoyan’s False Truth, where he could finally give life to an ambiguous and substantially evil character. An alternation of family films and more courageous productions follows.
The first group includes for example Nanny McFee – Tata Matilda (2005) and Mamma mia! (2008), while the latter includes the last legion (2007) and Genoa – A place to start again (2008), the latter directed by Michael Winterbottom.
After impersonating the nobleman Jim Whittaker and dancing a sensual tango in An English Wedding (2008), Colin Firth meets a man destined to change his career and look.
Let’s talk about the stylist Tom Ford, who wants him to star in his first directorial film, A Single Man (2009). Playing a melancholy gay professor photographed on the day he decided to take his own life, Firth proves very good and the Venice Film Festival awards him the Volpi Cup.
To this prestigious Award is added, a year and a half later, the most coveted film award of all: the Oscar. Colin wins him for his performance in Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech (2010), which focuses on the fight against stuttering by King George VI of England. In addition to the golden statuette, Colin Firth takes home the Golden Globe, BAFTA and the Screen Actors Guild.
After stopping the crown of the sovereign, the actor is a spy in The Mole (2011) and a swindler in Gambit – A scam in a workmanlike manner (2012), remake of the 1966 film of the same name with Michael Caine.
In 2013 we remember Le due vie del destino – in which Colin Firth duets with Nicole Kidman – and Devil’s Knot – Until proven otherwise, reconstruction of the case of the three of West Memphis and a new collaboration between the actor and Atom Egoyan.
In 2014 Firth lets himself be directed by Woody Allen in Magic in the Moonlight and by Matthew Vaughn in Kingsman: Secret Service.
In Before I Go to sleep (another film with Nicole Kidman) he has been married since 1997 with the Italian Livia Giuggioli, with whom he had two children: Luca and Matteo.
He was previously linked to Meg Tilly, from whom he had William, and to Jennifer Ehle, his set mate in Pride and Prejudice.
Born in Grayshott, in the south of England, he is one of the most appreciated actors of the English school of the late eighties. He has Italian citizenship having married the Italian director and producer Livia Giuggioli.
The profound theatrical training, in the name of the great classics of English literature, on all Pride and prejudice, positively marks his first experiences on the big screen, which soon led him to have roles as protagonist or co-protagonist: from “Shakespeare in Love “to” Bridget Jones’s Diary “, from” The Girl with a Pearl Earring “to” The Last Legion “.
The first prestigious recognition is the Volpi Cup which he receives at the Venice Film Festival 2009, for the film “A single man” by Tom Ford. The second came the following year, when he was awarded the Oscar for “best leading actor” for The King’s Speech.
In the social sphere, it promotes fair trade and, through “Survival International”, is fighting for the rights of indigenous peoples around the world.
In 2014 he appeared in the cast of Magic in the Moonlight, a romantic comedy directed by Woody Allen; two years later he starred in “Bridget Jones’s Baby”, the third installment of the popular saga which stars him alongside Renée Zellweger.
In 2018 he is in the cast of five films, including Mary Poppins’ return. At Christmas 2019 in the United States and in 2020 in Italy, the 1917 film will be released.
Full name: Colin Andrew Firth
Date of birth: 10 September 1960
Birthplace: Grayshott, Hampshire, England
Height: 1.85 m
Weight: 92 kg
Net Worth: 25$ million