Colin Firth

Last updated on the 26 March 2024 by Evandrus

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Mini Biography

Born: 10 September 1960, Grayshott, Hampshire, England.

Colin Firth grew up in a family of academics, with his parents being both university lecturers. Firth attended the Drama Centre in London, where he honed his acting skills.

Firth’s breakthrough role came in 1995 when he played Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” The role catapulted him to fame and made him a heartthrob for millions of fans around the world. He went on to star in numerous films, including “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “The King’s Speech,” and “A Single Man.”

Firth has received numerous accolades for his acting, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA Award. He is known for his ability to portray complex characters with depth and nuance, and his performances have earned him critical acclaim and a loyal fan base.

In addition to his acting career, Firth is also an activist and philanthropist. He is a supporter of several charitable organizations, including Oxfam and the Rainforest Foundation. He has also been a vocal advocate for environmental causes, and in 2010, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama and his charitable work.

Firth is married to Italian film producer and director Livia Giuggioli, and the couple has two children together. They are both committed to environmental causes and have launched several initiatives to promote sustainable fashion and reduce waste in the fashion industry.

 

Suggested viewing

 

The King’s Speech (2010)

The King's Speech poster

Bftv 8.5/ IMDb 8.0

“The King’s Speech” is a historical drama film based on the true story of King George VI of the United Kingdom. The film follows the king’s struggle with a severe stammer and his unlikely friendship with an Australian speech therapist. Together, they work to overcome his speech impediment and prepare him for his role as a wartime leader.

Top cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Michael Gambon, Jennifer Ehle, Derek Jacob, Freya Wilson.

Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Pride and Prejudice

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.8

“Pride and Prejudice” is based on the classic romantic novel. The story revolves around Elizabeth Bennet, a witty and independent young woman, and Mr. Darcy, a wealthy and reserved gentleman. Their initial dislike for each other turns into a complicated dance of misunderstandings, social conventions, and personal growth, leading to a journey of self-discovery and true love.

Top cast: Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Susannah Harker, Crispin Bonham-Carter, Benjamin Whitrow, Alison Steadman, Adrian Lukis, Julia Sawalha, Lucy Davis.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

Kingsman: The Secret Service poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.7

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” is an action-packed spy film. A young street kid named Eggsy is recruited by a secret British spy organisation called Kingsman. He undergoes rigorous training to become a spy and must stop a tech billionaire’s evil plot to eliminate most of humanity. Exciting action, humour, and stylish espionage ensue.

Top cast: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson, Sofia Boutella, Michael Caine, Mark Hamill, Samantha Womack.

The Mercy (2017)

The Mercy poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.0

“The Mercy” is a biographical drama film based on the true story of Donald Crowhurst. It portrays Crowhurst’s ill-fated attempt to sail solo around the world in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. The film explores his mental and physical struggles, the consequences of isolation, and the blurred lines between ambition and deception.

Top cast: Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Mark Gatiss, Genevieve Gaunt, Jonathan Bailey, Andrew Buchan, Simon McBurney, Eleanor Stagg.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Bridget Jones's Diary

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.8

“Bridget Jones’s Diary” is a comedic novel turned into a film. Bridget, a quirky and relatable woman, records her love life, career, and self-improvement through hilarious diary entries. Caught between her womanising boss, Daniel, and the seemingly uptight Mark, Bridget stumbles through awkward encounters, embarrassing moments, and ultimately learns to embrace her imperfections and find happiness.

Top cast: Colin Firth, Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, James Calls, Sally Phillips, Shirley Henderson, Embeth Davidtz.

Operation Mincemeat (2021)

Operation Mincemeat

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.6

“Operation Mincemeat” is a true story of deception during World War II. The Allies hatch a plan to mislead the Nazis by planting a fake identity and false documents on a dead body, suggesting an attack on Greece instead of Sicily. This covert operation plays a crucial role in the success of the Allied invasion.

Top cast: Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Penelope Wilton, Jason Isaacs, Johnny Flynn, Mark Gatiss, Hattie Morahan, Paul Ritter.

The English Patient (1996)

The English Patient

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.4

“The English Patient” is an epic romantic drama set during World War II. The film tells the story of a mysterious and badly burned man, known as the English Patient, who recounts his past love affair in North Africa. Through flashbacks, secrets unravel, relationships form, and the devastating consequences of war are revealed.

Top cast: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Naveen Andrews, Colin Firth, Julian Wadham, Torri Higginson, Jürgen Prochnow.

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