Colin Firth was born on September 10, 1960, in England. Firth grew up with academic parents but decided to take on a different path. He realized he wanted to become a professional actor when he was 14 and has since worked in some memorable films and won several accolades for his outstanding performances. Celebrate his special day today by learning more about him!
Actor Colin Andrew Firth was born in 1960 in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. Both his parents were academics at the University of Winchester; his mother, Shirley Jean, was a comparative religion lecturer and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, worked as a history lecturer and an education officer in the Nigerian Government at the time. Firth’s family moved around regularly during his childhood, due to his father’s occupation. For a while, they lived in Nigeria, then in the U.S., until his parents eventually decided to move back to the United Kingdom. Firth is the oldest of three siblings; he has a sister and a brother who are also actors. Even though both his parents worked in academia, Firth never showed great interest in his studies. Still, he attended Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, where he fell in love with English literature, inspired by his teacher, Penny Edwards.
When Firth graduated from high school, he had already decided to work towards a professional acting career. He joined the National Youth Theatre and then studied at the Drama Centre in London. Firth worked on different plays until his film debut in 1984 with the adaptation of the play “Another Country,” but didn’t have his major breakthrough until many years later. In 1995, he was cast in the role of Mr. Darcy in a T.V. adaptation of the famous Jane Austen novel “Pride and Prejudice.” This role gave Firth greater recognition and the push he needed in his career. From there, he started getting more prominent roles. He acted in successful films such as “The English Patient,” “Shakespeare In Love,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” and “Love Actually.” In 2010, Firth received his first Academy Award for Best Actor, for his outstanding portrayal of King George VI in the movie “The King’s Speech.”
In 1990, Firth had a son called William Joseph Firth. William followed in his father’s footsteps and became an actor. In 1997, Firth married Italian Livia Giuggioli; they had two children, Luca and Matteo. The couple divorced in 2019.
He gets a role in the stage production of “Another Country.”
He debuts in the movie adaptation of “Another Country.”
He gets the role of Mr. Darcy in a T.V. adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice.”
He wins an Academy Award for his role in the film “The King’s Speech.”
Why We Love Colin Firth
His outstanding performances
Firth is regarded as one of the most influential actors of his generation. From comedy to drama, romance, and period movies, Firth does it all with talent and grace.
He fights for human rights
Firth is a big advocate of human rights. He has campaigned for indigenous and refugee rights.
His help to charity
The actor is involved in several charities. He contributes to Oxfam, a British organization that helps eradicate global poverty, and Amnesty International, an organization that fights for human rights. He has also helped in several environmental causes.
5 Surprising Facts
He speaks Italian
Firth is fluent in Italian.
His parents were disappointed in him
Firth's parents were alarmed when he chose an acting career over going to university.
At school, Firth felt like an outsider and was bullied.
He is an author
In 2000, Firth published a short story named "The Department of Nothing."
A beautiful man
In 2001, he was ranked among the 50 Most Beautiful People by “People Magazine.”
Colin Firth FAQs
Is Colin Firth in a relationship?
Firth is dating Maggie Cohn. They met on the set of the series “The Staircase.”
Is Colin Firth rich?
Yes. Firth has earned a large sum of money through his prolific acting career.
What is Colin Firth doing these days?
He most recently worked on the H.B.O. series “The Staircase.”
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