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NANNY MCPHEE

A classically trained British theatre actor, COLIN FIRTH (Mr. Brown) is a veteran of numerous television and film roles. Most recently, Firth has starred in Atom Egoyan's Where the Truth Lies and was last seen reprising his role as the dashing Mark Darcy in the hit British comedy Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

Prior to this he starred in the psychological thriller Trauma, opposite Mena Suvari, and Girl With a Pearl Earring, based on the best-selling novel by Tracy Chevalier, as the 17th century artist Johannes Vermeer opposite Scarlett Johansson and Tom Wilkinson. In October 2003, Firth appeared in the Working Title production Love, Actually, written and directed by Richard Curtis, together with an outstanding ensemble cast that included Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney and Keira Knightley. In 2002, Firth was seen starring opposite Rupert Everett and Reese Witherspoon in the Miramax film The Importance of Being Earnest. In 2001, Firth charmed audiences worldwide when he first starred as Mark Darcy opposite Renée Zellweger in the hit British comedy Bridget Jones's Diary.

In 1998, Firth starred in Shakespeare in Love, where he portrayed Lord Wessex, the evil intended husband to Viola De Lesseps, played by Gwyneth Paltrow. In 1996, Firth appeared in the multi-Oscar® nominated film The English Patient, opposite Kristin Scott Thomas and Ralph Fiennes. His other film credits include What a Girl Wants, Hope Springs, Relative Values, A Thousand Acres (with Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange), Apartment Zero, My Life So Far, The Secret Laughter of Women, Fever Pitch, Circle of Friends, Playmaker and the title role in Milos Forman's Valmont.

On the small screen, Firth is infamous for his 1995 breakout role, when he played Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor and legions of female admirers. Firth's most recent television appearance was as the host of NBC's Saturday Night Live in March 2004. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2001 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the critically acclaimed HBO film Conspiracy and has also received the Royal Television Society Best Actor Award and a BAFTA nomination for his work in Tumbledown. His other television credits include Windmills on the Clyde: Making "Donovan Quick,” Donovan Quick, The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd, The Deep Blue Sea, Hostages and the miniseries Nostromo. He made his London stage debut in the West End production of Another Country playing Bennett; he was then chosen to play the character Judd in the 1984 film adaptation opposite Rupert Everett.

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