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A classically trained British theater actor, COLIN FIRTH (Fred) is a veteran of film, television and theater, with an impressive body of work spanning over three decades. Firth's versatility has been recognized in both dramas and comedies, garnering critical acclaim and awards including nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, an Emmy nomination, and multiple BAFTA nominations.

Firth will next be seen starring in "A Single Man,” based on the acclaimed Christopher Isherwood novel. Tom Ford makes his directorial debut with the film which stars Firth as a man contemplating his last day on earth. The cast includes Julianne Moore, Ginnifer Goodwin and Matthew Goode. Firth was recently awarded Best Actor at the 2009 Venice Film Festival for his performance. "A Single Man” will be released by The Weinstein Company on December 11, 2009.

"Genova,” directed by Michael Winterbottom, and starring Firth opposite Catherine Keener, is a subtle thriller revolving around two American girls and their British father who move to Italy after their mother dies. "Genova” screened at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, the London Film Festival and the San Sebastian Film Festival, where Michael Winterbottom was awarded Best Director. "Genova” was released in the UK April 2009 and will be released by ThinkFilm in the US.

In 2008, Firth was seen in Universal Pictures' smash-hit ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!” The cast included Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard and Amanda Seyfriend. "Mamma Mia!” has grossed over half a billion dollars around the world and is the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK. The same year, Firth was seen in "Then She Found Me,” which was written and directed by Helen Hunt. He was also seen in the Sony Classics film "And When Did You Last See Your Father” and in "Easy Virtue,” based on the Noel Coward play and directed by Stephan Elliott.

In 2004, Firth starred in the Universal/Working Title hit "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.” Firth reprised his role as ‘Mark Darcy' opposite Renee Zellweger and Hugh Grant in the film. The same year, Firth appeared in the Oscar-nominated film "Girl with a Pearl Earring” opposite Scarlett Johanssen. Firth was nominated for a European Film Award for his performance in the film.

In 2003, Firth appeared in the Universal hit "Love Actually,” written and directed by Richard Curtis. At the time of its release, "Love Actually” broke box-office records as the highest grossing British romantic comedy opening of all time in the UK and Ireland, and was the largest opening in the history of Working Title Films.

In 2002, Firth was seen starring opposite Rupert Everett, Reese Witherspoon and Judi Dench in the Miramax Film, "The Importance of Being Earnest.” Prior to that, Firth appeared in the Academy Award-nominated film "Shakespeare in Love,” directed by John Madden. Firth portrayed ‘Lord Wessex,' the evil husband to ‘Violet De Lesseps,' played by Gwyneth Paltrow.

In 1996, Firth appeared in the multi-Oscar-nominated film, "The English Patient,” opposite Kristen Scott Thomas and Ralph Fiennes. His other film credits include Atom Egoyan's "Where the Truth Lies,” Marc Evans' thriller "Trauma,” "Nanny McPhee,” "What a Girl Wants,” "A Thousand Acres,” with Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange, "Apartment Zero,” "My Life So Far,” Nick Hornby's "Fever Pitch,” "Circle of Friends,” "Playmaker,” and the title role in Milos Forman's "Valmont” opposite Annette Benning.

On the small screen, Firth is infamous for his breakout role in 1995, when he played "Mr. Darcy” in the BBC adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice,” for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor and was honored with the National Television Award for "Most Popular Actor.” Firth's latest television appearance was in 2006 in the critically acclaimed BBC television movie "Born Equal” directed by Dominic Savage ("Out of Control”). In March 2004, Firth hosted NBC's legendary series "Saturday Night Live.” 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 performance in "Tumbledown.” His other television credits include "Windmills on the Clyde: Making Donovan Quick,” "Donovan Quick,” "The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd,” "Deep Blue Sea,” "Hostages,” and the mini-series "Nostromo.” His London stage debut was 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.

Firth is an active supporter of Oxfam International, an organization dedicated to fighting poverty and related injustice around the world. In 2008 he was named "Philanthropist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter. In 2006, Firth was voted "European Campaigner of the Year” by the EU.

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