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For his performance as King George VI ("Bertie”) in The King's Speech, COLIN FIRTH won the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA Award, British Independent Film Award, and Critics' Choice Film Awards for Best Actor, among other honors. He also shared with his fellow actors from the ensemble the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Among the other awards earned by The King's Speech were Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper), and Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler).

A classically trained British theatre actor, Mr. Firth is a three-decade veteran of film, television, and stage. His London theatre debut was in Stuart Burge's West End staging of Julian Mitchell's play Another Country, starring as Bennett. He was then chosen to play the character Judd in the 1984 film version directed by Marek Kanievska, starring opposite Rupert Everett as Bennett.

On the small screen, his breakout role came with the 1995 BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice, in which he starred as Mr. Darcy. The performance earned him a BAFTA Award nomination as well as the National Television Award for Most Popular Actor. Among his other notable telefilm, teleplay, and miniseries credits are Frank Pierson's Conspiracy, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination; and Richard Eyre's Tumbledown, for which he won the Royal Television Award for Best Actor and was also a BAFTA Award nominee.

Prior to The King's Speech, Mr. Firth starred in two other Best Picture Academy Award winners, Anthony Minghella's The English Patient and John Madden's Shakespeare in Love. For the latter, he shared with his fellow actors from the ensemble the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy continues his collaboration with Working Title Films, which has included Richard Curtis' Love Actually; Kirk Jones' Nanny McPhee; and two Bridget Jones movies with Renée Zellweger, respectively directed by Sharon Maguire and Beeban Kidron.

Among his other movies are Milos Forman's Valmont, opposite Annette Bening, in which he played the title role; Martin Donovan's Apartment Zero; Pat O'Connor's A Month in the Country and Circle of Friends; Peter Webber's Girl with a Pearl Earring; Atom Egoyan's Where the Truth Lies; Anand Tucker's [And] When Did You Last See Your Father?; Helen Hunt's Then She Found Me; and Phyllida Lloyd's worldwide phenomenon Mamma Mia!

He recently wrapped production on Michael Hoffman's Gambit, opposite Cameron Diaz; and next begins work on an untitled dark comedy for director Dante Ariola, opposite Emily Blunt.

He also starred in Tom Ford's A Single Man, based on Christopher Isherwood's novel, which world premiered at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival, where Mr. Firth was honored with the Best Actor prize. His also earned him BAFTA and London Critics Circle Film Awards; he also received Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, among other accolades.

Mr. 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, he was voted European Campaigner of the Year by the European Union.


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