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A classically trained British theater actor, Academy Award winner
COLIN FIRTH is a veteran of film, television and theater, with an
impressive body of work spanning over three decades. He has appeared in three
films that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture: THE KING'S SPEECH,
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and THE ENGLISH PATIENT. Firth earned an Academy Award,
Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, British Independent Film Award,
Critics' Choice Award and his second consecutive BAFTA Award in 2011 for his
performance as King George VI in THE KING'S SPEECH. The film also won the
Academy Award for 'Best Picture' as well as the Screen Actors Guild Award for
'Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.' Firth also won the
BAFTA Award in 2010 and the Volpi Cup for 'Best Actor' at the 2009 Venice Film
Festival for his performance in Tom Ford's A SINGLE MAN.
He has wrapped production on Woody Allen's MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, in which
he stars opposite Emma Stone. He has also completed THE SECRET SERVICE, directed
by Matthew Vaughn which will be released by Fox in May 2015. The cast includes
Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine and Taron Edgerton.
In 2012 Firth was seen in Tomas Alfredson's TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
opposite Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy. The thriller is based on John Le Carre's
Cold War spy novel and tells the tale of a spy-hunt within the highest echelons
of the British Secret Intelligence Service. The film garnered 3 Academy Award
nominations including 'Best Writing' and won the 2012 BAFTA Film Award for
'Outstanding British Film' and 'Best Adapted Screenplay.'
In 2008, Firth was also seen in Universal Pictures' global smash hit "Mamma
Mia!" The film grossed over half a billion dollars around the world and is the
highest grossing film of all time in the UK.
In 2004, Firth starred in the Universal/Working Title hit BRIDGET JONES: THE
EDGE OF REASON, and in the Oscar-nominated film GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING
opposite Scarlett Johansson.
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.
His others film credits include Helen Hunt's THE DEVIL'S KNOT, BEFORE I GO TO
SLEEP, ARTHUR NEWMAN, THEN SHE FOUND ME, WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FATHER?,
EASY VIRTUE, Michael Winterbottom's GENOVA, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE IMPORTANCE OF
BEING EARNEST, 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
FRIENDS, PLAYMAKER, and the title role in Milos Forman's VALMONT opposite
On the small screen, Firth is infamous for his breakout role in as "Mr.
Darcy" in the BBC adaptation of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, for which he received a
BAFTA nomination for Best Actor and the National Television Award for Most
In March 2004, Firth hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live." He was nominated for
an Emmy Award in 2001 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the critically
acclaimed HBO film CONSPIRACY and also received the Royal Television Society
Best Actor Award and a BAFTA nomination for his performance in TUMBLEDOWN. His
other television credits include BBC television movie BORN EQUAL, 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 'Guy 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. He was
honored with the 'Humanitarian Award' by BAFTA/LA at their 2009 Britannia
Awards. In 2008 he was named Philanthropist of the Year by The Hollywood
In 2006, Firth was voted European Campaigner of the Year by the EU.
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