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A classically trained British theater actor, Academy Award winner COLIN
FIRTH (Mark) is a veteran of film, television and theater, with an
impressive body of work spanning over three decades. Firth 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. In 2011, Firth's performance as
King George VI in The King's Speech garnered him an Academy Award as well as a
Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award, British Independent Film
Award, Critics' Choice Movie Award, and his second consecutive British Academy
of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award. In 2010, he won the BAFTA Award, and
in 2009, the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for his
performance in Tom Ford's A Single Man.
In 2008, Firth starred in Universal Pictures' global smash hit Mamma Mia! The
film grossed over $600 million worldwide and is the eighth highest-grossing film
of all time in the U.K. He also starred in Universal Pictures' and Working
Title's Bridget Jones's Diary and its sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,
as well as in Richard Curtis' Love Actually. 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 U.K. and Ireland, and was the largest opening
in the history of Working Title Films.
In 2012, Firth was seen in Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy opposite
Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy. The thriller was based on John Le CarrE's Cold War
spy novel. The film garnered three Academy Award nominations including Best
Adapted Screenplay and won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film and Best
In 2013, Firth appeared in Jonathan Teplitzky's The Railway Man, which also
starred Nicole Kidman and Jeremy Irvine. The film was based on the true story of
Eric Lomax (Firth) who set out to find those responsible for his torture during
his time as a prisoner in World War II.
In 2014, he was seen in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight, which also starred
Emma Stone. That same year, he starred in Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret
Service, based on the acclaimed comic book of the same name in which Firth
played the role of a secret agent who recruits and trains an unrefined but
promising street kid into the agency's competitive training program. The cast
included Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine and Taron Edgerton. In 2015, Eye in
the Sky, Firth's first film produced and distributed by his production company
with partner Ged Doherty, Raindog Films, was released.
Firth recently appeared in Genius, a chronicle of Max Perkins's time as the book
editor at Scribner, where he oversaw works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway and
F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film premiered at the 2016 Berlin International Film
Festival and stars Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Guy Pearce and Vanessa Kirby. The
film was released on June 10.
Later this year, Firth will star alongside Rachel Weisz and David Thewlis in the
drama The Mercy. He portrays Donald Crowhurst, a yachtsman who attempts to win
the 1968 Golden Globe Race but ends up creating an outrageous account of
traveling the world alone by sea. A release date has not been confirmed yet.
Firth has most recently produced the feature Loving, which was inspired by Nancy
Buirski's Primetime Emmy Award-winning documentary The Loving Story. The film is
directed and written by Jeff Nichols and stars Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga,
Michael Shannon and Nick Kroll. The drama is set in Virginia in 1958 and follows
the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, a couple sentenced to prison because of
their interracial marriage. The film is set to be released on November 4.
His other film credits include the Oscar-nominated Girl with a Pearl Earring,
Devil's Knot, 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 of Friends, Playmaker and the title role in Milos Forman's Valmont
opposite Annette Bening.
On the small screen, Firth is infamous for his breakout role as Mr. Darcy in the
BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, for which he received a BAFTA Award
nomination for Best Actor and the National Television Award for Most Popular
In March 2004, Firth hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live. In 2001, he was nominated
for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the critically
acclaimed HBO film Conspiracy, and he also received the Royal Television Society
Best Actor Award and a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in Tumbledown.
His other television credits include BBC television movie Born Equal, Donovan
Quick, The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd, The Deep Blue Sea, Hostages and the
miniseries Nostromo. His London stage debut was in the West End production of
Another Country in the role of 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 Los Angeles at their 2009 Britannia Awards. In
2008, he was named Philanthropist of the Year by The Hollywood Reporter and, in
2006, he was voted the European Voice Campaigner of the Year by the European
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