Sep. 10th, 1960
Grayshott, Hampshire, England, UK
6' 1 1/2"
Colin Firth's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - The King's Speech
2009 - A Christmas Carol
2009 - A Single Man
2009 - St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold
2009 - Dorian Gray
2008 - Easy Virtue
2008 - The Accidental Husband
2008 - Mamma Mia!
2007 - St. Trinian's
2007 - The Last Legion
2007 - Then She Found Me
2005 - Where the Truth Lies
2005 - Nanny McPhee
2004 - Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
2003 - What a Girl Wants
2003 - Love Actually
2003 - Girl with a Pearl Earring
2003 - Hope Springs
2002 - The Importance of Being Earnest
2001 - Bridget Jones' Diary
1999 - Fever Pitch
1999 - Blackadder Back & Forth
1998 - Shakespeare in Love
1996 - The English Patient
1995 - Circle of Friends
1993 - The Hour of the Pig
1990 - Wings of Fame
1989 - Valmont
1988 - Apartment Zero
1984 - Another Country
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Actor (segment "The King's Speech")
Himself - Guest
Born into an academic family - his father is a history lecturer at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's College) in Winchester and his mother is a comparative religions lecturer at the Open University - Colin Firth's first acting experience came in infant's school when he played "Jack Frost" in a Christmas pantomime. Three of his four grandparents were Methodist missionaries and he spent his early childhood in Nigeria, returning to England at age five where he entered a comprehensive school in Winchester. He spent two years at the Drama Centre in Chalk Farm where he was "discovered" while playing "Hamlet" during his final term. His first professional role was as "Bennet" in the West End production of "Another Country". From this performance, he was chosen to play the character of "Judd" in the movie of the play. He went on to play a variety of character parts in both film and television. For his portrayal of "Robert Lawrence" in the 1989 TV production Tumbledown (1988) (TV), he received the Royal Television Society Best Actor award and also a BAFTA nomination. He also received a BAFTA nomination for "Mr. Darcy" in the 1995 TV version of "Pride and Prejudice" (1995).
- Attended Kings' School, Winchester
- Relationship with 'Meg Tilly' (qv) began while filming 'Milos Forman' (qv)'s _Valmont (1989)_ (qv).
- On People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" list (2001).
- Lived in the US for a year when he was 12.
- On the DVD audio commentary for "Love Actually," 'Hugh Grant (I)' (qv) continuously mocks the looks, age, acting abilities, and alleged vanity of Firth (his sometimes on-screen rival), eventually encouraging his fellow-commentators writer/director 'Richard Curtis (I)' (qv), and co-stars 'Bill Nighy' (qv) and 'Thomas Sangster' (qv) to join in on the mocking. Firth appears to have taken these comments in good nature and said that he and Grant seem to have a "Bette Davis-Joan Crawford" kind of relationship.
- Attended Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh. His film teacher still teaches there (as of November 2008).
- Moved to Nigeria where his father taught when he was very young.
- Contributed a short story, "The Department of Nothing", to the collection "Speaking With the Angel", edited by Nick Hornby. Colin Firth starred in the film adaptation of Hornby's semi-autobiographical novel, _Fever Pitch (1997)_ (qv).