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Colin Firth



As Mr. Darcy in the acclaimed 1995 television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Colin Firth induced record increases in estrogen levels on both sides of the Atlantic. Imbuing his role as one of literature's most obstinate lovers with surly, understated charisma, Firth caused many a viewer to wonder where he had been for so long, even though he had in fact been appearing in television and film for years.



The son of two university lecturers, Firth was born in England's Hampshire county on September 10, 1960. Part of his early childhood was spent in Nigeria with missionary grandparents, but he returned for schooling in his native country and eventually enrolled in the Drama Centre in Chalk Farm. While playing Hamlet in a school production during his final term, the actor was discovered, and he went on to make his London stage debut in the West End production of Julian Mitchell's Another Country. Starring opposite Rupert Everett, Firth played Tommy Judd, a character based on spy-scandal figurehead Donald Maclean (Everett played Guy Bennett, based on real-life spy Guy Burgess). He went on to reprise his role for the play's 1984 film version, again playing opposite Everett.



Despite such an auspicious beginning to his career, Firth spent the rest of the decade and half of the next working in relative obscurity; he starred in a number of television productions -- including the highly acclaimed 1993 Hostages -- and worked steadily in film. Some of his more notable work included A Month in the Country, in which he played a World War I veteran opposite Kenneth Branagh and Natasha Richardson, and Valmont, Milos Forman's 1989 adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, in which Firth starred in the title role. The film also provided him with an introduction to co-star Meg Tilly, with whom he had a son.

However, it was not until he again donned breeches and a waistcoat that Firth started to emerge from the shadows of BBC programming. With his portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the popular TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Firth was propelled into the media spotlight, touted in a number of articles as the latest in the long line of thinking women's crumpets; he was further rewarded for his work with a BAFTA award. The same year, he appeared as an amorous cad in the similarly popular Circle of Friends and went on the next year to appear as Kristin Scott Thomas' cuckolded husband in The English Patient. Firth garnered praise for his role in the film, which went on to win international acclaim and Academy Awards.

After a turn as a morally ambiguous man who gets involved with both Jessica Lange and Michelle Pfeiffer in A Thousand Acres, Firth took a comically sinister turn as Gwyneth Paltrow's intended husband in the 1998 Shakespeare in Love. The following year, he starred in two very different movies: My Life So Far, a tale of family dysfunction in the Scottish Highlands, and Fever Pitch, initially released in the U.K. in 1997, in which Firth played a rabid English football fan forced to choose between his love of the sport and the woman in his life.



Headlining the low-key comedy My Life So Far the following year, Firth's performance as the father of a family living in a post World War I British estate was only one of five roles that the busy actor would essay that particular year (including that of William Shakespeare in Blackadder Back and Forth). His finale of the year -- Donovan Quick -- offered a memorable updating of the legend of Don Quixote with Firth himself in the titular role. Firth's supporting role in the 2001 comedy Bridget Jones's Diary preceded a more weighty performance in the chilling drama Conspiracy, with the former earning him a BAFTA nomination and the latter an Emmy nod. Comic performances in Londinium (2001) and The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) found Firth continuing to maintain his reputation as one of England's most talented comic exports, and if his lead in 2003's

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Mercy
  • Donald Crowhurst
2017
76% Bridget Jones's Baby
  • Mark Darcy
2016
51% Genius
  • Max Perkins
2016
95% Eye In The Sky
  • Producer
2016
17% Gambit
  • Harry Deane
2016
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Harry Hart
2015
36% Before I Go to Sleep
  • Ben Lucas
2014
52% Magic in the Moonlight
  • Stanley
2014
24% Devil's Knot
  • Ron Lax
2014
67% The Railway Man
  • Eric Lomax
2014
20% Arthur Newman
  • Wallace Avery
2013
83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Bill Haydon
2011
13% Main Street
  • Gus Leroy
2011
No Score Yet King George VI: The Man Behind The King's Speech
  • Actor
2011
95% The King's Speech
  • King George 'Bertie' VI
2010
10% St Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold
  • Geoffrey Thwaites
2009
85% A Single Man
  • George Falconer
2009
6% The Accidental Husband
  • Richard Bratton
2009
54% Disney's A Christmas Carol
  • Fred
2009
43% Dorian Gray
  • Lord Henry Wooton
2009
51% Easy Virtue
  • Mr. Whittaker
2009
79% A Summer In Genoa
  • Joe
2009
No Score Yet The Meat Trade
  • Actor
2009
54% Mamma Mia!
  • Harry Bright
2008
73% When Did You Last See Your Father?
  • Blake Morrison
2008
31% St. Trinian's
  • Geoffrey Thwaites
2007
50% Then She Found Me
  • Frank Harte
2007
16% The Last Legion
  • Aurelius
2007
No Score Yet Celebration
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Born Equal
  • Actor
2006
73% Nanny McPhee
  • Cedric Brown
2006
41% Where the Truth Lies
  • Vince Collins
2005
27% Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
  • Mark Darcy
2004
29% Trauma
  • Ben
2004
72% Girl With a Pearl Earring
  • Johannes Vermeer
2004
63% Love Actually
  • Jamie
2003
No Score Yet Four Play
  • Actor
2003
35% What a Girl Wants
  • Henry Dashwood
2003
25% Hope Springs
  • Colin Ware
2003
58% The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Jack
2002
No Score Yet Londinium
  • Allen Portland
2001
No Score Yet We Know Where You Live
  • Actor
2001
81% Bridget Jones's Diary
  • Mark Darcy
2001
No Score Yet Conspiracy
  • Dr. Wilhelm Stuckart
2001
No Score Yet Turn of the Screw
  • The Master
2000
No Score Yet Relative Values
  • Peter
2000
No Score Yet Blackadder Back & Forth
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet The Secret Laughter of Women
  • Matthew Field
1999
No Score Yet Fever Pitch
  • Actor
1999
70% My Life So Far
  • Edward Pettigrew
1999
92% Shakespeare in Love
  • Lord Wessex
1998
23% A Thousand Acres
  • Jess Clark
1997
50% Fever Pitch
  • Paul Ashworth
1997
84% The English Patient
  • Geoffrey Clifton
1996
No Score Yet Nostromo
  • Actor
1996
75% The Advocate (The Hour of the Pig)
  • Richard Courtois
1994
78% Circle of Friends
  • Simon Westward
1994
No Score Yet Playmaker
  • Ross
1994
No Score Yet Hostages
  • McCarthy
1993
No Score Yet Femme Fatale
  • Joseph Prince
1990
54% Valmont
  • Valmont
1989
72% Apartment Zero
  • Adrian LeDuc
1989
No Score Yet Wings of Fame
  • Brian Smith
1989
No Score Yet This is My Africa
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Tumbledown
  • Robert Lawrence
1988
No Score Yet The Secret Garden
  • Adult Colin Craven
1987
No Score Yet A Month in the Country
  • Tom Birkin
1987
No Score Yet Lost Empires
  • Richard Herncastle
1987
No Score Yet Nineteen Nineteen
  • Young Alexander
1986
No Score Yet Dutch Girls
  • Truelove
1985
No Score Yet Camille
  • Armand Duval
1984
No Score Yet Another Country
  • Tommy Judd
1984
No Score Yet Donovan Quick
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
Inside the Actors Studio
1994
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Master Fitzwilliam Darcy Fitzwater Darcy
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Pride and Prejudice
1995
  • Fitzwilliam Darcy
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host

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