Colin Firth was born on 10th September 1960 in Hampshire, the son of university lecturers. He has one sister and his brother, Jonathan, is also an actor. Colin studied at the Drama Centre London after attending college in Eastleigh, Hampshire.
His career began with a number of small stage, television and film roles including a role in the West End stage production of ‘Another Country’ in 1983, then taking a different role in the film version the following year. He appeared alongside Laurence Olivier in ‘Lost Empires’ in 1986 and with Kenneth Branagh in ‘A Month in the Country’ in 1987.
It was the role of Mr Darcy in the BBC’s adaptation of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ in 1995 that has brought him to the public’s attention. He dyed his hair a darker shade to appear more brooding and it worked. For many fans, Colin is the ultimate Mr Darcy. When Helen Fielding created the character of Bridget Jones, she made her a Colin Firth fan and gave Bridget her own Mr Darcy. When the film version of ‘Bridget Jones Diary’ was made, Colin was cast as Mark Darcy.
He continues to appear in commercially successful films including ‘Love Actually’ in 2003 and ‘Mamma Mia’ in 2008.
Colin has a son with actress Meg Tilly who he met while making ‘Valmont’ in 1989. He is now married to Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli and they have two sons together. The family divide their time between London and Italy.