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Colin Firth is an actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2011 for the film The King's Speech.
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He also made his American movie debut that same year, in Valmont.
But Firth's breakthrough role didn't come until 1995, when he was cast at Mr. Darcy in the BBC production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The performance earned accolades and rave reviews in England and was quickly exported to the United States, where he earned even greater fame as a heartthrob. Firth was nominated for Best Actor awards by BAFTA and National Television,
which opened the doors for more mainstream movie productions.
Firth received his first Emmy nomination for his role in the HBO film, Conspiracy, in 2001. Riding off the wave of success over the last couple of years, he continued to appear in a string of mainstream movies, including the popular Love Actually (2003), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), Mamma Mia! (2008) and A Christmas Carol (2009). In his most critically-acclaimed role yet, Colin Firth starred in 2009's A Single Man. The film, led by first-time director Tom Ford, earned many accolades. Firth was also recognized with Academy Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations.
On June 21, 1997, Colin Firth married director Livia Giuggioli. The couple resides in Chiswick, London, with their two sons, Luca (2001) and Mateo (2003). Firth has a third son, William, from a previous relationship with actress Meg Tilly.
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