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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 would then go on to star in the popular English miniseries Lost Empires in 1986. The actor earned his first awards for his portrayal of a paralyzed soldier in the television movie, Tumbledown, in 1989. He earned a Royal Television Society award, among others, for his performance. 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's next role was in the Academy Award-winning film The English Patient (1996), which earned him more fame and accolades from critics and fans alike. In 1998, he held a prominent role in yet another Oscar-winning blockbuster, Shakespeare in Love. With his appearance in 2001's Bridget Jones' Diary, Firth reprised his Mr. Darcy role in a more contemporary setting. The success in the film continued his streak of well-received performances in high-grossing films. He also earned another BAFTA award nomination for his performance.
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 2009, Firth starred as George in A Single Man. The film, led by first-time director Tom Ford, earned many accolades. Firth was also recognized with Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations.
In 2010, however, Firth would star in his most critically acclaimed role yet: As King George VI in The King's Speech. Directed by Tom Hooper, the film focused on George VI's crippling speech problem and susbequent therapy. For his performance in the acclaimed film, Firth won the Oscar for best performance by an actor in a leading role at the 2011 Academy Awards.
The actor went on to land roles in such films as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Arthur Newman (2012), Devil's Knot (2013) and Before I Go to Sleep (slated to be released in 2014).
Firth married director Livia Giuggioli on June 21, 1997. 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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