Colin Firth has undoubtedly cemented his place in the list of the best actors ever to come out of Britain. The prolific, versatile, and talented actor can portray any role on screen or the stage. His dignified personality and attractive looks make him a perfect fit for historical dramas.
Colin was born on 10th September 1960 in the village of Grayshott in Hampshire. Both of his parents were lecturers and had to move around the world because of professional transfers continually. He spent a significant part of his childhood in Nigeria. After his return to Britain, Colin found it very difficult to adapt to the new schooling environment. His classmates used to bully him a lot, due to which he lost all his interest in school and studies
Early Career and Struggle
Colin got interested in acting from a very young age and started attending acting classes at the age of 10. At 14, he became certain in his mind that he is going to make acting his professional career. He left his college to get into drama center in London, where he worked on his acting skills for the next three years.
While studying at London’s drama center, Colin started working as an actor in stage plays. While playing the role of Hamlet during one of these stage plays, he caught the attention of Julian Mitchell, the renowned playwright. Julian gave him the role of Tommy Judd in the play, ‘Another Country’ in the year 1983. Colin made his debut in films with the same role of Tommy Judd in the play’s big-screen adaptation, the following year. In 1988, he played the role of the famous soldier, Robert Lawrence, in the drama titled, ‘Tumbledown,’ for which he received a lot of appreciation from the critics.
He finally got his due fame and recognition in 1995, when he got the chance to play the role of Mr. Darcy in the small screen adaptation of the film ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ He was praised by the fans and critics alike for his outstanding performance. The role of Mr. Darcy gave him a lot of popularity among the female audiences, because of which many offers of similar roles started coming his way. He tried hard to get out of this ‘sex symbol’ image but couldn’t, for years.
Like 1995, 2009 also came in as another turning point in his career. In the directorial debut of Tom Ford, Colin played the role of a professor, who is depressed because of the death of his gay partner. He left audiences spellbound with his unbelievable performance and won a lot of awards for this role. This movie also helped him break his typecast image of being a ‘sex symbol’ and came through as one of the best actors in the world. The following year, Colin came up with another tremendous performance in the movie ‘The King’s Speech,’ in which he played the role of King George VI. He won his only academy award for his performance in the movie.