A classically trained British theatre actor, COLIN FIRTH (Harry) is a veteran of film, television and stage, with an impressive body of work spanning more than two decades. Firth’s versatility has been recognized in both dramas and comedies, garnering critical acclaim and awards including nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, an Emmy Award nomination and multiple BAFTA Award nominations. Firth is having a particularly prolific year, with four films scheduled for release this summer and several others in postproduction.
Then She Found Me surrounds a teacher in a midlife crisis, who reconnects with her biological mother whilst juggling a relationship with her ex-husband, played by Matthew Broderick, and a new interest, played by Firth. Then She Found Me was purchased for release by THINKFilm following the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released in New York and Los Angeles on April 25, with a wide release on May 9.
In June, Firth stars in Sony Classics’ film When Did You Last See Your Father? Firth and Jim Broadbent illustrate the complex relationship between a father and son on film, which is based on the best-selling memoir by Blake Morrison. The film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007. The film was released in the U.S. on June 6 and was released in the U.K. in 2007.
Firth has also recently wrapped production on Genova, directed by Michael Winterbottom. Firth stars opposite Catherine Keener in the film, which is a horror mystery story revolving around two American girls and their British father who move to Italy after their mother dies.
Also upcoming is the romantic comedy The Accidental Husband, starring Uma Thurman and directed by Griffin Dunne.
Firth has wrapped production on Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol, a 3-D-animated version of the classic Dickens tale starring Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman. The film is scheduled for release in 2009. He has also wrapped production on Easy Virtue, based on Noel Coward’s play. Firth stars opposite Jessica Biel and Ben Barnes in the film.
In 2005, Firth appeared in the film Nanny McPhee, written by, and also starring Emma Thompson. He also appeared in Atom Egoyan’s controversial film Where the Truth Lies, opposite Kevin Bacon. The film screened in competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2004, Firth starred in the Universal Pictures/Working Title hit Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Firth reprised his role as Mark Darcy, opposite Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant in the film, which is based on Helen Fielding’s best-selling novel. The film broke numerous box-office records internationally and grossed more than $250 million worldwide.
In 2004, Firth appeared in the Oscar®-nominated film Girl With a Pearl Earring, opposite Scarlett Johanssen. Based ob the best-selling novel by Tracy Chevalier, Firth portrayed the 17th-century artist Johannes Vermeer. Girl With a Pearl Earring screened at the Telluride Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Hollywood Film Festival, the London Film Festival and the San Sebastian International Film Festival. The film won both the Hitchcock d’Or and the Hitchcock d’Argent at the Dinard British Film Festival. Firth was nominated for a European Film Award for his performance in the film.
In 2003, Firth appeared in the Universal Pictures film Love Actually, written and directed by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill). He appeared in the film with an outstanding ensemble cast including Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney and Keira Knightley. At the time of its release, Love Actually broke box-office records as the highest-grossing British romantic comedy opening of all time in the U.K. and Ireland and was largest opening in the history of Working Title Films.
In 2002, Firth was seen starring opposite Rupert Everett, Reese Witherspoon and Judi Dench in the Miramax Film The Importance of Being Earnest. Prior to that, Firth appeared in the Academy Award®-winning film Shakespeare in Love, directed by John Madden. Firth portrayed Lord Wessex, the evil husband to Viola De Lesseps, played by Gwyneth Paltrow.
In 1996, Firth appeared in the multi-Oscar®-winning film The English Patient, opposite Kristin Scott Thomas and Ralph Fiennes. His other film credits include the Marc Evans thriller Trauma; What a Girl Wants; Hope Springs; Relative Values; A Thousand Acres, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange; Apartment Zero; My Life So Far; The Secret Laughter of Women; Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch; Circle of Friends; Playmaker; and the title role in Milos Forman’s Valmont, opposite Annette Bening.
On the small screen, Firth is infamous for his breakout role in 1995, when he played Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice,” for which he received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor and was honoured with the National Television Award for Most Popular Actor. Firth’s latest television appearance was in 2006 in the critically acclaimed BBC television movie Born Equal, directed by Dominic Savage (Out of Control). The film, which was shot with improvised dialogue, follows a wealthy businessman (Firth) as he struggles to help the less fortunate and finds himself inevitably drawn into their lives. In March 2004, Firth hosted NBC’s legendary series Saturday Night Live. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2001 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the critically acclaimed HBO film Conspiracy and has also received the Royal Television Society Best Actor Award and a BAFTA nomination for his performance in Tumbledown. His other television credits include Windmills on the Clyde: Making ‘Donovan Quick,’ Donovan Quick, Performance: The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd, Performance: The Deep Blue Sea, Hostages and the miniseries Nostromo. His London stage debut was in the West End production of Another Country, playing Bennett. He was then chosen to play the character Judd in the 1984 film adaptation, opposite Rupert Everett.
Firth is an active supporter of Oxfam International, an organization dedicated to fighting poverty and related injustice around the world. He is a co-director of Oxfam’s Progreso Cafés, a chain of coffee bars founded with the intention of creating fair-trade opportunities for coffee cooperatives in Ethiopia, Honduras and Indonesia. In 2006, Firth was voted European Campaigner of the Year by European Voice magazine.
Firth resides in London, England, with his wife, Livia Giuggioli, and their children.