->"Colin Firth is not laughing. [[StiffUpperLip He's British]]."
-->-- '''Creator/KirkDouglas''' at the 83rd {{Academy Award}}s

'''Colin Andrew Firth''' [[KnightFever CBE]] (born 1960) is a handsome British actor known for his ability in both comedy and drama (and for being very [[RuleOfThree handsome]]). After a youthful career of small roles, fame finally arrived following his performance as Mr. Darcy in the acclaimed 1995 BBC miniseries based on Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', which made women swoon all over the world. Some notable supporting roles in films were to follow, including ''Film/TheEnglishPatient'' and ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'', both of which featured the rare event of his character losing in a love triangle (to one of the Fiennes brothers, in each case; perhaps they're his kryptonite). Real film stardom came with 2001's ''[[Literature/BridgetJones Bridget Jones's Diary]]'', where he basically reprised his role as Mr. Darcy for the 21st century. In the following decade, Firth became a fixture of both romantic comedies and some smaller, more serious films. By the end of the decade, he had decisively established himself as a serious actor, with an AcademyAward nomination for ''Literature/ASingleMan'' and widespread acclaim for his work as King George VI in ''TheKingsSpeech'' which earned him the AcademyAward for Best Actor, as well as just about every other major acting award.

He has gained an [[SixDegreesOfKevinBacon Erdos-Bacon number]] of 7 after [[http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822%2811%2900289-2 commissioning a study looking into the differences between the brains of conservatives versus liberal politicians]].

He has been married to Italian producer/director Livia Giuggioli since 1997.

!! The notable films of Colin Firth include:

* Geoffrey Clifton in ''TheEnglishPatient'' (1996)
* Lord Wessex in ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'' (1998)
* Mark Darcy in ''[[Literature/BridgetJones Bridget Jones's Diary]]'' (2001)
* Wilhelm Stuckart in ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'' (2001)
* John Worthington in ''TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'' (2002)
* Henry Dashwood in ''WhatAGirlWants'' (2003)
* Creator/JohannesVermeer in ''Film/GirlWithAPearlEarring'' (2003)
* Jamie Bennett in ''LoveActually'' (2003)
* Mark Darcy in ''[[Literature/BridgetJones Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason]]'' (2004)
* Vince in ''Film/WhereTheTruthLies'' (2005)
* Cedric Brown in ''Film/NannyMcPhee'' (2005)
* Aurelius in ''Film/TheLastLegion'' (2007)
* Harry in ''Film/MammaMia'' (2008)
* Lord Henry Wotton in ''[[Film/ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian Gray]]'' (2009)
* George in ''Film/ASingleMan'' (2009)
* Fred in ''Film/AChristmasCarol2009'' (2009)
* King George VI in ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'' (2010)
* Bill Haydon in ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy'' (2011)
* Ben Lucas in ''Film/BeforeIGoToSleep'' (2014) [[spoiler: Actual name revealed to be Mike]]
* Harry Hart/Galahad in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' (2015)

!! Tropes related to Colin Firth:

* AwesomeDearBoy: He played Harry Hart in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' because it gave him the chance to play a suave, James Bond-type action hero in an absolutely balls-to-the-wall comedy that hangs a lampshade on practically every spy-movie trope.
* BettyAndVeronica: Is almost always the Betty.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Especially pronounced in ''TheKingsSpeech''.
* PlayingAgainstType: Before ''Kingsman'' the Firth's best known fight scenes were the schoolboy ones in the ''Bridget Jones'' films (he also had extensive fight scenes in the lesser-known ''Film/TheLastLegion''). He kicks loads of ass as Harry Hart and looks totally convincing doing so.
** He also plays a [[spoiler:manipulative, abusive psychopath BigBad in ''Film/BeforeIGoToSleep''.]]