->"Colin Firth is not laughing. [[StiffUpperLip He's British]]."
-->-- '''Creator/KirkDouglas''' at the 83rd UsefulNotes/{{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 UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for ''Literature/ASingleMan'' and widespread acclaim for his work as King George VI in ''TheKingsSpeech'' which earned him the UsefulNotes/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)
* Harry Deane in ''Film/{{Gambit}}'' (2012)
* 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''.]]