- 11:40 AM, Feb 20
A prolific, talented, and versatile actor capable of exhibiting fine portrayals equally on stage or on screen, Colin Andrew Firth surely has positioned himself to be one of the most extraordinary actors Britain ever has. Born into an academic family on September 10, 1960 in Grayshott, Hampshire, England, Colin is the second son of David Norman Lewis Firth and Shirley Jean who both were actively involved in missionary works aside from their profession as lecturers. Spending his early life in different parts of the world, such as Nigeria and USA, to follow his parents carrying out their jobs, he grew up with a profound interest in portraying characters, a fondness he had developed for years since his initial performance at infant school. Already fixed his mind to pursue an acting career at the age of 14, the 18-years-old teen then recklessly gave up his college study and left his family in Winchester, England, to join London's Drama Centre in which he honed his craft 6 days a week for 3 years.
Managed to earn lead roles in the institution's stage productions of "Tartuffe", "King Lear", and "Cat on A Hot Tin Roof", Colin marked his years there with a brilliant performance as the title character in Shakespeare's "Hamlet." It was through this particular enactment that he was spotted by a talent scout who afterwards helped him to land his West End debut in "Another Country" which was presented at Queen's Theatre by 1983. Also starred in the 1984 film adaptation of the play together with Rupert Everett, this dark-haired guy then spent the rest of 1980s to appear in either small or big screen features. Most notable of these probably was the BBC's TV movie entitled "Tumbledown" (1989) for not only he gained the Best Actor credit from the Royal Television Society, but also was nominated in the same category at Britain's prestigious film event of BAFTA Awards, both in 1989.
Running his acting career steadily throughout the '90s, Colin satisfyingly encountered his big break by the year 1995 when he made national sensation through his portrayal of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy in another BBC's production of "Pride and Prejudice" (1995), scoring another BAFTA Awards' Best Actor nomination in 1996. Became a smash hit across the country, this mini-series consequently directed the stunning actor to receive national recognition while also smoothened his way to secure the role of Geoffrey Clifton in