This English actor rose to fame after playing the iconic Mr. Darcy back in 1995 for the television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Since his rise to stardom, Firth has been apart of many more amazing projects like the King’s Speech which earned him an Oscar and multiple worldwide best actor awards, a main role in The Bridget Jones’s Diary, A Single Man, the holiday classic Love Actually and Mamma Mia! Firth was a part of the “Brit Pack” back in the ’80s until he rose to fame as Mr. Darcy. Today, he’s grossed more than $3 billion from 42 of his films releases and has become one of the most sought after actors. In honor of his 56th birthday and the upcoming release of his newest film, Bridget Jones’s Baby, here’s a list of 9 things you didn’t know about Colin Firth!
9. Grew Up in Nigeria
Firth was born in the village of Grayshott near Surrey and Hampshire. His mother, Shirley Jean was a comparative religion lecturer at King Alfred’s College (now the University of Winchester) and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth was a history lecturer at the same school and education officer for the Nigerian Government. Colin has two siblings who were are also actors. His younger sister, Kate is a stage actress and voice coach while his brother, Jonathan is an actor. Firth moved to Nigeria when he was only a few weeks old because his parents both taught in Africa. He lived there until he was 4 and then the family moved back to Hampshire, then later lived in the Unites States until he was about 10. During all this moving around, Firth developed a strong interest in acting. “I did a pantomime when I was 5, and everyone loved it,” he said. At the age of 10 he was doing drama workshops and at 14 he was set on pursuing a career in acting.