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Biography #2 (for Love Actually)A classically trained British theatre actor, Colin Firth is a veteran of numerous television and film roles. In 2001, he charmed American audiences when he starred opposite Reneé Zellweger in the hit British comedy Bridget Jones's Diary. In the film, he portrayed Mark Darcy, the man who rivaled Hugh Grant for Bridget's affections. He 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 nomination for Best Actor and legions of female admirers.
His upcoming projects include the film Girl with a Pearl Earring, which is based on the best-selling novel by Tracy Chevalier. Colin stars as the mysterious 17th Century artist Johannes Vermeer, who painted a beautiful peasant girl wearing his wife's pearl earrings. The film also stars Scarlett Johansson and Tom Wilkinson, and is scheduled for release this December. Girl with a Pearl Earring has been selected to screen at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals this fall.
In 2002, he was seen starring opposite Rupert Everett and Reese Witherspoon in The Importance of Being Earnest. In 1998, Firth starred in Shakespeare in Love, where he portrayed Lord Wessex, the evil fiancée to Viola, Gwyneth Paltrow's character. In 1997, he starred in A Thousand Acres with Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange, and in 1996, The English Patient, opposite Kristen Scott Thomas and Ralph Fiennes. His other film credits include Hope Springs, Relative Values, My Life So Far, The Secret Laughter of Women, Fever Pitch, Circle of Friends, Playmaker and the title role in Valmont.
In 1989, he received the Royal Television Society Best Actor Award, as well as a BAFTA nomination for his work in the TV production Tumbledown. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2001 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the critically acclaimed HBO film Conspiracy. His other television credits include Windmills on the Clyde: Making Donovan Quick, Donovan Quick, The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd, Deep Blue Sea, Hostages and the mini-series Nostromo. His London stage debut was in the West End production of Another Country playing Bennett. He was then chosen to play the character of Judd in the 1984 film adaptation opposite Rupert Everett.