Colin Firth Profile
Birth Date:September 10, 1960
Birth Place:Grayshott, Hampshire, England, U.K.
Attended Montgomery of Alamein Secondary School in Winchester, Hampshire, England
Attended Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh, Hampshire.
Attended London's Drama Centre
Colin Firth was born on Sept. 10, 1960, the son of academic lecturers who raised their young family in Nigeria for four years before settling in England. Firth seemed unlikely to follow in his family's footsteps and by his early teens, had developed a keen interest in acting, partially inspired by British great Paul Scofield and his performance in "A Man for All Seasons" (1966). Firth began dramatic studies with the National Youth Theatre at 18 and went on to make a significant impression at The Drama Centre London. Fresh out of that program, Firth was surprised to find himself cast as the lead in a West End production of Julian Mitchell's "Another Country," replacing Daniel Day-Lewis in the role of upper class spy-in-the-making, Guy Bennett. Over the next decade, Firth enjoyed a steady if low-profile living as an actor, making his screen debut in the 1984 film version of "Another Country" and sticking close to his stage roots in George Bernard Shaw's "The Doctor's Dilemma" and "The Lonely Road," a psychological family drama that earned Firth critical notice. Dipping his t in romantic lead territory, he co-starred opposite Greta Scacchi in a small screen remake of George Cukor's "Camille" (CBS, 1984), and anchored the 1986 British miniseries "Lost Empires," playing a touring entertainer in early 20th century England. He solidified his standing as an actor of substance and heady range with a return to the London stage in Eugene O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms."
Firth showcased his darker side in "A Month in the Country (1987), where he essayed a haunted World War I veteran who romances a vicar's wife, and "Apartment Zero" (1988), a rare contemporary role where he made an impression as a lonely and sheltered film lover whose life is changed when he takes in a mysterious American boarder. In 1989, he earned his first acting awards, including one from the Royal Television Society, for his portrayal of paralyzed soldier Robert Lawrence in the TV biopic, "Tumbledown." Later in the year Milos Forman's "Valmont" (1989) marked Firth's entry into the American studio film world, and he was both appealing and appalling as the rich and too clever 18th century count in the adaptation of the classic French novel Les Liasons Dangereuses. Unfortunately, the film was overshadowed by the previous year's lavish take on the same material, "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988).