Colin Andrew Firth was born on September 10, 1960, in Grayshott, Hampshire, England.
One of three siblings born to parents David and Shirley Firth—who were working as academic lecturers in Nigeria, Africa, at the time of Colin's birth—Colin and his family lived in Nigeria until he was 4 years old, and then settled in England.
Firth's family, loving but poor, tried to instill an intellectual curiousity in their children.
That academic interest all but disappeared when Colin began attending King's School in a tough area near his Hampshire, England, home.
To avoid beatings and bullying from the kids at school, Firth adopted the rough, local accent of his fellow classmates and began feigning disinterest in school.
Studying six days a week for three years, Firth cut his teeth in a variety of plays, including .Chosen to replace Daniel Day-Lewis, who had in turn taken the role over from Rupert Everett, Firth shined at the Queen's Theatre.After seeing Firth perform the role, Everett decided Firth would be well-suited to the film adaptation of the play.Everett had already signed on to play the role of Guy Bennett in the big-screen version, and helped Firth land a co-starring role as Tommy Judd. The performance earned accolades and rave reviews in England and was quickly exported to the United States, where he earned even greater fame as a heartthrob.Firth was nominated for Best Actor awards by BAFTA and National Television, which opened the doors for more mainstream movie productions., Firth reprised his Mr. The success in the film continued his streak of well-received performances in high-grossing films.He also earned another BAFTA award nomination for his performance.Firth received his first Emmy nomination for his role in the HBO film, .Directed by Tom Hooper, the film focused on George VI's crippling speech problem and susbsequent therapy.For his performance in the acclaimed film, Firth won the Oscar for best performance by an actor in a leading role at the 2011 Academy Awards.The actor went on to land roles in such films as Firth married director Livia Giuggioli on June 21, 1997.The couple resides in Chiswick, London, with their two sons, Luca (2001) and Mateo (2003).