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By Alison Maloney

From his youth in Nigeria to rushing Mr. Darcy to a mantelpiece groaning with awards from The King's Speech—the first biography of 1 of our best actors
From the instant Colin Firth took at the position of Mr. Darcy within the 1995 BBC variation of Pride and Prejudice, rising from the lake in "that scene," he used to be set on a course from intercourse image to Hollywood celebrity. This first-ever biography discusses every one position in that trajectory, ranging from Hugh Grant's love rival in Bridget Jones, to an Oscar-nominated flip in A unmarried Man, to a portrayal of George VI within the King's Speech that has increased him to Hollywood royalty. It additionally lines the interior tale of his rift with Rupert Everett, his playful contention with Hugh furnish, his break out to Canada with Meg Tilly, the start in their first son and his heartbreak because the dating floundered, the passionate affair with Pride and Prejudice costar Jennifer Ehle, and his whirlwind romance together with his Italian spouse, Livia. interesting, revelatory, and suffused with Firth's personal dry wit, it is a must-read ebook on a desirable artist.

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You step out of faculty and right into a cultural void. There’s no song out of your a part of the area that makes you must weep into your beer. There’s been no creative revolution or sacrifice. One finally ends up casting round for credentials of a few variety, claiming a few kind of Celtic blood, craving to be a Delta bluesman – or in Nick’s case, Charlie George. i could be English, yet my sensibilities live in Rome. i could be center category, yet my granny comes from Brum. something simply to supply your self a bit substance. ’ Colin used to be in Rome with Livia while he first learn Fever Pitch and, once more, the idea of settling down crossed his brain. ‘It gave me a craving for England and this type of rootedness that Nick Hornby talks approximately – the type of rootedness you want to locate, since it isn't whatever you grew up with … I felt he wrote approximately Englishness now – my iteration – in a really unsentimental and but now not opposed or sour means. and that i came upon that fairly strange. ’ considering the brief nature of film-making, he sounded increasingly more wistful approximately placing down roots. ‘Making a movie is so self-contained that little or no else enters your consciousness,’ he advised the days. ‘Then it’s over, and the probabilities are that you'll by no means back see those that became all your lifestyles. a certain quantity of consistency is vital to a person, and i've discovered it tough being with no that as time is going on. ’ whereas Colin used to be working from the Darcy photograph, co-star Ruth Gemmell might rarely get the well-known rainy breeches out her brain. while signing up as Paul’s female friend Sarah within the motion picture, she had no thought who may take the lead function. ‘When i discovered out that used to be nerve-wracking sufficient. yet then whilst I needed to kiss him earlier than I’d slightly knew him, i used to be terrified,’ she informed the Sunday reflect. ‘But he’s so beautiful that he instantly placed me relaxed. ‘Like every body else I’d noticeable him in satisfaction and Prejudice and was once beautiful inspired. So the possibility of operating with him used to be frightening. yet i made a decision correct first and foremost that if I felt anxious concerning the love scenes i'd just inform him simply because he’s now not the type of guy who may imagine that was once humorous. ’ so that it will get to grasp one another a bit greater, Ruth and Colin met in a London pub and shared a couple of beverages. The frightened actress discovered her co-star effortless to speak to and was once quickly positioned comfortable. ‘We had a number of pints, swapped a number of tales and by means of the tip of it we knew how we have been going to play the characters,’ she remembered. ‘By the time the affection scenes came visiting he wasn’t the elusive Mr Darcy any further. He wasn’t even Colin the heart-throb. He used to be simply Colin. ’ She even confessed to falling asleep at the UK’s largest heart-throb – whereas they have been in mattress jointly. ‘He was once explaining the adaptation among the most efficient League and the national League, and I’m afraid I received a section bored and dropped off,’ she defined. ‘I understand it used to be a section impolite and the reality used to be I had really requested him. but if he began to inform me my eyes simply glazed over. ’ even though now not as obsessed with the attractive online game as Nick, Colin is a fan yet says he's extra a ‘watcher of the area Cup’ than a denizen of the terraces.

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