Colin Firth has been my favorite actor since I first saw him in a movie about 10 years ago. After seeing him in Bridget Jones's Diary, I sought out the DVDs of his earlier films, such as Pride and Prejudice, Valmont, The Advocate, and others. Since then, I frequently splurge and see his films when they first come out in the theaters.
Colin Firth has a broad range of acting skills and has performed in a variety of diverse roles:
a wealthy 19th century gentleman, in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice,
a gay college professor living in Los Angeles, in A Single Man,
a father of a modern teenager, in What A Girl Wants,
a love interest of Rene Zellwegger, in both Bridget Jones movies,
a widower with seven children in Nanny McPhee, and
17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, in Girl with a Pearl Earring.
While he has received much critical acclaim and many awards in the UK and Europe, this year he will receive recognition from the prestigious motion picture organizations in the United States.
Already in 2011, he is getting widespread acclaim for his portrayal of George VI in The King's Speech. For this role he has received a Golden Globe Award for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture and similar award from the Screen Actor's Guild. Colin is heavily favored to win the Academy Award for Best Actor on February 27, 2011. He also received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in January.
In addition to being a great actor, Colin Firth is socially conscious and respectful to his fans and craft. He is a partner in Eco Age, a shop in London which specializes in environmentally friendly products.
Colin seems to be quite fit for his 50 years of age. I expect that he will remain on the motion picture scene for a long time, and will act in many more great roles.