Colin Firth honored with Star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
WHO: Colin Firth
Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
2,429th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Motion Pictures
at 6714 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Pig n’ Whistle British Pub
Thursday, January 13, 2011
A classically-trained British theater actor, Colin Firth is a veteran of film, television and theater, with an impressive body of work spanning over three decades. Firth won the BAFTA Award in 2010 for his performance in Tom Ford’s “A Single Man,” which also earned him nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Firth received international critical acclaim for his starring role as ‘George Falconer’ in “A Single Man,” based on Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel, including being honored with the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. He also garnered the Performance of the Year Award at the 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, as well as the London Critics Circle Film Award for British Actor of the Year.
Firth is currently starring in the feature film “The King’s Speech” as King George VI, father of the current Queen Elizabeth II, who reluctantly assumes the throne after his brother, Edward VIII, abdicates. King George VI struggles to overcome a nervous stammer with the help of a speech therapist, played by Geoffrey Rush. “The King’s Speech” was released by The Weinstein Company this past November.
In 2008, Firth was also seen in Universal Pictures’ global smash hit ABBA musical “Mamma Mia!” The film grossed more than half a billion dollars around the world and has become the highest grossing film of all time in the UK. The same year, Firth was seen in “Then She Found Me,” written and directed by Helen Hunt. He also starred in the Sony Pictures Classics films “When Did You Last See Your Father?” and “Easy Virtue,” based on the Noel Coward play and directed by Stephan Elliott.
His other films include: “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” “Love Actually,” “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Shakespeare in Love," "The English Patient," “Where the Truth Lies,” “Trauma,” “Nanny McPhee,” “What a Girl Wants,” "A Thousand Acres," “Apartment Zero,” "My Life So Far," Nick Hornby’s "Fever Pitch," "Circle of Friends," "Playmaker" and “Valmont.”
On the small screen, Firth 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 the National Television Award for Most Popular Actor. Firth’s latest television appearance was in 2006 in the critically-acclaimed BBC television movie “Born Equal” directed by Dominic Savage (“Out of Control”). In March 2004, Firth hosted NBC’s legendary series “Saturday Night Live.” He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2001 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the critically-acclaimed HBO film "Conspiracy" and also received the Royal Television Society Best Actor Award and a BAFTA nomination for his performance in "Tumbledown." 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 Benett. He was then chosen to play the character Judd in the 1984 film adaptation opposite Rupert Everett.
Firth is an active supporter of Oxfam International, an organization dedicated to fighting poverty and related injustice around the world. In 2008 he was named Philanthropist of the Year by The Hollywood Reporter. In 2006, Firth was voted European Campaigner of the Year by the EU.
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