From Kingsman to Dancing Queen, here are five of Colin Firth’s most iconic roles
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With his 35-year acting career continuing to flourish, Colin Firth is recognised globally as one of the greats. The past three and a half decades have seen him win numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor, as well as tackle some of ABBA’s greatest hits. Whilst his most iconic role is arguably as Mr. Darcy in the BBC TV miniseries Pride and Prejudice, Firth has transformed into countless other classic film roles; ones that have cemented him in the hearts of film viewers of all ages. In celebration of his 58th birthday, here are five of Colin Firth’s most iconic film roles. 5. King George VI – The King’s Speech (2010) Earning him his first, and so far only, Oscar, The King’s Speech sees Firth step into the shoes of one of Britain’s beloved monarchs. Suddenly made King after his brother’s abdication, King George must take on all aspects of his new role, including addressing the public. However, struggling with a severe stammer, he fears he cannot fulfil his responsibilities so his wife, Elizabeth, enlists the help of speech therapist Lionel Logue. Firth tackles such a prestigious role with ease. Despite playing a person held in such high regard, Firth’s performance makes for a relatable and very ‘human’ character. The challenges of job pressure and overcoming personal hurdles are proven to be universal, even for royalty. A triumphant performance of silent strength and resilience, Firth brings this story of British heritage to life. 4. Harry Hart – Kingsman: The Secret Service/The Golden Circle (2014-2017) From King to Kingsman, this franchise sees Firth play an equally gentlemanly role but one with a different kind of fight in him. Whilst The King’s Speech sees Firth tackle inner strength, the Kingsman films see him turn physical as secret agent Harry Hart. Living by his motto ‘manners maketh man’, Harry only engages in physical combat when necessary. Harry has the classic Firth flair of charm and class but takes the actor down a refreshingly action-packed route alongside his new protégé Eggsy. Seeing Harry take Eggsy under his wing means this role sees Firth as caring, charismatic and absolutely no-nonsense.
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