In the 2009 film, A Single Man, Colin Firth plays George Falconer, a British ex-pat living in Los Angeles and teaching English at the local university. A homosexual, George is trying to cope with the recent loss of his lover of sixteen years, Jim. The setting is 1962, and homosexuality is taboo. In fact, Jim’s family had no intention of letting George know Jim had passed, and George was not welcome at Jim’s funeral.
Troubled and alone, George prepares to take his own life, and in the process he reflects back on his life with Jim. The entire film takes place in one day, as George spends his last hours with a small selection of people who affect his life in different ways.
Born September 10th, 1960 in Hampshire, England, Colin Firth is the son of two college professors. Firth spent much of his early childhood in Africa and in the care of his grandparents, who were Methodist missionaries. Upon returning to England, Firth enrolled in the Drama Centre in Chalk Farm, where his career in acting took hold.
Beginning in 1983, Firth was an up and coming actor and part of the group called the “Brit Pack.” Firth began picking up larger roles in television and film, until landing the role of Mr. Darcy in 1995’s Pride and Prejudice.
A talented actor, Colin Firth began collecting awards in more recent years. Among his honours, Firth has received an Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe for Best Actor, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and he earned both a BAFTA Award and the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for his portrayal of George in A Single Man.
As a member of the Brit Pack in his early career, Firth was on the track towards much success, just like his contemporaries. One of his earliest roles was as Julian Mitchell, a gay schoolboy in the 1983 production Another Country. Firth later moved into film, starring alongside great actors such as Sir Laurence Olivier in Lost Empires.
In 1995, Firth played one of his most famous roles, Mr. Darcy form the Jane Austen adaptation, Pride and Prejudice. He followed this role up with a caricature of Darcy in Bridget Jones’s Diary. Other works included Shakespeare in Love, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Fever Pitch.
Firth tried his hand at musicals in 2008’s film Mamma Mia! Following this venture, he began picking up award-winning roles such as that of George in A Single Man and his incredible performance as King George VI in The King’s Speech.