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Too-cute teaser trailer for 'Paddington' released

Too-cute teaser trailer for 'Paddington' released

LONDON, March 5 (UPI) -- An adorable teaser trailer for the film "Paddington" brings the beloved bear to life.
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'Love Actually 2' updates fans on where the characters are today

'Love Actually 2' updates fans on where the characters are today

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A faux movie trailer called "Love Actually 2" shows what the original film's stars have been doing since the British Christmas comedy debuted a decade ago.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Prince William, Taylor Swift sing backup for Jon Bon Jovi

Prince William, Taylor Swift sing backup for Jon Bon Jovi

LONDON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Britain's Prince William and U.S. country music star Taylor Swift sang "Livin' on a Prayer" with rocker Jon Bon Jovi at a London charity event.
Taylor Swift thinks Prince William is 'awesome,' 'very funny'

Taylor Swift thinks Prince William is 'awesome,' 'very funny'

Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift was among the celebrities who jetted to Kensington Palace Tuesday night to partake in the evening's Winter Whites Gala in Aid of Centrepoint.
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'Bridget Jones' screenwriter surprised by Mark Darcy's death

'Bridget Jones' screenwriter surprised by Mark Darcy's death

NEW YORK, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- British filmmaker Richard Curtis insists he, too, was shocked to hear his longtime friend, author Helen Fielding, killed off the beloved Mark Darcy character in her "Bridget Jones" book series.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Colin Firth to lend his voice to Paddington Bear

Colin Firth to lend his voice to Paddington Bear

LONDON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- British film star Colin Firth is to lend his voice to the animated character of Paddington Bear in an upcoming live-action family film, the BBC reported.

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Adele may play villain in thriller 'The Secret Service'

Adele may play villain in thriller 'The Secret Service'

LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- British soul singer Adele is in talks to make her film acting debut in an upcoming espionage thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Firth, The Sun said.
Helen Hunt to direct self in big-screen drama 'Ride'

Helen Hunt to direct self in big-screen drama 'Ride'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. actress and filmmaker Helen Hunt is to direct herself in "Ride," a big-screen drama she also wrote and produced, Deadline.com reported.
Enormous Colin Firth statue installed in London lake

Enormous Colin Firth statue installed in London lake

LONDON, July 8 (UPI) -- A 12-foot-tall fiberglass statue of Colin Firth as his "Pride and Prejudice" character Mr. Darcy has been installed in the boating lake of London's Hyde Park.
Eileen Atkins joins cast of Woody Allen's latest film

Eileen Atkins joins cast of Woody Allen's latest film

NEW YORK, July 2 (UPI) -- Woody Allen says Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden and Hamish Linklater have joined the cast of the unnamed movie he is shooting in the south of France.
'Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy' set for October release

'Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy' set for October release

NEW YORK, May 28 (UPI) -- British author Helen Fielding has announced "Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy" will be published in October.
Matthew Rhys to play Mr. Darcy in 'Death Comes to Pemberley'

Matthew Rhys to play Mr. Darcy in 'Death Comes to Pemberley'

LONDON, May 27 (UPI) -- Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin and Matthew Goode are to star in a British television version of P.D. James' book "Death Comes to Pemberley," Deadline said.
Colin Firth, Emma Stone to star in Woody Allen's next film

Colin Firth, Emma Stone to star in Woody Allen's next film

NEW YORK, May 6 (UPI) -- Colin Firth and Emma Stone are heading to France this summer to star in filmmaker Woody Allen's new, untitled comedy, producers announced.

Colin Firth, Emily Blunt deny roles in 'Murder Mystery'

LOS ANGELES, April 26 (UPI) -- The agency for Colin Firth and Emily Blunt denied Friday the British actors were signed to be in a European comedy whodunit film called "Murder Mystery."
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Colin Andrew Firth, CBE (born 10 September 1960) is a British film, television, and theatre actor. Firth gained wide public attention in the 1990s for his portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the 1995 television adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. In 2011, Firth received an Academy Award for his portrayal of King George VI in The King's Speech, a performance that also earned him the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. The previous year, he received his first Academy Award nomination, for his leading role in A Single Man, a performance that won him a BAFTA Award. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.

Firth was born in England. His mother, Shirley Jean (née Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at King Alfred's College Winchester (now the University of Winchester), and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, was a history lecturer (also at King Alfred's) and education officer for the Nigerian Government. Firth has a sister, Kate, and a younger brother, Jonathan, who is also an actor. Firth's parents were raised in India, because his maternal grandparents, Congregationalist ministers, and his paternal grandfather, an Anglican priest, performed missionary work abroad. Firth spent part of his childhood in Nigeria, where his father was teaching.

He lived in St. Louis, Missouri when he was 11. He later attended the Montgomery of Alamein Secondary School (now Kings' School), a state comprehensive school in Winchester, Hampshire, and then Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh, Hampshire. While in Kings' School, he wanted to play the guitar, but the school banned the guitar and saxophone, as they were "not serious instruments", and he was told to play the euphonium instead. His acting training took place at the Drama Centre London.

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