Colin Andrew Firth (born 10 September 1960) is a British actor. Firth was born in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. He has been acting since 1983. He became well-known when he played Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. He played Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones's Diary and its sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as King George VI in The King's Speech. Firth has also received several BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. Firth is also a writer and political activist.