Colin Firth: I can’t escape Mr Darcy

Colin Firth has confessed that he has found it hard to shake off the role of Mr Darcy.

Colin, who played the part in the 1995 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, reportedly said it is a ‘part-time burden’.

“It got my name recognised but it also put me in a box,” he told The Times.

“Twelve years on it feels like a school nickname you can’t shake. It occurred to me the other day to change my name to Mr Darcy and be done with it!”

He continued: “The frustration is anything I do not do on a horse looks like a stretch. When I did Fever Pitch, to get into my own jeans to play a guy living in North London where I lived – to play a character from my own background – people considered a stretch.

“Every single film since there’s been a scene where someone goes, ‘Well, you’ve just killed Mr Darcy’. But he is a figure that won’t die. He is wandering somewhere. I can’t control him.”