Colin Firth: The English gent is a myth

Colin Firth has claimed the sterotypical English gentleman he is famous for playing does not really exist.

The 50-year-old British actor – who was born in Grayshott, Hampshire and lives in West London with his Italian wife Livia – also told The Hollywood Reporter that at times he had felt more American than English.

Colin, famous for starring as Mr Darcy in Pride And Prejudice and charmer Mark Darcy in the Bridget Jones films, said: “It’s true, I’m very associated with this English stereotype, but I don’t think that exists except in the roles I play.”

The Love Actually star – who was nominated for an Oscar for playing a lonely gay professor in A Single Man last year and is tipped for another Oscar nod for his role as George VI in The King’s Speech – said he sometimes felt closer to America than his own country.

Colin revealed: “I don’t feel planted here. I feel very connected to America. My mother grew up there and I spent a year in high school in the US.

“Growing up, I felt almost American in lots of ways.”

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