Colin Firth is a vastly famous actor across the globe especially, for his roles in period pieces. The English actor has starred in more than 65 films and a whopping number of 25 TV shows.
Firth has been awarded numerous awards and accolades throughout his career including Academy Award. In this article, we will present you with a list of the 10 best movies and TV shows that feature Colin Firth.
- Kingsman Series
The Kingsman film series is immensely popular for its fast-paced action and thrilling adventures. The series consists of three movies- Kingsman: The Secret Service, released in 2014, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, released in 2017 and The King’s Man, released in 2021.
The movies are action spy comedies and have been acclaimed for their crisp screenplay and gripping narratives.
Colin Firth plays Harry Hart, a prominent character in the first two films. His character does not return for the third film The King’s Man but since the films continue the same narrative, the final installment must not be eschewed.
- The King’s Speech
Undoubtedly one of the finest films in Colin Firth’s acting career, The King’s Speech is a spectacle to be experienced. The film is a historical drama portraying the endeavors of psychologically scarred King George VI to overcome his stammering problem with the help of a speech therapist and make himself worthy enough to lead his country through the second World War.
Colin Firth was highly acclaimed for his portrayal of George VI in the film and was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor for the same. The King’s Speech is directed by Tom Hooper and was released in 2010.
It is rated an admirable 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and 8 on IMDb.
- Bridget Jones Series
Like Kingsman, the Bridget Jones film series includes three films. Bridget Jones’s Diary was released in 2001, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason in 2004, and Bridget Jones’s Baby in 2016. The films are romantic comedies and were vastly popular at the time of their release.
Colin Firth stars in all three films as Mark Darcy, a prominent character. The first and the last installment in the series are directed by Sharon Maguire while the second film is directed by Beeban Kidron.
The Bridget Jones series promises to provide good laughter and a beguiling experience to the viewers.
- Pride and Prejudice
Though Colin Firth has starred in several laudable TV series, nothing reaches the bar that Pride and Prejudice had set. Adapted from Jane Austen’s novel of the same name, this one-season epic is an extravaganza.
Colin Firth stars in this period piece as one of the protagonists, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. The show was aired from 29 October 1995 to 24 September 1995 and contains 6 episodes.
Directed by Simon Langton, Pride and Prejudice was critically acclaimed and received numerous awards. Colin Firth was highly appreciated for his portrayal of Mr. Darcy, elevating him to stardom. IMDb rates the show at 8.8.
- A Single Man
Adapted from the novel by Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man presents before the audience a grief-stricken college professor, George, who wishes to kill himself after his partner of 16 years passes away. George is portrayed by none other than Colin Firth in the film.
Released in 2009, the film marked the directorial debut of Tom Ford. Upon its release, A Single Man was widely lauded by critics and general audiences alike. Firth, once again, was extolled for his performance in the lead.
The romance drama is rated 86% on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.5 on IMDb.
- The Staircase
The most recent addition to Colin Firth’s list of TV shows is The Staircase which was aired from 5 May 2022 to 9 June 2022. It is a crime fiction miniseries consisting of 8 episodes. Based on a true series, the series explores the life of Michael Peterson, his sprawling N.C. family, and the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen.
Michael Peterson is played by Colin Firth. The series is directed by Antonio Campos and Leigh Janiak and is rated at an admirable 92%.
- Another Country
Directed by Marek Kanievska, Another Country is based on Julian Mitchell’s play of the same name. Set in the 1930s in England, the film is a romantic drama. Colin Firth plays a prominent character, Tommy Judd.
The movie was hugely appraised and entered the 1984 Cannes Film Festival where it won the award for Best Artistic Contribution.
Another Country remains one of the best movies of Colin Firth. The period piece is rated 80% on Rotten Tomatoes and 7 on IMDb.
- Girl with a Pearl Earring
Girl with a Pearl Earring portrays the story of Griet who works as a maid in painter Johannes Vermeer’s house, gets close to him, and goes on to become the face of Johannes’ most prolific works of art wherein she poses with pearl earrings.
Colin Firth plays the lead role of Johannes Vermeer. Released in 2004, the film was nominated for numerous awards and highly applauded. It was adapted from Girl With a Pearl Earring: A Servant’s Life, a Master’s Obsession, and a Matter of Honour by Tracy Chevalier.
The movie is directed by Peter Webber and is rated 73% on Rotten Tomatoes.
- The English Patient
Another romance drama from Colin Firth’s filmography career, The English Patient showcases the events in the life of Hana, a nurse when she tends to a plane crash victim on his deathbed and while doing so, discovers a way to heal herself.
The persona that Colin Firth plays in the film is Geoffrey Clifton. Directed by Anthony Minghella, the film received 12 nominations at the 69th Academy Awards.
Released in 1996, the film is rated 86% on Rotten Tomatoes and 87% on Metacritic.
- Shakespeare in Love
To wrap up the list, we have another period piece, Shakespeare in Love. It is a comedy-drama film displaying a fictional romance in the life of William Shakespeare. Lord Wessex is the persona that Colin Firth plays in the movie.
Directed by John Madden, the film received several accolades including seven Oscars at the 71st Academy Awards. It grossed $289.3 million in its theatrical run and is rated at a glorious 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.