Birth Name: Colin Andrew Firth
Place of Birth: Alton, Hampshire, England, U.K.
Date of Birth: 10 September, 1960
Ethnicity: English, some Scottish and Ulster-Scots/Northern Irish
Colin Firth is an English actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The King’s Speech (2010). His roles also include the films A Month in the Country, Tumbledown, Valmont, The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and its sequels; The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), Girl with a Pearl Earring, Love Actually, Mamma Mia!, and its sequel; A Single Man, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and its sequel; Mary Poppins Returns, 1917, and Supernova (2020), and television’s Pride and Prejudice (1995), Conspiracy, and The Staircase. He founded production company Raindog Films. He has campaigned for indigenous people, refugees, and the envrionment.
Colin is the son of Shirley Jean (Rolles) and David Norman Lewis Firth, both academics and teachers. His father was a history lecturer. His mother was a comparative religion lecturer. He spent part of his childhood in Nigeria, where his father worked for the government, and St. Louis, Missouri. His siblings, Kate Firth and Jonathan Firth, are also actors. His maternal grandparents were Congregationlist missionaries. Colin is married to Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli. He has a son, actor William Joseph Firth, with his former partner, actress Meg Tilly; and two children with Livia.
Colin has also acquired Italian citizenship.
Colin’s paternal grandfather was Cyril Bruce Firth (the son of Norman Kennardy/Kennedy Firth and Mary Helen Bruce). Cyril was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England, and was an Anglican priest. Norman was the son of Wilson Firth and Mary Sykes. Colin’s great-grandmother Mary Helen was the daughter of Robert Bruce, who was from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and was an Independent Congregationalist Minister; and of Alice Briggs, from Lancashire, England.
Colin’s paternal grandmother was Helen Mary Lewis (the daughter of Edwin Herbert Lewis and Dora Katharine/Katherine Slater). Helen was born in India. Edwin was born in India, and was a Congregationalist minister. He was the son of Edwin F. Lewis and Elizabeth, who were missionaries from Somerset, England. Dora was the daughter of Thomas Ebenezer Slater, a missionary, from the Independent Minister Society of London Missionaries; and of Jane Elizabeth Coles, who was born in Madras, India, also to missionary parents.
Colin’s maternal grandfather was Montague John Rolles-Rolles (the son of Montague Rolles Rolles and Eliza Florence Hayes). Colin’s grandfather Montague was born in Christchurch, Hampshire, England. Colin’s great-grandfather Montague was the son of Joseph Rolles Rolles and Elizabeth Rolls. Colin’s great-grandmother Eliza was the daughter of Charles/James Hayes and Eliza/Elizabeth Isabella Smith.
Colin’s maternal grandmother was Helen Jean Johnson (the daughter of Edward John Martyn Johnson and Eleanor Mather Bruce). Helen was born in South Mimms, Middlesex, England. Edward was the son of George Edward Johnson and Mary Frances Ball. Eleanor was of Scottish and Northern Irish descent, and was the daughter of James Thomas Bruce, who was born in Perthshire, Scotland, and of Jemima Fairley Roulston, who was born in Northern Ireland.
Sources: Family history of Colin Firth – https://www.findmypast.co.uk
Genealogy of Colin Firth – https://www.geni.com