Colin Firth’s agent said that the 56-year-old actor applied for an Italian passport at the Italian embassy in London because of family reasons and declined to say if the decision had anything to do with Brexit. Firth spoke publicly of his dismay at the Brexit vote, and told an Austrian newspaper last year that it was “a disaster of unexpected proportions”; but his agent told The Telegraph that “Colin applied for dual citizenship (British and Italian) in order to have the same passports as his wife and children.”
He married the Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli, 47, in 1997 and they have two sons, Luca, 16, and Matteo, 13; and the family, although living in Chiswick, has a house near the town of Città della Pieve in Umbria.
Even if he was awarded the Italian citizenship he would still be able to retain his British passport because both countries permit dual nationality, unlike other European Union countries like Germany. Firth, as many others, is reportedly worried that part of his family could be deported once Britain splits form the EU. In fact, since the Brexit decision, there has been a flood of Britons seeking to obtain dual citizenship of other EU countries.
In the ‘Bridget Jones’ films, interpreting the role of the uptight human rights lawyer Mark Darcy, Firth embodied the quintessential Britishness, but the star of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Mamma Mia!’ speaks good Italian and has made films in Italy too, including the 2008 movie Genova, directed by Michael Winterbottom. In the near future, Firth could return to musicals after executives at Universal Pictures have given the green light to the eagerly-anticipated sequel of ‘Mamma Mia!’, which has the sub-title: ‘Here We Go Again’.
Ilona Catani Scarlett