Happy birthday, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth!

Today – 9th September – is the 51st birthday of Hugh John Mungo Grant while tomorrow is the 51st birthday of his Bridget Jones co-star, Colin Andrew Firth.

I am sure that I speak for thousands of women when I say that I have a soft spot for both of them.

For Grant, it was seeing him in 1994’s Four Weddings and a Funeral, 1995’s Sense and Sensibility and, of course, 1999’s Notting Hill. However, it wasn’t until 2001’s Bridget Jones’s Diary that I noticed the lovely Mr Firth. Sadly, I haven’t seen the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, a series which I know caused many a woman’s heart to flutter due to one particular scene…

Since those early heart throb days, both actors have had varied roles. I really liked Grant’s performance as the Prime Minister in 2003’s Love Actually. He certainly gave a speech to be proud of including the notable inclusion of David Beckham’s feet!

Firth’s career has grown from strength to strength. After an Oscar nomination in 2010 for A Single Man, he went on to victory this year for The King’s Speech. I really, really like both of these movies. A Single Man is rated 86% on Rotten Tomatoes while The King’s Speech stands pretty with 95%. While they are both stunning performances, for me, Firth’s performance as George Falconer in A Single Man just slightly takes the edge. Firth’s portrayal of a man repressing his grief is moving and mesmerizing – director Tom Ford chose the perfect leading man.

  • What’s your favourite performance by the glorious Grant and fantastic Firth?
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4 thoughts on “Happy birthday, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth!”

  1. I have seen way too little Firth movies I must admit, but he was amazing in the King’s Speech….

    Not a big fan of Hugh Grant…although he does know his niche of type of movies (which are usually romantic comedies).

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