British actor Colin Firth, has officially become an Italian citizen. The 57-year-old actor known mainly for his work in The Kingsman films, now has citizenship in both Italy and Britain. Firth confessed he made the decision due to the ongoing political unrest caused by last year’s Brexit vote.
Upheaval Leads To Dual Citizenship
A native of Hampshire, England, Firth has been vocal about his displeasure with Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. The father of three thinks the turmoil within his home nation will be bad for both businesses and individuals in the present and future. Firth told reporters that his wife (of Italian descent) would be joining him as a dual citizen of both countries. The actor released a statement proclaiming his love for Britain and his adopted home of Italy over the weekend.
Firth and Livia Giuggioli have been married since 1997 and reportedly made the decision together. Italy and Britain are two of very few countries that allow dual nationality. The celebrity couple is not alone in their citizenship resolution though. In the past few months, numerous countries inside the European Union have reported skyrocketing numbers of British citizens seeking dual or change in citizenship thanks to Brexit. The latest in the ongoing negotiations has Prime Minister Theresa May attempting to revive the talks that have hit an impasse.
Firth’s Career On The Big Screen
Firth began his acting career way back in the early 1980s. Nearly a decade later, he became a household name in film thanks to roles in many popular English romance movies. Love Actually and Mamma Mia received critical acclaim, but it wasn’t until a year later when Firth would be recognized for individual performances. Firth was nominated for his work in A Single Man in 2009, but earned the Academy Award for Best Actor shortly thereafter for his role as King George VI in The King’s Speech. Today, Firth has carved out a lucrative niche with his starring role in the action film franchise, The Kingsman.