The 36-year-old began his career back in 1996 but it was only in 2000 that he became famous for his acting talents.
He played Pvt. Roland Bozz in Tigerland, a film about soldiers being trained for the Vietnam war, and won two awards for his performance, including the London Film Critics Award for Best Newcomer of the Year.
In 2002 he starred alongside Tom Cruise in Minority Report and garnered a nomination for an Empire Award for Best Actor.
2002 also saw him take on the role of Stu Shepard in Phone Booth, most probably his most memorable film role to date, although he never won any awards for his performance.
After Phone Booth he starred in many films such as The Recruit, S.W.A.T, The New World and Miami Vice but it was 2008 that saw Colin win his first Golden Globe.
His performance as Ray in In Bruges saw him gain critical acclaim and win his first Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy as well as being nominated for two other awards.
In 2009 he worked alongside Johnny Depp and Jude Law in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus to portray different versions of Tony after Health Ledger, who was originally to play the part, died.
2011 saw some great films from Colin. His portrayal of Bobby Pellitt in Horrible Bosses was laugh out loud funny and complete genius, earning him a nomination for a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Fright Night saw Colin take on the role of a vampire, threatening to devour the entire town. The film received positive reviews with Rotten Tomatoes reporting that 75 per cent of 147 critics had given the film a positive review.
Colin now stars in Total recall, a remake of the 1990 version in which Arnold Schwarzenegger played Doug Quid, the character Colin will play in the remake.
Colin has a number of projects lined up including Seven Psychopaths, Dead Man Down and Saving Mr Banks.
Cara Mason @FemaleFirst_UK