Colin Firth In Before I Go To Sleep

Colin Firth In Before I Go To Sleep

Colin Firth is back on the big screen this week as he teams up with Nicole Kidman and Mark Strong for Before We Go To Sleep.

Firth has starred in some great movies over the years, and has become one of cinema's most popular stars.

To celebrate his return, we take a look at some of the best movies and performances of his career so far.

- The King's Speech (2010)

You can't really talk about Firth's career without starting with The King's Speech, which really was the crowning moment of his career.

Firth took on the role of King George VI and how he overcame a speech impediment so he would be fit to become King.

The movie saw him team up with director Tom Hooper for the first time, while Geoffrey Rush ad Helena Bonham Carter also starred.

From start to finish, Firth delivers a truly masterful performance as a man whose life has been blighted by a stammer and then turned upside down when he unexpectedly becomes King.

Firth & Rush make a terrific team as the royal and the commoner, who strike up an unexpected and yet touching friendship.

The King's Speech is an inspiring and funny story about triumphing against the odds with a trio of actors who are truly on top form.

Firth went on to win the Best Actor Oscar for his performance: it was his second nomination in two years.

- A Single Man (2010)

Firth's first Oscar nomination came for his performance in A Single Man, which saw him work with director Tom Ford.

A Single Man was an adaptation of the novel by Christopher Isherwood and follows an English professor who is struggling to deal with the death of his boyfriend.

Firth took on the central role of George - a gay man in 1960 LA - in what was, at the time, the performance of his career.

It is a moving performance from Firth, as a man who has to find his place in the world once again. It was the film that really made everyone sit up and realise what a terrific actor Firth is.

He picked up his first Best Actor nomination for his work, but missed out to Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart.

- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Firth is not only a great leading man but he can also shine as part of an ensemble... which is exactly what he did in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Directed by Tomas Alfredson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was a big screen adaptation of the novel of the same name by John le Carre.

This was the best political thriller to be released that year, as Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Hurt, and Toby Jones were just some of the other names on board.

Firth took on the role of Bill Haydon in a cat and mouse movie about trying to uncover a Russian mole in MI6.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a tense and gripping political drama that is packed with twist, turns, and excellent performances.

The movie went on to be nominated for three Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Actor for Oldman.

- Girl With A Pearl Earring (2004)

Hard to believe by Girl With A Pearl Earring is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Directed by Peter Webber, Girl With A Pearl Earring is an adaptation of the novel by Tracy Chevalier, and saw Firth take on the role of Johannes Vermeer as he was creating one of his most famous paintings.

Girl With A Pearl Earring is a visually arresting movie, with every scene and moment feeling like it has come straight out of a painting.

The movie really focuses in on the sexual tension between Vermeer and Griet (Scarlett Johansson) and this is one of the movie's most intriguing elements.

Firth and Johansson really do work wonderfully together on scree: he is the experienced actor while this was one of the breakthrough roles for the nineteen-year-old actress.

Girl With A Pearl Earring was nominated for three Oscars, two Golden Globes, and ten Baftas.

Other great Colin Firth movies include Bridget Jones's Diary, Nanny McPhee, Shakespeare in Love & The English Patient.

Before I Go To Sleep is released 5th September.

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