What a way to welcome the month of August: Rekindling our love for Colin Firth. Last Saturday saw HBO's blockbuster premiere of Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight — in which Firth plays illusionist Stanley — and we can't help but get googly-eyed for this talent we've grown up with.
It's not often that an actor can still be billed as "serious" when he's been cast in several romantic comedies. But for Firth, he's taken the vacuousness associated with the genre in his stride.
Firth's played two Mr. Darcys (a broody loner in television series Pride and Prejudice and an equally mopish character in the Bridget Jones movie installments), King George VI, and most recently, a secret agent in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Stay tuned for more — he's reportedly playing Donald Crowhurst in a forthcoming biopic about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the British sailor's death.
At 54, Firth's a fine wine that just keeps getting better. The Queen certainly thinks so as well: He's a commander by the Order of the British Empire. Now that's fan-girling in the most esteemed of levels.