Colin Firth, better known as Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice and the Bridget Jones franchise and most recently Harry Hart in Kingsman, has obtained Italian citizenship via his wife, film producer Livia Giuggioli.
The 56-year-old actor who still makes Janeites (Austenites?) swoon now has dual citizenship with Britain and Italy.
"I was married [in Italy] and had two children born in Rome," he said. He has been connected to Italy "for more than two decades now."
When asked why he finally decided to apply for an Italian passport, Firth replied it was due to "the uncertainty around."
Vague but understandable. Firth went on to mention that his wife also applied for a British passport, so they will each have dual citizenship.
"We never really thought much about our different passports" Firth admitted. "But now, with some of the uncertainty around, we thought it sensible that we should all get the same."
According to BBC, the Italian inerior ministry confirmed Firth's new passport and citizenship, releasing a statement to that effect, "The very famous actor, who won an Oscar for the film The King's Speech, is married to a citizen from our country and has often declared his love for our land."
Although he may have dual citizenship now, Firth assures fans they need look no further than his person or his films to know how British he is (and will remain).
"I will always be extremely British (you only have to look at or listen to me)," he said. "Britain is our home and we love it here."
Firth will keep his acting career based in the United Kingdom, but has no intention of shirking his familial responsibilities. He joked that "when you marry an Italian you don't just marry one person; you marry a family and perhaps an entire country."
Firth went on to say that joining his family in dual citizenship is a "huge privilege" and they cannot wait to start the next chapter in their lives.