Colin Firth takes Italian citizenship after Brexit decision

Carla Harmon
September 25, 2017

Actor Colin Firth promised to remain "extremely British" as he told how "uncertainty" around the world prompted him to get an Italian passport.

Firth married Italian producer Livia Giuggioli in 1997 and has two sons with her, Luca, 16, and Matteo, 14.

The news was announced in a statement released by a spokesperson at the Italian interior ministry, who said: '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'. He further said that he feels great of joining his children who already hold dual citizenship. According the Associated Press, Firth said in a statement that they never took much issue with each of them having passports from two different countries.

In an interview with an Austrian newspaper last autumn, he said of Brexit: 'For me this is a disaster of unexpected proportions.

Don't worry, Firth fans: "I will always be extremely British - you only have to look at or listen to me", joked the man known for playing King George VI and Mark Darcy.

Firth said he had applied for an Italian passport because of "the uncertainty around".

Home Office figures this week revealed that applications for British citizenship from Germans, French, Italians, and other countries which comprised the 14 original countries in the European Union have more than trebled since the year before the referendum.

'Despite the enticements of my profession to relocate to more remunerative climes I've always chosen to base my career out of the United Kingdom and pay my taxes here.

The actor - now appearing as gentleman spy in Kingsman: The Golden Circle - will continue to base his career in the United Kingdom and remain as British as warm beer and rainy weekends.

'Like nearly everybody I have a passionate love of Italy and joining my wife and kids in being dual citizens will be a huge privilege'.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has made a keynote speech in Florence to try and revive stalled Brexit talks.

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