Colin Firth sought & received Italian citizenship after the ‘disaster’ of Brexit

Green Carpet Fashion Awards Italia 2017 - Arrivals

I’m getting so bad at box office predictions, you guys. Like, my B.O. Prediction Mojo has been off for a few years, actually. I thought ‘mother!’ would do better than it did (it bombed). I thought IT would be a modest success, not the highest grossing horror film of all time. And I honestly thought Kingsmen: The Golden Circle would bomb. The reviews were kind of terrible and it just didn’t seem like there was a lot of interest in it. But it didn’t bomb – it was #1 at the box office with $39 million in North America. Not flat-out amazing, but good enough, probably. So that’s a “win” for Colin Firth. People really want to see a 57-year-old stuffy-yet-hot British man play an action hero type, apparently.

Meanwhile, most Colin Firth fans know that Colin has been happily married to his wife, Livia Giuggioli, since 1997. They have two sons together. They have homes in Britain and Italy, and both are bilingual (at the very least). I would have thought that Firth had become a dual Italian citizen long ago, but apparently he waited until after Britain left the European Union to become an Italian citizen. He even indicated that his decision was driven by Brexit.

British actor Colin Firth, who has often played the role of a quintessential Englishman in his many films, has become an Italian citizen, Italy’s Interior Ministry 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,” the ministry said in a statement.

Firth said he would remain a dual national, adding that his Italian-born wife would also be seeking British nationality.

“We never really thought much about our different passports,” the actor said in a statement. “But now, with some of the uncertainty around, we thought it sensible that we should all get the same,” he added, in an apparent reference to last year’s British vote to leave the European Union.

Firth has been married to Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli since 1997 and the couple live with their two sons in Britain. Unlike some other EU countries, Italy and Britain both allow dual nationality.

“My wife and I are both extremely proud of our own countries,” Firth said.

A number of EU countries, including Germany, France and Ireland, have reported a surge in British citizens seeking a new nationality in the wake of the Brexit vote. The Italian announcement came just hours after British Prime Minister Theresa May flew to Florence to make a keynote speech to try to revive stalled Brexit negotiations and reassure worried business leaders.

[From Reuters]

In an interview previous to this announcement, Firth said: “Brexit is a disaster of unexpected proportions that does not have a single positive outlook. Many colleagues, including Emma Thompson, are, like me, enthusiastic Europeans, and we still cannot believe it.” That quote is cropping up a lot in the stories about Firth’s new Italian citizenship, because I guess Britain has some people who are crazy-nationalistic too, just like we have nationalists and jingoists here in America. So, Firth is being criticized for A) criticizing Brexit and B) seeking and receiving dual citizenship in Italy. Am I crazy for not really getting why this is a thing? People get dual citizenships all the time. And a lot of people thought Brexit was a f–king disaster.

Green Carpet Fashion Awards Italia 2017 - Arrivals

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  1. Rapunzel says:

    Mr. Darcy can live wherever he wants.

  2. FirthFan says:

    I am quite proud of him for speaking so clearly, directly, and openly about this. I know many, many people have had much to say about the situation, but this is as clear-cut as it gets. A) This was a bad thing that happened. B) This is how I’m trying to protest and not let a bad thing literally divide my entire family.

    Good for you, Colin. You’re a gem.

  3. Mia4s says:

    Yeah I don’t get the big deal. His children are half-Italian.

    The movie was not great but Firth saves it along with Mark Strong and the still super-appealing Taron Edgerton. Julianne Moore is a good villain. Everything else was a mess. MESS!!

    • jammypants says:

      I actually really enjoyed the Statesmen too. They have a lot of charm and charisma…oddly enough, including Tatum, though he was under utilized.

  4. TheOtherViv says:

    I thought he would rather soon become Sir Colin Firth, well, eventually at least, will that ever happen now?

  5. lucy2 says:

    I’m surprised they hadn’t done this already, they’ve been together a long time and have kids.
    I didn’t like the first Kingsman very much, but he was good in it. No interest in seeing the new one.

    • Des says:

      A lot of British people don’t see the point in getting a EU passport because they don’t need it to pass between their countries. Until now.

      • Mim says:

        British don’t have ID cards so to travel to a European country we have always needed a passport. We don’t need one to pass from Northern Ireland to Ireland but to mainland Europe we need a passport

  6. Monsy says:

    Why would people criticize him for this? I completely understand why he got the italian citizenship. Brexit, his family connection with the country, Italy is a beautiful country. And the fact he learned to speak Italian makes me admire him a bit more because i’m studying italian and it’s far for difficult than i thought it would be.
    btw yesterday i watched Bridget Jones 3 and it wasn’t as bad as i thought it would be .. so yeah Colin Firth is awesome.

  7. Bobbymilly says:

    He is really smart to get dual citizenship.

    Saves on potential issues in the future.

  8. adastraperaspera says:

    Jealous. Post-cheeto, I looked into Swiss citizenship via family, but we’ve been here in the U.S. too long now. His wife is just beautiful!

  9. lyla says:

    people are twitter are dumb, they don’t get the idea of dual citizenship. they seriously thought he gave up his british citizenship.

    i don’t get the big deal. but then everyone in my extended family has two-four citizenship.

    • Elisa the I. says:

      there are countries (like mine) which don’t allow dual citizenship. If you acquire citizenship in my country, you have to renounce the citizenship you are currently is holding.
      Also, it’s quite difficult to acquire citizenship in most European countries, especially Switzerland etc.

      • lyla says:

        i realize that. but a majority of people who were criticizing him claimed to be british. the uk allows dual citizenship. italy also allows dual citizenship. his wife and children hold dual citizenship, so it’s not strange for him to acquire an italian citizenship.

    • hogtowngooner says:

      There’s a lot of misinformation out there on dual citizenship. I was born in Canada to an American parent, so I have dual US-Canadian citizenship (as both countries allow it). When the Harper government announced the law to strip dual nationals of their Canadian citizenship if they were convicted of terrorist-related offences, tons of people came out of the woodwork convinced that one cannot possibly be a dual national and be able to be “loyal” to Canada (though they could never quite describe how that loyalty could manifest itself).

  10. Jo says:

    He is smokin hot in these pics. That’s all I’ve got.

  11. Susan says:

    I cherish my dual Irish nationality I get from my mom as it gives me so much flexibility for the future. Even in the UK, since there is a special relationship with Ireland separate from the EU, so hopefully Brexit won’t change that.

  12. Andrea says:

    I am seeking dual citizenship with canada because well Trump. LOL

  13. Tony says:

    Foreigners working in America get screwed if they don’t intend to stay here long term because they are required to pay into social security and medicare and Medicaid like everyone else which takes a big bite out of their salaries.

  14. Fran says:

    I’m Italian and just got my British citizenship just to make sure this f*cking disaster doesn’t affect me personally. Kudos to him for speaking his mind on the subject (you can tell he’s got more italian and less british!!)

  15. raincoaster says:

    Especially if you have children, you’d be foolish not to get dual citizenship. It offers so much more than one country can give, especially if one of those two countries is in the EU. I’m a dual Canadian-French citizen, and while I haven’t taken advantage of that it means I could fly to France and just get a job, no big deal. Or a job in Italy, Spain, or any other EU country. Britain has suddenly become much more far away.