If you only see one
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‘I love to laugh
and one doesn’t get to see too many funny scripts,’ says Colin Firth
about St Trinian’s, a remake
of the 1950s comedy, about a bankrupt school for unruly girls.
‘I play Geoffrey Thwaites, the minister of education, intent on turning
this disreputable school into something like the Cheltenham Ladies’
College. It’s a bit rich, as I wasn’t a great pupil. I remember getting
three per cent for one chemistry exam.’
Firth, 47, and a lanky 6ft 2in, is mellow and articulate and still
tanned from filming the upcoming Mamma
Mia! in Greece.
‘Of course, the quintessentially repressed Englishman is part of my
currency,’ he admits. ‘I’m not suggesting I’m rising about it, but I’d
be miserable if I never got to do anything else. As a child, I acted a
little and, when I was 14, I realised I didn’t have to do the kind of
job school prepares you for—I could act! It has brought me a very
Firth’s private life, too, has been very interesting, although you
won’t catch him talking about it. He has a teenage son with actress Meg
Tilly, who he met making Valmont
in 1989. Then, in 1997, he married Italian documentary maker Livia
Giuggioli. The couple, who have two sons, split their life between
London and Rome.
‘The thought of someone wanting to write about me and my life makes my
blood run cold,’ groans Firth. ‘I would prefer it if you exhumed my
life after I’ve gone!’