Brexit critic Colin Firth opts for Italian passport for family reasons

Oscar-winning actor will continue to be based in London as officials in Rome confirm he now regards dual nationality

Many of security threats and predicts exchanged during the row over Brexit have yet to be tested by time, but this weekend at the least one has come to pass. The Oscar-winning film actor and creator Colin Firth, unmoved by Theresa May’s pronouncements in Florence, has accepted Italian citizenship, according to the Italian interior department in Rome.

It was reported in May that the actor had made a formal application for Italian citizenship in response to the vote to leave the European Union, while last year Firth’s apparent opposition to the referendum result was noted in an Austrian newspaper.

He was said to have described Brexit as” a catastrophe of unexpected balances “. The actor’s agent “re just saying that” the decision to apply for a new passport at the Italian embassy in London had been a family decision. He would not confirm that it had anything to do with Brexit.

” Colin applied for dual citizenship[ British and Italian] in order to have the same passports as his wife and children ,” the worker said.

The 56 -year-old star came to fame as Jane Austen’s aloof Mr Darcy, the epitome of the reticent English aristocrat, in an acclaimed 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice . But from now on Firth is officially as Italian as spaghetti carbonara.

” The very famous actor, who prevailed an Oscar for the movie The King’s Speech , is married to a citizen from our country and has often testified his love for our property ,” the Italian interior department said.

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Firth, who grew up and went to clas in Hampshire, has been married to the Italian environmental campaigner, fashion inventor and cinema farmer Livia Giuggioli since 1997. The duet live in Chiswick, London, with their two sons Luca, 16, and Matteo, 13.

Since Italy is one of the few European countries that allows dual nationality, Firth is expected to keep his British passport as well as a home in this country.

Firth and Giuggioli, 47, too have a room near the town of Citta della Pieve in Umbria and the actor pronounces good Italian. His 2008 film Genova , directed by Michael Winterbottom, told of a widower who descends in love firstly with Italy and then with an Italian woman. The performer, who has also appeared in the knock films The English Patient , Bridget Jones’s Diary , Love, Actually and Shakespeare in Love , is currently promoting his new film Kingsman: The Golden Circle , a sequel to the ironic, action-packed 2015 hit.

Since the Brexit decision, a changing number of Britons have applied for citizenship in EU countries, with Irish employments surpassing all others. Any Briton born in the Irish Republic or Northern Ireland, or with an Irish mother or grandparent, is entitled to an Irish passport and it is thought six million could be eligible.

May went out of her mode in Florence to pledge that hundreds of thousands of Italians living in the UK would retain their full rights.

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