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.