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Born in 1960, Colin's career took off when he was spotted playing Hamlet in a drama school production. He’s best known for playing Darcy in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
His first film role was in Another Country, playing Tommy, alongside Rupert Everett.
He went on to star in a range of high-profile productions, including A Month in the Country, and Tumbledown. He then played the title role in Valmont alongside Annette Benning.
He took the role of John McCarthy in Hostages, alongside Ciarán Hinds as Brian Keenan. Then, in 1995, he took what is probably his most famous role, as Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.
With his leading man status firmly cemented, he went on to take roles in Fever Pitch, Shakespeare in Love and Conspiracy, amongst many others.
His role in Pride and Prejudice even inspired Bridget Jones to great passion. When the books were adapted for film, Colin took the role of his famous character's namesake, Mark Darcy.
The parts keep on rolling in, and recent performances have included Vermeer in Girl with a Pearl Earring and starring alongside Emma Thompson in Nanny McPhee.
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