11:45 AM EDT 01/21/2015
Originally posted 11/28/2010 09:00AM
He's played by Colin Firth in the new film The King's Speech, but what was King George VI – Prince William and Harry's great-grandfather – really like?
Terrifically shy, for one, thanks in a large part to the crippling speech impairment depicted in the film.
Unlike William, the former Prince Albert had no expectation of being King, becoming so only after his brother Edward VIII abdicated in 1936. He helped guide his country through World War II as a trusted advisor to Winston Churchill and a beloved symbol of Nazi resistance to the British people.
Originally posted 02/21/2010 07:45PM
It was a night to remember for Twi-hards and royal fans at the Orange British Academy Awards in London, as Prince William was announced BAFTA's new President and Kristen Stewart won the "Orange Rising Star" award with Robert Pattinson in the audience.
While Twilight's hot couple arrived separately on the red carpet, both to loud cheers, it was Prince William signing autographs that caused the biggest frenzy on the way in to the star-studded ceremony at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
The young royal attended solo – minus girlfriend Kate Middleton – opened the ceremony with a heartfelt speech on his new BAFTA appointment. "This is such a privilege for me," he said adding, "I have to say, there is nothing better than going to see a really good film so this is a great personal thrill for me."
Prince William follows in the footsteps of his grandfather in accepting the high-profile arts role.
Originally posted 02/02/2010 10:00AM
"I thought I was managing my expectations, but on hearing the news I discovered new and unfamiliar vocal tones. Perhaps I should do another musical."
Colin Firth on being nominated as Best Actor for A Single Man.
The 82nd annual Academy Awards, to be co-hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, take place Sunday, March 7, and will air live on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
– Alexis Chiu
Originally posted 06/30/2008 03:40PM
Mamma Mia! star Amanda Seyfried gets very excited if you mention a certain British actor and a former Bond man.
"He's so sexy, Colin Firth, so sexy [and] will always be," Seyfried, 22, told Entertainment Tonight as she giggled about her Mamma Mia! costar.
And she feels equally as lucky when it comes to sharing the screen with another handsome actor: Pierce Brosnan.
"Shooting in the summer of '07 on the 007 [sound]stage with a 007, that's one of the things he said to me, and I was like, 'You're right, I am lucky,' because he's a studly, studly man!" the actress says.
Originally posted 11/16/2004 06:00AM
British good guy Colin Firth returns as Mark Darcy, Bridget Jones's sensible but sweet love interest. But in The Edge of Reason he's not beneath throwing a few punches: Firth, 44, recently talked about his onscreen tussle with Hugh Grant and his admiration for Renee Zellweger.
Originally posted 07/29/2002 01:00PM
The "Bridget Jones's Diary" hunk and one of PEOPLE's 50 Most Beautiful People of 2001 joins Queen Elizabeth at England's Guards Polo Club.
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