Is that who I think it is?
Yes, Colin Firth, the actor who has starred in films such as The English Patient, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Shakespeare in Love, Love Actually and Mamma Mia has a house in Bedford Park.
Women of a certain age think of him most fondly as Dr Darcy in the 1995 television adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but his most acclaimed role to date has been his 2010 portrayal of King George VI in The King’s Speech, a performance that earned him an Oscar and multiple worldwide best actor awards. In The Mercy, (released February 2018) he played amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst making a solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. He plays opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in WW1 thriller 1917
Probably best left in peace if you should see him in M&S. As this Guardian profile suggests, he is something of a reluctant heart throb. As his wife Livia is Italian, they also have a house in Umbria and in 2017 he took Italian citizenship, but he has kept his British passport. The couple separated in 2019 after a high profile court case involving another man with whom Livia had had an affair, who she then accused of stalking her.
One of his films, the spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, based on John Le Carre’s novel, was partly filmed in Chiswick. Colin Firth played Bill Haydon (“Tailor”). Watch the video to see where in Chiswick some of the scenes were shot.
Chiswick has been the location for many films, TV series and adverts over the years. Hounslow’s film officer Dennis Firminger, whose office is in Chiswick Town Hall, took Bridget Osborne on a tour of the favourite locations where TV series like Downton Abbey, Minder, New Tricks and Lewis have been filmed, and feature films such as Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Vanity Fair. He also voiced his concern that if Heathrow builds a third runway, Chiswick will lose its film industry.