MCM: Colin Firth Redux


Guys, I need to apologize to each and every one of you on behalf of the Frock Flicks team. We have had not one but TWO Man Candy Mondays featuring the talented and charming Colin Firth, but both of them have focused ONLY on his stellar role as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice and omitted all of his other roles! Alright, I’ve just discovered Trystan did a post with many of his highlights, but THERE’S MORE AND I’M A COMPLETIONIST.

Now, he is the one, the only Mr. Darcy, I’m not arguing there. But the guys has charmed in many many roles, and we must pay our due! Last week as Mr. Firth’s birthday, and in an attempt to rectify our failings, I give you Colin Firth’s complete historical costume movie/TV oeuvre:


Another Country (1984)

1984 Another Country

With Rupert Everett and Cary Elwes.


Camille (1984)

Colin Firth in Camille (1984) 1984 Camille


Lost Empires (1986)

1986 Lost Empires


A Month in the Country (1987)

1987 A Month in the Country


The Secret Garden (1987)

1987 The Secret Garden


Valmont (1989)

1989 Valmont Valmont (1989) Colin Firth in Valmont (1989)


The Advocate aka The Hour of the Pig (1993)

Colin Firth in The Advocate aka The Hour of the Pig (1993) 1993 The Advocate



Circle of Friends (1995)

1995 Circle of Friends


Pride and Prejudice (1995)

1995 Pride and Prejudice 1995 Pride and Prejudice Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice (1995)


Nostromo (1996)

1996 Nostromo


The English Patient (1996)

1996 The English Patient


Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Shakespeare in Love (1998) Colin Firth in Shakespeare in Love (1998) 1998 Shakespeare in Love


Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)

1999 Blackadder Back & Forth


My Life So Far (1999)

1999 My Life So Far


The Turn of the Screw (1999)

1999 The Turn of the Screw


Conspiracy (2001)

2001 Conspiracy


The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

2002 The Importance of Being Earnest


Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003)

Colin Firth in Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003)


Nanny McPhee (2005)

2005 Nanny McPhee


The Last Legion (2007)

Colin Firth in The Last Legion (2007)


Easy Virtue (2008)

2008 Easy Virtue


Dorian Gray (2009)

2009 Dorian Gray


A Single Man (2009)

Colin Firth in A Single Man (2009)


The King’s Speech (2010)

The King's Speech (2010) 2010 The King's Speech


Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

2014 Magic in the Moonlight Colin Firth in Magic in the Moonlight (2014)


Genius (2016)

2016 Genius


Coming Up

The Happy Prince (2017)

The Happy Prince (2017)


Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Mary Poppins Returns



What’s your favorite historical costume movie or TV role of Colin Firth’s?


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

17 Responses

  1. Kate D

    They are all so great! I always enjoy seeing Colin Firth.

    Besides P&P, The Importance of Being Ernest is a favorite of mine. Such a delight!

    Shakespeare in Love is another fun one.

    • Jill Cochran

      They’ve made six films together, the four mentioned above, plus St. Trinian’s (2007) and St. Trinian’s: The Legend of Fitton’s Grove (2009).

  2. Susan Pola Staples

    Besides P&P my favourite Colin Firth movies are Shakespeare in Love, The King’s Speech (with HBC), The Importance of Being Earnest, Girl With the Pearl Earring. And I’m confident that the Happy Prince will join the list.

  3. Lynne Connolly

    As a sex symbol he doesn’t do it for me. But I do enjoy his acting, and I’ve loved some of the movies he’s been in.
    But not The Importance of Being Earnest. Not his fault, but acting with people whose accents were dodgy, to say the least, and the way the scriptwriters mangled the original made that film unwatchable. And all the women had Floppy Hair Syndrome. I struggled through it because it was my father’s favourite play, but honestly? Michael Redgrave every time. And what is Lady Bracknell without Edith Evans? Pointless. And without Joan Greenwood to balance her out there is no Gwendoline.
    He’s not my Darcy, either – that’s David Rintoul. But he had a good shot at it, and it was certainly a fun, frothy version of the book. But his hairstyle was so not right.
    Valmont was a disaster, costume-wise. So many gowns that looked like they were made from duvet covers! And let’s face it, Dangerous Liaisons had All The Polonaises.
    The King’s Speech was fabulous, and the costumes pretty much on point, as far as I could see. And Another Country is gorgeous and poignant, and Firth shone in it.

    • Kelly

      I like the David Rintoul version too–mostly on the strength of Elizabeth Garvie’s Elizabeth. Tart, pretty, and bang-on with the “fine eyes” that appeal to Mr. Darcy. Rintoul is rather stiff, but then again, so is Darcy. Favorite Austen dude? Henry Tilney! Go for a guy who can make you laugh.
      A Month in the Country deserves a wider audience–it’s a lovely, delicate film about people damaged by war, the presence of history in daily life, and forging new friendships.

  4. Bea

    So, where’s that review of Hour of the Pig?
    It was the first Firth film I ever saw, and I blame a friend for it. (She was obsessed with Middle Ages France.) It was weird and to me the clothes seemed weird and filthy enough :D

    • Kathleen Norvell

      I loved The Advocate. I’ve seen it several times and own a copy. The costumes were well done and reasonably authentic. That’s the first film I remember seeing Colin Firth in. If you know anything about French history of the time, it was all about he Albigensians in the south of France and their heretical ways. This forms the subplot of the film. I recommend it highly.

  5. Alissa Pyrich

    Colin Firth is one of those guys who gets better looking once he has some mileage on him.