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Many people think of Colin Firth as a typical Englishman. On screen, he usually speaks with a posh English accent, and plays some very English characters in some very English ilms. Even his name sounds incredibly English. But just how English is he?

Is Colin really such an English gentleman?

Not very English at all, apparently… “It’s true, I’m very associated with this English stereotype,” he said. “But I don’t think that exists outside of the roles I play.” In fact, Colin is sure that the stereotypical Englishman is a thing of the past. “It’s hard to run into those guys now. I’ll give you a hundred dollars for every guy with a bowler hat and umbrella you see walking the streets of London who’s not going to a fancy dress party,” he added.

Colin was born in Hampshire, England to university lecturers Shirley and David. However, his upbringing was anything but English. He spent some of his early years living in Nigeria (where his parents were teaching) before moving to Missouri in America at the age of 11, followed by some time in Canada. He later returned to England to study, ending up at drama school in London.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (203) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: learn about some words with more than one meaning. Plus, 10 expressions, 10 useful words for talking about the bathroom, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Jokes – jokes in English. • Monarchy – some interesting gossip. • Grammar – passives with “have”. • Driving – number plates. • Functional language – persuasion. • Humour – award ceremonies that go wrong. • History – crazy rulers. • Actors – Colin Firth. • Romance – chat-up lines. • Culture – museums from around the world. • Psychology – noise. • Language – clichés. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!