After Brexit, Colin Firth Gets Italian Citizenship

Actor says it's 'sensible' in current political climate to become dual citizen
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 24, 2017 6:34 AM CDT
In this Monday, May 16, 2016 file photo, Colin Firth, who says he has taken Italian citizenship as a "sensible" move amid global political uncertainty.   (Joel Ryan)

(Newser) – British actor Colin Firth says he has taken Italian citizenship as a "sensible" move amid global political uncertainty. Firth, who is married to environmentalist Livia Giuggioli, says he has become a dual UK-Italian citizen, and his wife is applying for British nationality. Their two sons already have dual citizenship. In a statement Saturday, the 57-year-old Firth said he and his wife had never thought much about their different passports, reports the AP, "but now, with some of the uncertainty around, we thought it sensible that we should all get the same."

Firth has been quoted as calling Brexit a disaster. The actor, who has played Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice and King George VI in The King's Speech, said he "will always be extremely British" but also has "a passionate love of Italy." He's not the only Brit getting citizenship elsewhere, notes the AP: Actor Ralph Fiennes got his Serbian passport on Sunday from President Aleksandar Vucic himself. Vucic says "we Serbs are happy to have you as a friend and now a fellow citizen." (Read more Colin Firth stories.)

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