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The film set or the theatre rehearsal is a wonderfully, sobering, and refreshing practical place to be, where you’re just back to doing what you set out to do. The reason you went to drama school, the reason you did school plays is just because you like it. You like the collaboration, you like telling stories, you like trying to nail a role. Even the research that goes with it. Having never been to university, that scratches that itch. I’m reading stuff, I’m finding out about things, even dipping my toe in learning skills that I’ve never would’ve tried. That’s the thrill of it. There’s an eagerness to get back to that place, it feels like my natural habitat.

Happy Birthday, Colin Firth (September 10, 1960) 


My dad lost his hair when he was very young. I think if you’re an actor and it starts going you think “well that’s it”, how do I cope with that? I was a young man I didn’t think it would yield any parts. Actually the parts have been way more interesting so it was kind of a blessing in disguise. Now I can wear wigs, I can play parts wearing wigs.

Happy 54th Birthday, Mark Strong (August 5, 1963)


The work of Mark Strong and Colin Firth together through the years.

  • Fever Pitch (1997)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
  • Before I go to Sleep (2014)
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Costume is so important for an actor. It absolutely helps to get into character; it’s the closest thing to you, it touches you. Some actors like to go into make-up and then put their clothes on, but I like to dress first; that’s my routine.


“I love that [party] scene because you get to realize Jim has had a crush on Bill Haydon for his whole life, but it’s observed with subtlety. There’s no great scene in which I say that or which it’s revealed; it’s just done with a look. Earlier on in the film, you see photos of them just having played a game of rugby and they look very happy. Little subtle clues such as that I really enjoyed about this film.” - Mark Strong