Rule Bitalia: Colin Firth’s big decision forced by Brexit
COLIN Firth has accepted an honorary Italian citizenship, becoming a dual Italian and British citizen.
The Oscar-winning actor reportedly made the initial application in response to the UK leaving the European Union, according to The Guardian.
Firth previously spoke to one Australian publication about Brexit, saying: "Brexit does not have a single positive aspect for me. Many colleagues, including Emma Thompson, are, like me, enthusiastic Europeans. And we still cannot believe it."
The 57-year-old has been married to Italian environmentalist Livia Giuggioli since 1997.
His agent has said the application for an Italian passport was a family decision. "Colin applied for dual citizenship in order to have the same passports as his wife and children," the agent said.
Firth has since offered an official statement that reads: "My wife and I are both extremely proud of our own countries.
"We never really thought much about our different passports. But now, with some of the uncertainty around, we thought it sensible that we should all get the same. Livia is applying for a British passport. I will always be extremely British (you only have to look at or listen to me).
"Britain is our home and we love it here. Despite the enticements of my profession to relocate to more remunerative climes, I've always chosen to base my career out of the UK and pay my taxes here. That hasn't changed."
The statement continued: "I married into Italy (and anyone will tell you when you marry an Italian you don't just marry one person; you marry a family and perhaps an entire country)."
Like almost everybody I have a passionate love of Italy and joining my wife and kids in being dual citizens will be a huge privilege."
Firth and Giuggioli live in London with their two sons, and own a house near the Italian town of Citta della Pieve.
- Jack Shepherd, The Independent