British actor Colin Firth has become an Italian citizen, the country’s authorities have confirmed.
His wife – film producer Livia Giuggioli – is Italian, constructing the Oscar-winning Bridget Jones star eligible for citizenship there.
The 56 -year-old currently has dual citizenship and can therefore keep his British passport.
Firth said he had applied for an Italian passport because of “the uncertainty around”.
The actor said that he has been connected to Italy “for more than two decades now”.
“I was wedded there and had two children born in Rome, ” he added.
He “re just saying that” his wife was applying for a British passport also, and both his children have dual citizenship.
He added: “We never really remembered much about our different passports.
“But now, with some of the uncertainty around, we thought it sensible that we should all get the same.”
The Italian interior ministry, which confirmed Firth had been granted a passport, said: “The very famous actor, who won an Oscar for the cinema The King’s Speech, is married to a citizen from our country and has often proclaimed his love for our land.”
Firth, who won best actor at the 2011 Oscars for his portrait of King George in The King’s Speech, has been married since 1997.
He added: “I will always be extremely British( you merely have to look at or listen to me ).
“Britain is our house and we adore it here.”
He said that he will continue to base his job out of the UK, but added: “Anyone will tell you when you marriage an Italian you don’t just marry person or persons; you marriage a family and perhaps an entire country.
“Like almost everybody I have a passionate adore of Italy and joining my wife and kids in being dual citizens will be a huge privilege.”
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