Firth honoured for his Italian job
The actor was made a Commander of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity, a title dating back to 1947 to pay tribute to those who helped to rebuild post-war Italy.
Firth came to prominence with his role as Darcy, in the TV mini-series of Pride And Prejudice, before landing roles in The English Patient and Fever Pitch.
He then appeared in the successful Shakespeare In Love, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes.
More recently, he has performed alongside Renee Zellweger in both Bridget Jones movies, in Richard Curtis' Love Actually, and he also starred opposite Scarlett Johansson in Girl With A Pearl Earring.
Firth is fluent in Italian, and is married to the Italian film producer Livia Giugglioli.
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