The two have been married since 1997 and have two sons, Luca and Matteo. Colin Firth also has a son, Will, from his relationship with Meg Tilly.
Here’s a look at Firth and the couple’s relationship.
1. The Couple Met in Columbia, Where Firth Filmed the BBC Series ‘Nostromo’
In a 2011 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Colin Firth explained how he met Firth. The two were both working on a BBC series called Nostromo, which Colin Firth made in 1995. Firth was a production assistant on the film.
“We met in Columbia,” Colin Firth told DeGeneres. “We met in Cartagena, which is a staggeringly beautiful city and full of staggeringly beautiful people.”
Colin Firth said he saw her walking through a crowd as he stood on the steps of and old church. “And that was it. It was a bolt to the heart,” the actor said.
In a 2001 interview with The Guardian, Colin Firth said that Firth did not know who he was when they met.
“I remember saying to Livia and her family in Italy, ‘You know, I’m a heart-throb.’ And they all threw their hands up and said, ‘Get outta here,'” Colin Firth recalled. “Someone sent some tapes of the series to Italy and they didn’t get it. They don’t find reserved very sexy. They watched it and said, ‘So, do people in England find John Major sexy?'”
2. She Co-Founded Eco-Age With Her Brother to Promote Ecologically Sustainable Brands
Firth and her bother Nicola Giuggioli co-founded Eco-Age, which began with a store in London and continues as a brand consultant group that helps brands find green-friendly ways to continue their business. When a brand meets their goals, Eco-Age awards them their Green Carpet Challenge Brandmark.
The Eco-Age store closed in 2011 and they turned the space into their office.
The Green Carpet Challenge idea was born during the 2009 movie awards season, when Colin Firth was up for awards for Tom Ford’s A Single Man. In an interview for the documentary The True Cost, Firth said that Lucy Siegle challenged her to walk red carpets wearing sustainable fashion.
“It was so successful and we had so much fun,” she said. “It also gave me a great purpose to be on the carpets next to Colin, and I still get a kick every time I am on a red (green) carpet wearing a powerful story.”
Two years ago, she also launched the GCC collection, with the help of Edrem, Christopher Bailey, Christopher Kane, Doland Mouret and Victoria Beckham. Firth told Country and Townhouse that Beckham embraced the idea and was curious about the materials that go into making fashion.
3. She Wore a Dress Made of Pieces From 11 Different Vintage Dresses at the 2011 Oscars
While most stars wear a one dress that’s never been seen before (and will likely never be seen again) at the Oscars, Firth decided to do something really unique for the 2011 Oscars. In an interview with the Mirror, she revealed that her dress was made from 11 different vintage dresses, collected by designer Gary Harvey.
“Some were slightly damaged, some had their netting torn, and one had a stain round the hem. But incredibly Gary managed to eliminate all their little flaws and produce this stunning dress,” Firth explained.
She stressed that she didn’t want anything “too short or too daring,” since she is a mother of two. “As soon as I stepped into this dress I felt totally at ease and in love with Gary’s design,” Firth said.
During the Oscars ceremony that year, Colin Firth won Best Actor for The King’s Speech.
4. She Has Produced 4 Documentaries, Including ‘The True Cost,’ About the Impact Fashion Has on the Planet
In 2015, Firth appeared in Andrew Morgan’s documentary The True Cost and was also an executive producer. She has also produced the documentaries Un sogno fatto in Sicilia (2000), In Prison My Whole Life (2007) and Ama (2016).
The True Cost was screened at the Cannes Film Festival and is available from Netflix. Morgan told Page Six that Firth’s involvement helped him get interviews with Stella McCartney and other fashion designers.
In her interview promoting the film, Firth said she became interested in the eco-fashion and how clothes are made after taking a trip to Bangladesh in 2009 with Lucy Seigle. She saw how the clothes she wears has an impact on lives hundreds of miles from where she lives. Firth explained:
When you get back you can’t pretend it is ‘business as usual’. It’s the same when you witness an accident on the other side of the street, you run and offer your help. But how far away does that accident have to happen for you not to care anymore, for it not to be your business anymore? Today, as Lucy puts it, ‘brands, retailers and consumers have all become fantastically adept at divorcing fashion from the very fact that it is been made by an army of living, breathing, human beings with resources which are depleting the environment.’
Firth has focused on a fight against “fast fashion,” cheap clothes that are not environmentally friendly and easily disposable.
“Today we buy on an impulse and without thinking, items we really don’t care for, or need, and we discard them quickly. You have young girls buying a dress just for one party,” she told the Daily Mail. “This is totally unsustainable both on the planet and on people. We are depleting resources at an unprecedented speed.”
5. Firth is an Oxfam Global Ambassador & Is Involved in Fundraising Through The Circle Partnership
Firth is currently an Oxfam Global Ambassador. Oxfam is a group of 18 international organizations that is committed to human rights and ending poverty. Colin Firth has also served as an ambassador for Oxfam.
Firth is also involved as a member of The Circle, a group of influential women “who use their networks, skills and resources to help Oxfam empower vulnerable women and tackle poverty,” according to the organization. The Circle is involved with campaigning and fundraising events and she helped bring The Circle to Italy. She also donated her 2011 Oscar jewelry for a charity auction to benefit Oxfam.
In addition to Bangladesh, Firth has also visited Ethiopia, Zambia and Kenya for Oxfam and to get a first-hand look at the fashion supply chain.
“The system is no longer acceptable since Rana Plaza,” Firth said in a Vanity Fair interview, referencing the devastating collapse of a factor in Bangladesh that killed over 1,000 people. “The Third World factories are basically using slave labor.”