Mamma Mia! British star Colin Firth is now Italian

Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli at the world premiere of Kingsman: The Golden Circle in London.
Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli at the world premiere of Kingsman: The Golden Circle in London.PHOTO: REUTERS

ROME (AFP) - He may be famed for portraying the quintessential Englishman but for Italy, British actor Colin Firth has "amore" and more.

Firth took up Italian citizenship on Friday (Sept 22), the interior ministry in Rome announced.

"The celebrated actor, who received an Oscar for his work in the film The King's Speech, has married a citizen of our nation and has repeatedly expressed his love for our country," it said in a statement.

Firth, 57, married Italian producer Livia Giuggioli, 48, in 1997, according to the specialist movie site IMDb.

They have two children.

His many successes include Pride and Prejudice, Love Actually, Kingsman: The Secret Service and the movie adaptation of the stage show of Abba hits, Mamma Mia!