The King’s Speech star Colin Firth given Freedom of the City of London

14:49 09 March 2012

Actor Colin Firth after receiving the Freedom of the City of London, at the Guildhall Art Gallery

Actor Colin Firth after receiving the Freedom of the City of London, at the Guildhall Art Gallery

PA Wire/Press Association Images

The King’s Speech star Colin Firth has received the Freedom of the City of London for his services to acting.

The actor, who won a Bafta, Screen Actors’ Guild Award, Golden Globe and Academy Award for his outstanding performance as King George VI in The King’s Speech, was nominated for the Freedom by Alderman David Wootton, Lord Mayor of the City of London, and Richard Regan, Chief Commoner of the City of London Corporation.

Firth has also starred in Pride and Prejudice, The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love, Fever Pitch, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Mamma Mia!, Love Actually and recently featured in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

“London is my home and I’m hugely touched and honoured by this gesture,” he said.

The Lord Mayor said: “Colin Firth is a very deserving candidate for the Freedom of the City of London, and I am delighted that he accepted the City’s invitation to receive it.

“Colin’s Freedom has been bestowed on him in recognition of services to acting and, in particular, for his award-winning performance in Tom Hooper’s wonderful film.”

The Freedom is offered to individuals by the City of London Corporation to help celebrate a significant achievement.

Many of the traditional privileges associated with the freedom, such as driving sheep over London Bridge, no longer exist.

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 19:25
Charlotte Harris

Police are attempting to trace Charlotte Harris from Germany who has not been seen since dumping her luggage outside St Pancras Station.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:15
A tight squeeze (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Scores of fun runners donned giant sumo wrestler suits to take part in a race around Battersea Park.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:58
Two people have been arrested over FGM of an 11-year-old

A woman from Hackney and a pensioner from Newham have been arrested over conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation.

Read more

Top Stories

Promotions

Renault Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the Zoe was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

Always wanted to create your own beer? Perfect Pint are giving you the chance.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

The Week subscription offer

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.

Quizzes

How much do you really know about QPR legends like Les Ferdinand? Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Test your knowledge of QPR’s greatest players with our fantastic legends quiz.

Read more
How much do you know about films in London? (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Do you know your Lock Stock from your Long Good Friday, Sliding Doors from Shakespeare in Love?

Read more
How much about this great city do you really know? Take our true Londoner quiz and find out (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Do you know your apples from your pears? Take our Cockney quiz and see how much of a Londoner you really are.

Read more