Edward M. Sears is an American actor, known for his roles as Richard Patrick Woolsley on the TNT legal drama series Raising the Bar, Patrick on the first season of FX anthology horror drama American Horror Story, Dr. Austin Langham on the Showtime period drama series Masters of Sex, DC Comics supervillain Hunter Zolomon / Zoom on The Flash. Sears was born in Washington, D. C. and raised in Maryland. He attended high school at the Landon School in Bethesda, MD. Sears played varsity football for the University of Maryland, carrying on the family tradition of athletic excellence inspired by his great-grandfather who won a gold medal in the 1912 Olympics for pistol shooting, again by his aunt who took home a bronze in the 1956 Olympics for the 100-yard butterfly, he transferred and graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in business management in 1999. Sears' business career was sidetracked. After his first audition he wound up with a two-year contract role on the daytime series One Life to Live.
After several appearances on the Law & Order franchise and Whoopi, he decided to pursue a two-year acting program with one of New York's top teachers, William Esper. This training led to comedy stints on the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Sears landed his first studio film when he flew himself out to Los Angeles to read for an unrelated project, he co-starred on the TNT original series Raising the Bar portraying public defender Richard Patrick Woolsley. Sears appeared in Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, the Lifetime original film The Client List, as Thomas Cole in The Defenders. In 2013, Sears joined the cast of the Showtime drama Masters of Sex, about the work of Masters and Johnson. From 2015 to 2016, Sears had been cast in the second season in a recurring role of The CW's DC Comics television series The Flash introduced as Jay Garrick / Flash, until it was revealed that his character was Hunter Zolomon / Zoom. In 2017, he starred as Keith Mullins in 24: Legacy. Sears married actress Milissa Skoro on October 5, 2013.
In his free time he plays ice hockey. He has two brothers and Ricky, a sister Dana. Teddy Sears on IMDb
Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture; this philosophy was best exemplified by Fallingwater, called "the best all-time work of American architecture". His creative period spanned more than 70 years. Wright was the pioneer of what came to be called the Prairie School movement of architecture, he developed the concept of the Usonian home in Broadacre City, his unique vision for urban planning in the United States. In addition to his houses, Wright designed original and innovative offices, schools, hotels and other structures, he designed interior elements for these buildings, as well, including furniture and stained glass. Wright was a popular lecturer in the United States and Europe. Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time".
His colorful personal life made headlines, notably for leaving his first wife, Catherine Lee "Kitty" Tobin for Mamah Borthwick Cheney, the murders at his Taliesin estate in 1914, his tempestuous marriage with second wife Miriam Noel, his relationship with Olga Lazovich Hinzenburg, who became his third wife in 1928. Frank Lloyd Wright was born Frank Lincoln Wright in the farming town of Richland Center, United States, in 1867, his father, William Cary Wright, was an orator, music teacher, occasional lawyer, itinerant minister. Wright's mother, Anna Lloyd Jones, met William Cary Wright while working as a county school teacher when William was the superintendent of schools for Richland County. From Massachusetts, William Wright had been a Baptist minister, but he joined his wife's family in the Unitarian faith. Anna was a member of the well-known Lloyd Jones family who had emigrated from Wales to Spring Green, Wisconsin. One of Anna's brothers was Jenkin Lloyd Jones, an important figure in the spread of the Unitarian faith in the Midwest.
Both of Wright's parents were strong-willed individuals with artistic interests that they passed on to him. According to Wright's autobiography, his mother declared when she was expecting that her first child would grow up to build beautiful buildings, she decorated his nursery with engravings of English cathedrals torn from a periodical to encourage the infant's ambition. In 1870, the family moved to Weymouth, where William ministered to a small congregation. In 1876, Anna visited the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, where she saw an exhibit of educational blocks created by Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel; the blocks, known as Froebel Gifts, were the foundation of his innovative kindergarten curriculum. Anna, a trained teacher, was excited by the program and bought a set with which young Wright spent much time playing; the blocks in the set were geometrically shaped and could be assembled in various combinations to form three-dimensional compositions. In his autobiography, Wright described the influence of these exercises on his approach to design: "For several years, I sat at the little kindergarten table-top… and played… with the cube, the sphere and the triangle—these smooth wooden maple blocks… All are in my fingers to this day… " Many of Wright's buildings are notable for their geometrical clarity.
The Wright family struggled financially in Weymouth and returned to Spring Green, where the supportive Lloyd Jones clan could help William find employment. They settled in Madison, where William taught music lessons and served as the secretary to the newly formed Unitarian society. Although William was a distant parent, he shared his love of music the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, with his children. Soon after Wright turned 14, his parents separated. Anna had been unhappy for some time with William's inability to provide for his family and asked him to leave; the divorce was finalized in 1885. William left Wisconsin after the divorce, Wright claimed he never saw his father again. At this time he changed his middle name from Lincoln to Lloyd in honor of his mother's family, the Lloyd Joneses. Wright attended Madison High School. In 1886 he was admitted to the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a special student. While there, Wright joined Phi Delta Theta fraternity, took classes part-time for two semesters, worked with Allan D. Conover, a professor of civil engineering.
Wright left the school without taking a degree, although he was granted an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the university in 1955. In 1887, Wright arrived in Chicago in search of employment; as a result of the devastating Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and a population boom, new development was plentiful. Wright recalled that while his first impressions of Chicago were that of grimy neighborhoods, crowded streets, disappointing architecture, he was determined to find work. Within days, after interviews with several prominent firms, he was hired as a draftsman with the architectural firm of Joseph Lyman Silsbee. Wright collaborated with Silsbee—accredited as the draftsman and the construction supervisor—on the 1886 Unity Chapel for Wright's family in Spring Green. While with the firm, he worked on two other family projects: All Souls Church in Chicago for his uncle, Jenkin Lloyd Jones, the Hillside Home School I in Spring Green for two of his aunts. Other draftsmen who worked for Silsbee in 1887 included future architects Cecil Corwin, George W. Maher, George G
Lee Grinner Pace is an American actor. He starred as Thranduil the Elvenking in The Hobbit trilogy, as the protagonist Joe MacMillan for four seasons in AMC's television drama Halt and Catch Fire, he played Roy Walker/the Masked Bandit in the 2006 film The Fall. Pace has appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ronan the Accuser, a role he first appeared as in Guardians of the Galaxy, reprised in Captain Marvel, he has appeared including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 as Garrett. He starred as Ned in the ABC series Pushing Daisies for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2008. Pace is the son of Charlotte, a schoolteacher, James Roy Pace, an engineer, he has two siblings, a sister named a younger brother named William Pace. As a child, Pace spent several years in Saudi Arabia. Pace attended Klein High School in Spring, Texas, a suburb of Houston, with future fellow actor Matt Bomer. Pace temporarily quit high school to act at Houston's Alley Theatre before returning to graduate.
At the Alley, he appeared in productions of The Spider's The Greeks. In 1997, Pace was accepted by the Juilliard School's Drama Division as a member of Group 30, which included actors Anthony Mackie and Tracie Thoms. While there, he acted in several plays, including Romeo and Juliet as Romeo, Richard II in the title role, Julius Caesar as Cassius, he graduated from Juilliard with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After graduation, Pace starred in several off-Broadway plays, including The Credeaux Canvas and The Fourth Sister, he starred in a production of Craig Lucas's Small Tragedy, for which he was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award as Outstanding Actor. In 2006, Pace starred in the two-character play Guardians by Peter Morris, which earned Pace his second nomination for a Lortel Award as Outstanding Actor. April 19, 2011 marked Pace's Broadway debut; the show ran for a total of 96 performances, with its closing night on July 10, 2011. Pace played the character Bruce Niles in the show. Pace was cast as composer Vincenzo Bellini in Golden Age, which began previews November 15, 2012.
The play, written by Terrence McNally, began its official run at the Manhattan Theatre Club December 4, 2012. The previews were scheduled for November 13, 2012 but two shows were cancelled as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Pace played the role of Joe Pitt in the Broadway transfer of the National Theatre's production of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. Previews began at the Neil Simon Theatre on February 23, 2018, the show opened on March 25, 2018. Pace first gained recognition for his role in the 2003 film Soldier’s Girl, based on real events, in which he played the central role of Calpernia Addams. Of the role, Pace has said: Not my excellent training at Juilliard prepared me for my first movie role, where I played a transsexual who falls in love with a military guy in Soldier’s Girl. Here I was, this 6 feet 3 inches, 190 pounds, lanky kid from Chickasha, not knowing how to begin being a woman. So I saw documentaries about transsexuals, I lost twenty-five pounds, I put on prosthetic boobs and hips to become that character.
There were times I’d look in the mirror and wonder, ‘What am I doing to my life here? My dad is going to kill me!’ But the reason I went into acting was to be able to play parts as complicated and important as this one. In playing a transsexual, I got the chance to help change people’s perspective about other people, and, a powerful thing. I’m playing a swashbuckling bandit in my next film, but I’ll always be proud of Soldier’s Girl ”. Pace won a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor and was nominated for several other awards, including a Golden Globe Award, for his work in this film. In 2008, Pace starred in the film Miss Pettigrew Lives in Tarsem Singh's The Fall; the Fall was well received amongst critics and viewers alike and where Pace starred in one of his most artistic roles. His next film was the movie Possession with Sarah Michelle Gellar. Pace played supporting roles in The White Countess, When in Rome and The Good Shepherd. In 2010, Pace appeared as Phil Winslow in the film Marmaduke. In 2012, Pace starred as Garrett, the nomadic vampire, in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.
Pace was admittedly aware of the reputation linked to the Twilight franchise, revealed that he "went in to this a little like ‘You know what you’re getting into, just do what you can.’ " However, he enjoyed the experience and only had praise for the director Bill Condon. Stephenie Meyer, the author of the Twilight saga, was satisfied with Pace’s performance as Garrett, since he "stood out as someone, just so much fun and looked the part." The movie was met with a mixed reception by critics, some critics, such as Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times, whose only issue was that he was introduced too late in the series: "Why, oh, why didn’t they introduce him sooner?" Meanwhile, Sara Stewart of the New York Post described him as a “standout”. Pace appreciates the support of the fans, said that he felt their support while he was appearing in Golden Age on Broadway: "a lot of them come to the play, nice nice. I just appreciate that Twilight does bring a Community of people together."On April 30, 2011, it was announced that Pace had been cast as the king of the Mirkwood Elves, Thranduil, in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.
66th Venice International Film Festival
The 66th annual Venice International Film Festival, held in Venice, was held from 2 to 12 September 2009, with Maria Grazia Cucinotta serving as the festival's hostess. The opening film of the festival was Baarìa by Giuseppe Tornatore and the closing film was Chengdu, I Love You by Fruit Chan and Cui Jian; the international competition jury, chaired by Ang Lee, awarded the Golden Lion to Lebanon by Samuel Maoz. The international juries of the 66th Venice International Film Festival were composed as follows:Main competition Ang Lee, Taiwanese director and producer Sergei Bodrov, Russian director and producer Sandrine Bonnaire, French actress and screenwriter Liliana Cavani, Italian director and screenwriter Joe Dante, American director, producer and actor Anurag Kashyap, Indian director, writer and actor Luciano Ligabue, Italian director and singer-songwriterHorizons Pere Portabella, Spanish politician and producer Bady Minck, Luxembourger filmmaker and artist Gina Kim, South Korean filmmaker and academic Garin Nugroho, Indonesian director Gianfranco Rosi, Italian director, cinematographer and screenwriterOpera Prima Haile Gerima, Ethiopian filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, American director and screenwriter Gianni Di Gregorio, Italian director and actor Antoine Fuqua, American director and producer Sam Taylor-Wood, English filmmaker and photographerCorto-Cortissimo Stuart Gordon American filmmaker, theatre director and playwright Steve Ricci, Italian cinematographer and editor Sitora Alieva, Russian artistic director of the International Film Festival KinotavControcampo Italiano Carlo Lizzani, Italian director and critic Giulio Questi, Italian director and screenwriter Marina Sanna, Italian chief editor of cinema magazine The following films competed for the Golden Lion: Highlighted title indicates Golden Lion for Best Short winner.
The following films were screened as Out of competition: The following films were selected for the Short film competition section: Highlighted title indicates Corto Cortissimo Lion winner. The following films were selected for the Horizons section: Highlighted title indicates the Lion of the Future winner As part of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement 2009, conferred to John Lasseter and the Directors of Disney-Pixar, the following American animation films were presented: The Incredibles by Brad Bird Up by Pete Docter & Bob Peterson Toy Story 3-D by John Lasseter Toy Story 2 3-D by John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon Finding Nemo by Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich The following films, representing "new trends in Italian cinema", were screened in this section: For this retrospective section on Italian cinema, 39 feature and 26 short films were screened, including documentaries; the films were from the period 1946 - 1971, with a few only films going back to the 1930s and reaching up to 2009.
This is a list of the fiction feature films screened: The following films were selected for the 24th International Film Critics' Week: * Special Event in collaboration with Venice Days The following films were selected for the 6th edition of Venice Days autonomous section: The following Official Awards were conferred at the 66th edition of the festival:In competition Golden Lion: Lebanon by Samuel Maoz Silver Lion for Best Director: Shirin Neshat for Women Without Men Special Jury Prize: Soul Kitchen by Fatih Akın Volpi Cup for Best Actor: Colin Firth, for A Single Man Volpi Cup for Best Actress: Kseniya Rappoport, for The Double Hour Marcello Mastroianni Award, for the best emerging actor or actress: Jasmine Trinca for The Big Dream Osella for Outstanding Technical Contribution: Sylvie Olivé for Mr. Nobody Osella for Best Screenplay: Todd Solondz for Life During WartimeHorizons awards Best Film: Engkwentro by Pepe Diokno Best Documentary: 1428 by Haibin DuSpecial mention: The Man's Woman and Other Stories by Amit DuttaLion of the Future Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film: Engkwentro by Pepe Diokno Short Film awards Best Short Film: Firstborn by Etienne Kallos Venice Nomination to the European Film Awards 2009: Sinner by Meni PhilipSpecial mention: Felicità by Salomé AleksiControcampo Italiano Best feature Film: Cosmonaut by Susanna NicchiarelliSpecial mention: In the Eyes by Francesco Del Grosso, Daniele AnzellottiSpecial awards Special Lion for Overall Work: John Lasseter and the Directors of Disney-Pixar Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award: Sylvester Stallone Persol 3-D Award for Best Stereoscopic Film: The Hole by Joe Dante The following collateral awards were conferred to films of the autonomous sections:Venice International Film Critics' Week "Region of Veneto for quality cinema" Award: Tehroun by Takmil Homayoun Nader Future Film Festival Digital Award: Metropia by Tarik Saleh & Special mention for Up by Pete DocterVenice Days Label Europa Cinemas Award: The Last Days of Emma Blank by Alex van WarmerdamFEDIC Award - Special mention: What Do You Know About Me by Valerio Jalongo The following collateral awards were conferred to films of the official selection: FIPRESCI Award:Best Film: Lourdes by Jessica Hausner Best Film: Adrift by Bui Thac Chuyen SIGNIS Award: Lourdes by Jessica HausnerSpecial mention: Lebanon by Samuel MaozFrancesco Pasinetti Award: Best Director: Giuseppe Tornatore for Baarìa Best Film: The White Space by Francesca Comencini Best A
John Edward Lautner was an American architect. Following an apprenticeship in the mid-1930s with Frank Lloyd Wright, Lautner opened his own practice in 1938, where he would work for the remainder of his career. Lautner practiced in California, the majority of his works were residential. Lautner is best remembered for his contribution to the development of the Googie style, as well as for several Atomic Age houses he designed in the late 1950s and early 1960s, which include the Leonard Malin House, Paul Sheats House, Russ Garcia House. Lautner was of mixed Austrian and Irish descent, his father, John Edward Lautner, who migrated from Germany ca. 1870, was self-educated, but gained a place at the University of Michigan as an adult and studied philosophy in Göttingen, Leipzig and Paris. In 1901, he was appointed as head of French and German at the founded Marquette Northern State Normal School, where he became a teacher, his mother, Vida Cathleen, was painter. The Lautners were keenly interested in art and architecture and in May 1918, their Marquette home "Keepsake", designed by Joy Wheeler Dow, was featured in the magazine The American Architect.
A crucial early influence in Lautner's life was the construction of the family's idyllic summer cabin, "Midgaard", sited on a rock shelf on a remote headland on the shore on Lake Superior. The Lautners designed and built the cabin themselves and his mother designed and painted all the interior details, based on her study of Norse houses. In 1929, Lautner enrolled in the Liberal Arts program at his father's college – now renamed Northern State Teachers College – where he studied philosophy, physics, drafting and architectural history, read the work of Immanuel Kant and Henri Bergson, played woodwinds and piano, developed an interest in jazz, he furthered his studies in Boston and New York City. In 1933, Lautner graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts. In April 1933, after reading the autobiography of Frank Lloyd Wright, Vida Lautner approached the architect, who had launched his apprenticeship program at Taliesin. Lautner was admitted to the Fellowship, but he had become engaged to a neighbor, Mary Faustina Roberts and could not afford the fees, so Vida approached MaryBud's mother, who agreed to pay for the couple to join the program.
John soon realized that he had little interest in formal drafting and avoided the Taliesin drafting room, preferring daily duties of "carpenter, farmer and dishwasher, an apprentice, which I still believe is the real way to learn". From 1933 to 1939, he studied under Wright at the studios in Wisconsin and Arizona. Lautner progressed under Wright's mentorship. By 1934, — the year he and MaryBud married, he was preparing design details for a Wright house in Los Angeles for Alice Millard, working on the Playhouse and Studios at Taliesin, he had the first of many articles published in the Wisconsin State Journal and Capital Times; the following year, he was assigned to what became a two-year project supervising a Wright-designed house in Marquette for MaryBud's mother. In 1937, he agreed to oversee the construction of the Johnson residence "Wingspread" near Racine and traveled with Wright to supervise photography of the Malcolm Willey House in Minneapolis, which became a key source for his own small houses.
He was deeply involved in the construction of the Drafting Room at Taliesin West – which influenced the design of his Mauer House – collated photographs of Wright's work for a 1938 special issue of Architectural Forum and briefly returned to Taliesin to help assemble models and materials for a 1940 Museum of Modern Art exhibition. Lautner left the Fellowship in early 1938 to establish his own architecture practice in Los Angeles, but he told his mentor that, while seeking an independent career, he remained "ready to do anything you or your Fellowship need", they worked together on around eleven Los Angeles projects over the next five years and their association continued sporadically. The Lautners arrived in Los Angeles in March 1938 and their first child Karol was born in May. Lautner's first independent project was a low-cost $2500 one-bedroom frame house for the Springer family, built with his contractor friend Paul Speer, but this was to be the only product of their brief collaboration.
In September 1938, Wright contacted him and this led to Lautner's supervision of a series of Los Angeles domestic projects, the Sturges, Lowe and Mauer houses. His first significant solo project was his own Los Angeles home, the Lautner House, which helped to establish his name – it was the subject of Lautner's first article on his own work, published in the June–July edition of California Arts & Architecture, it was featured in Home Beautiful where it was lauded by Henry-Russell Hitchcock as "the best house in the United States by an architect under thirty". During this period, Lautner worked with Wright on the designs of the Sturges House in Brentwood Heights, California and on the unbuilt Jester House. Lautner supervised the building of the Sturges House for Wright, but during construction he ran into serious design and construction problems which climaxed with the threat of legal action by the owners, forcing Wright to bring in students from Taliesin to complete repairs. In the meantime, the Bell and Green projects had both stalled due to rising costs.
The Greens canceled, but Wright gave the B
Julianne Moore is an American actress and children's author. Prolific in film since the early 1990s, she is known for her portrayals of troubled women in both independent and Hollywood films, has received many accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actress. After studying theatre at Boston University, Moore began her career with a series of television roles. From 1985 to 1988, she was a regular in the soap opera As the World Turns, earning a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance, her film debut was in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, she continued to play small roles for the next four years, including in the thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. Moore first received critical attention with Robert Altman's Short Cuts, successive performances in Vanya on 42nd Street and Safe continued this acclaim. Starring roles in the blockbusters Nine Months and The Lost World: Jurassic Park established her as a leading lady in Hollywood. Moore received considerable recognition in the late 1990s and early 2000s, earning Oscar nominations for Boogie Nights, The End of the Affair, Far from Heaven and The Hours.
In the first of these, she played a 1970s pornographic actress, while the other three featured her as an unhappy, mid-20th century housewife. She had success with the films The Big Lebowski, Hannibal, Children of Men, A Single Man, The Kids Are All Right, Crazy, Stupid and won several awards for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in the television film Game Change. Moore went on to give an Academy Award-winning performance as an Alzheimer's patient in Still Alice and was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for Maps to the Stars, she appeared in the final two films of The Hunger Games series and starred in the spy film Kingsman: The Golden Circle. In addition to acting, Moore has written a series of children's books about a character named "Freckleface Strawberry", she is married to director Bart Freundlich. Moore was born Julie Anne Smith on December 3, 1960, at the Fort Bragg army installation in North Carolina, the oldest of 3 siblings, her father, Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, attained the rank of colonel and became a military judge.
Her Scottish mother, was a psychologist and social worker from Greenock, who emigrated to the United States in 1951 with her family. Moore has a younger sister, Valerie Smith, a younger brother, the novelist Peter Moore Smith; as Moore is half-Scottish, she claimed British citizenship in 2011 to honor her deceased mother. Moore moved around the United States as a child, due to her father's occupation, she was close to her family as a result, but has said she never had the feeling of coming from one particular place. The family lived in multiple locations, including Alabama, Texas, Nebraska, New York, Virginia, Moore attended nine different schools; the constant relocating made her an insecure child, she struggled to establish friendships. Despite these difficulties, Moore remarked that an itinerant lifestyle was beneficial to her future career: "When you move around a lot, you learn that behavior is mutable. I would change, depending on where I was... It teaches you to watch, to reinvent, that character can change."When Moore was 16, the family moved from Falls Church, where Moore had been attending J.
E. B. Stuart High School, to Frankfurt, where she attended Frankfurt American High School, she was clever and studious, a self-proclaimed "good girl", she planned to become a doctor. She had never considered performing, or attended the theatre, but she was an avid reader and it was this hobby that led her to begin acting at the school, she appeared in several plays, including Tartuffe and Medea, with the encouragement of her English teacher, she chose to pursue a theatrical career. Moore's parents supported her decision, but asked that she train at university to provide the added security of a college degree, she was accepted to Boston University and graduated with a BFA in Theatre in 1983. Moore moved to New York City after graduating, worked as a waitress. After registering her stage name with Actors' Equity, she began her career in 1985 with off-Broadway theatre, her first screen role came in an episode of the soap opera The Edge of Night. Her break came the following year. Playing the dual roles of half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina Hughes, she found this intensive work to be an important learning experience, she said of it fondly: "I gained confidence and learned to take responsibility."
Moore performed on the show until 1988, when she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series. Before leaving As the World Turns, she had a role in the 1987 CBS miniseries I'll Take Manhattan. Once she had finished the soap opera, she turned to the stage to play Ophelia in a Guthrie Theater production of Hamlet opposite Željko Ivanek; the actress returned intermittently to television over the next three years, appearing in the TV movies Money, Murder, The Last to Go, Cast a Deadly Spell. In 1990, Moore began working with stage director Andre Gregory on a workshop theatre production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. Described by Moore as "one of the most fundamentally important acting experiences I had", the group spent four years exploring the text and giving intimate performances to friends. In 1990, Moore made her cinematic debut as a mummy's victim in Tales from the Darksid
Colin Andrew Firth is an English actor who has received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two BAFTA Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival. In 2010, Firth's portrayal of King George VI in Tom Hooper's The King's Speech won him the Academy Award for Best Actor. Identified in the late 1980s with the "Brit Pack" of rising, young British actors, it was not until his portrayal of Fitzwilliam Darcy in the 1995 television adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice that he received more widespread attention; this led to roles in films, such as The English Patient, Bridget Jones's Diary, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award, Shakespeare in Love, Love Actually. In 2009, Firth received widespread critical acclaim for his leading role in A Single Man, for which he gained his first Academy Award nomination, won a BAFTA Award. In 2014, Firth portrayed secret agent Harry Hart in the film Kingsman: The Secret Service.
In 2018, he co-starred as William "Weatherall" Wilkins in the musical fantasy Mary Poppins Returns. His films have grossed more than $3 billion from 42 releases worldwide. In 2011, Firth received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was selected as one of the Time 100, he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Winchester in 2007, was made a Freeman of the City of London in 2012. He has campaigned for the rights of indigenous tribal people, is a member of Survival International. Firth has campaigned on issues of asylum seekers, refugees' rights, the environment, he commissioned and co-authored a scientific paper on a study into the differences in brain structure between people of differing political orientations. Firth was born in the village of Grayshott, Hampshire, to parents who were both academics and teachers, his mother, Shirley Jean, was a comparative religion lecturer at King Alfred's College, his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, was a history lecturer at King Alfred's and education officer for the Nigerian Government.
Firth is the eldest of three children. His maternal grandparents were Congregationalist ministers and his paternal grandfather was an Anglican priest; as a child, Firth travelled due to his parents' work, spending some years in Nigeria. He lived in St. Louis, when he was 11, which he has described as "a difficult time". On returning to England, he attended the Montgomery of Alamein Secondary School, which at the time was a state comprehensive school in Winchester, Hampshire, he was the target of bullying. To counter this, he adopted the local working class Hampshire accent and copied his schoolmates' lack of interest in schoolwork. By the time he was 14, Firth had decided to be a professional actor, having attended drama workshops from the age of 10; until further education, he was not academically inclined saying in an interview, "I didn't like school. I just thought it was boring and mediocre and nothing they taught me seemed to be of any interest at all." However, at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in Eastleigh, he was imbued with a love of English literature by an enthusiastic teacher, Penny Edwards, has said that his two years at Barton Peveril were "among the two happiest years of my life".
After his sixth form years, Firth joined the National Youth Theatre. There, he made many contacts in the acting world, from which he got a job in the wardrobe department at the National Theatre. From there, he went on to study at Drama Centre London. Playing Hamlet in the Drama Centre end of year production, Firth was spotted by playwright Julian Mitchell, who cast him as the gay, ambitious public schoolboy Guy Bennett in the 1983 West End production of Another Country. In 1984, Firth made his film debut in the role of Tommy Judd, Guy Bennett's straight, Marxist school friend in the screen adaptation of the play; this was the start of longstanding public feud between Firth and Everett, resolved. He starred with Sir Laurence Olivier in Lost Empires, a TV adaptation of J. B. Priestley's novel. In 1987, Firth along with other up and coming British actors such as Tim Roth, Bruce Payne and Paul McGann were dubbed the'Brit Pack'; that same year, he appeared alongside Kenneth Branagh in the film version of J. L. Carr's A Month in the Country.
Sheila Johnston observed a theme in his early works of playing those traumatised by war. Firth portrayed real-life British soldier Robert Lawrence MC in the 1988 BBC dramatisation Tumbledown. Lawrence was injured at the Battle of Mount Tumbledown during the Falklands War, the film details his struggles to adjust to his disability whilst confronted with indifference from the government and the public; the film attracted controversy at the time, with criticism coming from left and right ends of the political spectrum. Firth's performance led to a Royal TV Society Best Actor Award and he was nominated for the 1989 BAFTA Television Award. In 1989, he played the title role based on Les Liaisons dangereuses; this did not make a big impact in comparison. The same year, he played a paranoid awkward character in Argentinian psychological thriller Apartment Zero. Firth became a household name through his role as the aloof and haughty aristocrat Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC television adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and