December 13, 2019 / 10:58 PM / 8 months ago

'Bridget Jones' actor Colin Firth and wife split after 22 years

FILE PHOTO: Actor Colin Firth and his wife Livia Giuggioli attend the European premiere of "Mary Poppins Returns" in London, Britain December 12, 2018. REUTERS/John Sibley/File Photo

(Reuters) - British actor Colin Firth and his Italian wife on Friday announced they had split up after 22 years of marriage.

Firth, 59, known for playing stiff-upper-lipped Englishmen in films like “Love Actually,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and a television version of “Pride and Prejudice,” married documentary film producer Livia Giuggioli in 1997.

“Colin and Livia Firth have separated. They maintain a close friendship and remain united in their love for their children. They kindly ask for privacy. There will be no further comment,” representatives of the couple said in a joint statement.

Firth, one of Britain’s most beloved actors, won an Oscar and a Golden Globe in 2011 for his lead performance as a stuttering King George VI in “The King’s Speech.”

The couple’s decision to split follows an unpublicized separation several years ago, during which Livia Firth in a 2018 statement said that she had had a relationship with an Italian journalist. The couple later reunited.

Colin and Livia Firth have two sons.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Leslie Adler

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