(born 27 October 1953) is an English actor. He is well known for a variety of starring roles in film and on television from the 1970s to the 2000s.
Firth was a leading child actor by mid-1970, starring in The Flaxton Boys
as Archie Weekes and the Here Come the Double Deckers
series, which featured child actors in the leading roles. Firth played Scooper, the leader of the gang.
In July 1973, he appeared at the National Theatre
, starring in the stage version of Peter Shaffer
's play Equus
, playing a teenager being treated by a psychiatrist, and in October 1974 repeated the role in the Broadway production, receiving a Tony Award
nomination for his performance as Alan Strang.
His first major role as an adult was in the title role in a 1976 BBC Television Play of the Month
adaptation of Oscar Wilde
's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray
. The adaptation was based on a stage adaptation by John Osborne
and also starred Jeremy Brett
and John Gielgud
. That same year saw the release of the World War I film Aces High
which featured Firth as the inexperienced RFC
pilot Lt. Stephen Croft.
Firth played the lead role in the unsuccessful film adaptation of Henry Fielding
's Joseph Andrews
(1977). That same year, he starred in the film adaptation of Equus
, with Richard Burton
. The film was only a moderate box office success, but earned Firth a nomination for... Read More