Lived in Nigeria with parents until the age of four
Family briefly moved to St Louis, MO when he was in his early teens
Joined the National Theater doing odd jobs for the wardrobe department
Trained at the Drama Centre in North London, where he performed his first amateur "Hamlet"
London stage debut, "Another Country"; replaced Rupert Everett in the role of Guy Bennett
Film debut, "Another Country"; played Tommy Judd opposite Rupert Everett's Guy Bennett
American TV-movie debut, "Camille" (CBS)
Cast as an aspiring artist in the British miniseries "Lost Empires" (aired on PBS in 1987)
Won critical acclaim for "A Month in the Country"
Played a film buff who takes in a mysterious boarder in "Apartment Zero"
First starring role, playing the lead in Milos Forman's "Valmont"
Offered a harrowing portrayal of real-life Scottish soldier Robert Lawrence who had been left paralyzed in "Tumbledown"
Co-starred in the HBO TV drama "Hostages"
Played pivotal role of Simon Westward in "Circle of Friends"
Breakthrough role as Mr. Darcy in the BBC miniseries adaptation of Jane Austen's classic "Pride and Prejudice"
Landed featured role as Kristin Scott Thomas' husband in Anthony Minghella's "The English Patient"
Portrayed a foul-mouthed soccer player in "Fever Pitch"
Played Wessex, the intended groom of Gwyneth Paltrow's Viola, in "Shakespeare in Love"
Received raves for his stage performance in the London premiere of "Three Days of Rain" by Richard Greenberg
First published work "The Department of Nothing," a short story that appeared in <i>Speaking with the Angel</i>
Had featured role in "Relative Values" a film adaptation of a Noel Coward play
Played Mark Darcy opposite Renee Zellwegger's title character in "Bridget Jones' Diary"
Portrayed the Nazi secretary of state who took part in the Wannsee Conference in the historical drama "Conspiracy" (HBO); received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor
Played Jack Worthing in the remake of "The Importance of Being Earnest"
Joined the Richard Curtis ensemble, "Love Actually"
Co-Starred with Scarlett Johansson as painter Johannes Vermeer in "Girl with a Pearl Earring"
Reprised his role as Mark Darcy in "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Co-starred with Kevin Bacon as a showbiz duo whose career was ended abruptly amid scandal in "Where the Truth Lies"
Co-starred with Emma Thompson and Angela Lansbury in "Nanny McPhee"; scripted by Thompson
Portrayed general Aurelius in "The Last Legion"
Featured in Helen Hunt's directorial debut, "Then She Found Me"
Cast as Uma Thurman's fiancée in the romantic comedy "The Accidental Husband"
Cast as one of the potential fathers in the the film version of the ABBA-inspired musical "Mamma Mia!"
Co-starred in an adaptation of the play by Noël Coward, "Easy Virtue"
Starred as a college professor grappling with solitude after his longtime partner dies in Tom Ford's directorial debut "A Single Man"; earned Independent Spirit, Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actor
Voiced Scrooge's nephew in Robert Zemeckis' animated adaptation of <i>A Christmas Carol</i>
Earned critical acclaim for playing King George VI in "The King's Speech"
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture ¿ Drama ("The King¿s Speech")
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role ("The King¿s Speech")
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture ¿ Drama
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Co-starred with Orlando Bloom and Patricia Clarkson in the small-town drama "Main Street" (lensed 2010)
Co-starred with Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy in the thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"