British actor Colin Firth has become an Italian citizen, the country’s authorities have confirmed.
His wife – film producer Livia Giuggioli – is Italian, making the Bridget Jones star eligible for citizenship.
The Italian interior ministry confirmed the Oscar winner had been granted a passport.
The 56-year-old now has dual citizenship and can therefore keep his British passport.
The Italian interior ministry said: “The very famous actor, who won an Oscar for the film The King’s Speech, is married to a citizen from our country and has often declared his love for our land.”
The Pride and Prejudice actor has been married since 1997.
He lives with his wife and two children in London.