This weeks HDH was born in Grayshott, Hampshire, England on September 10, 1960 to Shirley, a comparative religion lecturer and David, a history lecturer.
He has one sister, Kate & a younger brother, Jonathan, who is also an actor.
His parents were born and raised in India as his grandparents (both sets) performed missionary work abroad.
He spent part of his childhood in Nigeria and lived in St. Louis, MO when he was 11.
In 1990 he and his current girlfriend, Meg Tilly, had son Will. He married Italian documentary filmmaker Livia Giuggioli in 1997 and has had two sons, Luca and Matteo.
It was the 1995 BBC television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that he gained wider renown and he became known as a heart-throb because of his role as Fitzwilliam Darcy.
He has starred in a number of "genuinely British" films and series including The English Patient, Fever Pitch, Shakespeare In Love, Bridget Jones's Diary, The Importance of Being Earnest, Love Actually, What a Girl Wants & Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. He has also appeared in recent television productions, Including Donovan Quick, Conspiracy and starred as Aishwarya Rai in The Last Legion.
In a 2006 interview he was asked "Who are the women in your life?" He replied "My mother, my wife and Jane Austen".
This weeks Hump Day Hottie is ~ Colin Firth