British actor Colin Firth gets dual Italian citizenship after Brexit vote

In this file photo, actor Colin Firth poses for photographers upon arrival at the screening of the film Loving at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, on Monday, May 16, 2016. (File photo by AP)
Updated 24 September 2017
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British actor Colin Firth gets dual Italian citizenship after Brexit vote

ROME: British actor Colin Firth, who has often played the role of a quintessential Englishman in his many films, has become an Italian citizen, Italy’s 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 ministry said in a statement.
Firth said he would remain a dual national, adding that his Italian-born wife would also be seeking British nationality.
“We never really thought much about our different passports,” the actor said in a statement.
“But now, with some of the uncertainty around, we thought it sensible that we should all get the same,” he added, in an apparent reference to last year’s British vote to leave the European Union.
Firth has been married to Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli since 1997 and the couple live with their two sons in Britain. Unlike some other EU countries, Italy and Britain both allow dual nationality.
“My wife and I are both extremely proud of our own countries,” Firth said.
A number of EU countries, including Germany, France and Ireland, have reported a surge in British citizens seeking a new nationality in the wake of the Brexit vote.
The Italian announcement came just hours after British Prime Minister Theresa May flew to Florence to make a keynote speech to try to revive stalled Brexit negotiations and reassure worried business leaders.


Tokyo 2020 official mascots unveiled at ceremony

Updated 22 July 2018
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Tokyo 2020 official mascots unveiled at ceremony

  • The mascot for the Olympics is named Miraitowa while the Paralympic mascot will be known as Someity
  • The two mascot designs were selected by elementary schoolchildren across Japan

TOKYO: The official mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics were unveiled at a ceremony in downtown Tokyo on Sunday.
The mascot for the Olympics is named Miraitowa while the Paralympic mascot will be known as Someity.
Miraitowa is a combination of the Japanese words for future and eternity while Someity comes from a popular cherry blossom variety “Someiyoshino” and echoes the English phrase “so mighty.”
The two mascot designs were selected by elementary schoolchildren across Japan.
The selection process involving schoolchildren was introduced to get students enthusiastic about the games while also ensuring transparency.
Organizers say the pair of futuristic characters combine tradition and innovation. The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled for July 24 to Aug. 9, 2020.