Colin Firth in Tom Ford’s A Single Man

Colin Firth has scooped another award for his acclaimed portrayal of a grieving gay man in the film A Single Man.

In the film, directed by openly gay fashion design icon Tom Ford, Firth plays George Falconer, a 52 year old British college professor who is struggling to find meaning in his life after the death of his long time partner.

Accepting the award for Best Actor at the star-studded British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards last night, the 49 year old English actor revealed that he nearly turned down the role.

“What Tom Ford doesn’t know is I have the email in my outbox telling him I could not possibly do this. I was about to send this when a man came to repair my fridge… I don’t know what’s best for me so I would like to thank the fridge guy,” he said.

Firth also lauded Ford, who was a first-time director when he made the film: “I have worked with a lot of great directors and he’s up there with the best of them.”

Firth has already won a number of accolades for his work in A Single Man and has also been nominated for an Academy Award for his performance.

A Single Man is released in South Africa on 26 February.

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