British actor who gained prominence for his roles in Pride & Prejudice and Shakespeare in Love. He received his first Academy nomination for A Single Man, and the next year he won an Academy Award for his role in The King's Speech. He also played prominent roles in the films Kingsman: The Secret Service, Love Actually, Mamma Mia! and Mary Poppins Returns.
He lived in England, Nigeria and the U.S. as a child.
He played The Master in the 1999 film The Turn of the Screw, which was based on the novel by Henry James.
He dated Pride and Prejudice co-star Jennifer Ehle from 1994 to 1995. He married Livia Giuggioli in 1997 and the two remained together for over 20 years before splitting in 2019. He has three sons named Will, Matteo and Luca.