Colin Firth nearly missed out on ‘Pride and Prejudice’ role as his hair was too “ginger”

Firth's portrayal of Mr Darcy launched his acting career in 1995

Colin Firth was told to dye his hair in order to play Mr Darcy in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice as it was “too ginger.”

Firth became a household name for his role as the Jane Austen-created heartthrob in the BBC mini-series, which saw Firth star opposite Jennifer Ehle.

Screenwriter Andrew Davies has now revealed the previously-unknown and potentially hair-raising quandary that Firth was put through in order to play the role of Darcy. As reported by The Guardian, Davies, who was appearing at an ‘In Conversation’ event at the BFI in London to celebrate his 80th birthday last night (September 21), revealed how he had his doubts about Firth’s physical suitability for the role.

“With Colin I was a bit doubtful because his [hair] colouring at the time didn’t have those dark curls back then,” Davis said, before bringing up how producer Sue Birtwistle had supported the casting of Firth. “Sue was absolutely convinced that he would be wonderful [for the role of Darcy], but we said he had to go dark and he did go dark. He’s stayed dark ever since, so he must have liked it.”

When quizzed on what the colour of Firth’s hair was like prior to starring in Pride and Prejudice, Davis said: “Underneath all that, he’s sort of fairly ginger.”