Colin Firth was told to dye hair for Pride and Prejudice as he was 'too ginger'

Screenwriter Andrew Davies reveals star almost missed out on role of Mr Darcy in BBC drama, which launched his career

Colin Firth almost missed out on the leading role that launched his acting career because his hair was thought to be too ginger.

Firth became a British heartthrob overnight after his portrayal of Mr Darcy in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

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