"He absolutely adores Will, but he had to choose between family life in an isolated log cabin, and working. Colin's a city person who needs his friends -- people he's been close to since he was at school," his sister Kate was quoted as saying in London's Daily Mail.
Five years after they began seeing each other, Firth and Tilly split for good. Ironically, Firth finally found the success he had been seeking. He was cast as Mr. Darcy in a BBC production of "Pride And Prejudice" and was elevated to heartthrob status.
Then, in 1996, while filming the television mini-series "Nostromo," Firth met Giuggioli. He was the star and she was a production assistant.
They married a year later on a hillside in Tuscany, and today, with their sons, ages nine and seven, they divide their time between homes in London and Italy.