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Hampshire college hails Colin Firth Oscar triumph

Colin Firth with his Oscar
Image caption Colin Firth was born in Hampshire and went to school in Winchester

The former drama teacher of Colin Firth has celebrated the actor's Oscar win for his role in the King's Speech.

Penny Edwards taught the star during his time at Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

Firth, 50, who had been firm favourite to win for his portrayal of King George VI battling a stammer, was named best actor at the ceremony.

Jonathan Prest, college principal, said the actor was a "fantastic" role model for students.

He added: "After all the excitement and build-up, it's tremendous to know that Colin is bringing home an Oscar and I'm thrilled that his hard work and dedication have earned him the international film industry's ultimate accolade.

"Colin is a tremendous ambassador for his art, for his country and, of course, for Barton Peveril College where his star potential first began to shine.

"He is a fantastic role model for our students and we're all incredibly proud of his achievements."

The Hampshire-born actor's former drama teacher Ms Edwards said: "I am so delighted and honoured to have taught Colin and it's wonderful to reflect on all that has led to his Oscar triumph.

"I'm really proud of the range of roles in his long acting career. He shows great versatility and never stops working.

"I particularly admire and envy the wide range of creative people Colin has collaborated with - a genuine tribute to how well he is respected in the film world."

Firth attended a school in Winchester before going to Barton Peveril College where he took his A-levels as a teenager.

The King's Speech picked up a total of four Oscars, including best picture.

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