The news was announced in a statement released by a spokesperson at the Italian interior ministry, who said: ‘The very famous actor, who won an Oscar for the film The King’s Speech, is married to a citizen from our country and has often declared his love for our land.’

The 57-year-old actor is married to Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli who is currently applying for a British passport.
The pair have been married since 1997 and live in the Chiswick, London with their two sons, Matteo, 13, and Luca, 16.
Due to Italy’s laws, Firth – who is currently starring in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, can now hold dual citizenship and so is able to keep his UK passport.
It was reported in May the actor had made a formal application for Italian citizenship in the wake of the ‘leave’ vote during last year’s Brexit.
He had previously said in an interview with an Austrian newspaper: ‘Brexit is a disaster of unexpected proportions that does not have a single positive outlook.
‘Many colleagues, including Emma Thompson, are, like me, enthusiastic Europeans, and we still cannot believe it.’
However the actor has promised he will remain (oof, maybe we should avoid that word) ‘extremely British’ – phew!
In a statement he said: ‘My wife and I are both extremely proud of our own countries. We feel that we’ve made a gift of that to each other.
‘Our children have been dual citizens since the beginning. We never really thought much about our different passports. But now, with some of the uncertainty around, we thought it sensible that we should all get the same.
‘I will always be extremely British (you only have to look at or listen to me). Britain is our home and we love it here.
‘Despite the enticements of my profession to relocate to more remunerative climes I’ve always chosen to base my career out of the UK and pay my taxes here. That hasn’t changed.’
Firth also spoke briefly about his marriage to wife Livia: ‘I married into Italy (and anyone will tell you when you marry an Italian you don’t just marry one person; you marry a family and perhaps an entire country…).
‘Like almost everybody I have a passionate love of Italy and joining my wife and kids in being dual citizens will be a huge privilege.’

Радио плеер