Hugh Grant and Colin Firth are both 54 years old and they’ve had very successful careers. They were born only one day apart but one of them has aged much better than the other. Find out which one it is.
Two winsome tots born 24 hours apart — Firth (left), in Grayshott, Hampshire, on September 10, 1960; Grant in Hammersmith, West London, a day earlier
By the late Seventies, geeky Firth is working in the National Theatre’s wardrobe department. Grant is already playing a love rat… in teen magazine My Guy
In 1984, Firth is centre stage, playing a gay public schoolboy in the film Another Country. Grant is earning his spurs in rep at Nottingham Playhouse
Period drama beckons in 1989, with Firth taking the title role in Valmont. He has a relationship — and a child — with co-star Meg Tilly. Grant stars in The Lady And The Highwayman with Lysette Anthony
Firth’s a tweedy farmer in a TV drama, but Four Weddings makes boyish Grant a star in 1994. Lover Liz Hurley wears her safety pin dress at the premiere
Hello, Mr Darcy! Firth’s wet shirt scene in 1995’s Pride And Prejudice makes female hearts leap while Grant’s in another Jane Austen work, Sense And Sensibility
Firth positively glows as he poses with his wife Livia Giuggioli in 1999
But Grant and Hurley are the A-list couple du jour, despite his arrest in Hollywood in 1995 for a sordid encounter with prostitute Divine Brown
The same year, Firth is ruddy-cheeked and unremarkable in My Life So Far. Grant, meanwhile, notches up another winner as the charming bookshop owner in Notting Hill, which rakes in a staggering £74 million at the box office
On screen together in Bridget Jones’s Diary in 2001, the tousled twosome’s roles reflect real life. Firth is domesticated while Grant is footloose and single
Firth, now with a second son, Luca, is suitably foppish in 2002’s The Importance Of Being Earnest, but Grant’s close-cropped look in About A Boy raises female eyebrows
Together again for Love Actually in 2003, it’s hard not to compare their looks — especially when they dress alike. And yes, fortune’s still smiling on them
Dapper in black tie, the pair are lookalikes again in 2005, but while Firth, presenting an award on stage, looks in control, Grant’s youthful cockiness has dulled
By 2006, Firth’s career prospers as Grant’s begins to plummet. Firth is in Nanny McPhee (with Holly Gibbs), Grant in the disastrous American Dreamz (with Mandy Moore), dropped from cinemas after four weeks
Just 12 months later and Firth (now 47) glows with youthful confidence, while Grant merely looks flushed. Is the good life taking its toll on handsome Hugh?
Firth is an Oscar winner in The King’s Speech (with Helena Bonham Carter) in 2010, while Grant simply looks bemused to be wearing a stetson alongside Sarah Jessica Parker in the heavily-panned Did You Hear About The Morgans?
Toothy grins for the camera in 2011, but while Firth has treated himself to monthly facials, Grant looks tired, with saggy skin and crows’ feet
By 2014, when Firth looks effortlessly chic with wife Livia, Grant is revealed as the father of three secret children, born within 15 months of one another. At least he’s still on good terms with old flame Liz
Truly a tale of two faces. Firth is now a suave sophisticate. Grant, pictured with Anna Eberstein, the mother of his third child, at Sunday’s Wimbledon final, is haggard and wrinkled, and looks every one of his 54 years
via – acidcow