A real life Prince Charming! Colin Firth comes to Meryl Streep's rescue after her shoe flies off at the Bafta Awards
He has played his fair share of romantic heroes during his movie career – from Jamie Bennett in Love Actually to Mr Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Pride And Prejudice.
But last night Colin Firth played the real life Prince Charming as he came to Meryl Streep's rescue at the Bafta awards.
The actor, who was presenting Miss Streep with the Best Actress award for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, leapt into action as her shoe flew off as she made her way to the podium to pick up her prize.
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A real life Prince Charming! Colin Firth rushes to Meryl Streep's rescue at the Bafta Awards at the Royal Opera House when her shoe flew off on the way to the stage
What a gent! Firth gets down on one knee to place the Jimmy Choo gently back on Miss Streep's foot
Quickly coming to Miss Streep's aid, Firth, who looked smart in his black tuxedo,
ran to pick up her black Jimmy Choo and placed it gently back on her
foot – earning him a big kiss from the 62-year-old actress.
But after the incident, Miss Streep became
very emotional backstage as she revealed the loss of her shoe had sent
her into such a panic that she had forgotten to thank J. Roy Helland, the
make-up and hair assistant she has been working with for the past 35
years, in her acceptance speech.
She complained: 'I forgot to say his name, and all because of my f***ing shoe.'
A kiss for your troubles: Miss Streep thanked her former Mamma Mia! co-star with a big kiss on the lips
Accepting the Best Actress award, Miss Streep said: 'Somebody once said the fate of the well known is to be misunderstood.
The ambition of this film was to look at the life of The Iron Lady from inside out and locate something real.
that may be hidden but truthful in the life of someone that we have all
decided we know something about already. I am very proud of the film.
'Half of me is Streep but half of me is Wilkinson from Lincolnshire so I
come by this part honestly.'
Winner: Miss Streep, pictured left with Colin Firth in the press room after collecting her award, was furious that her panic over the shoe had led her to forget to thank her hair and make-up artist J. Roy Helland (right)
Miss Streep and Firth famously starred together in the 2008 movie Mamma Mia!
And speaking previously about the prospect of tackling Abba's most famous songs in the film, Firth said he credited Miss Streep for keeping him calm.
He said: 'We came together, got to know each other and it’s how we became such a family. But I think blind terror is a very bonding quality.'