Firth can thank Katie
Couric for helping secure his spot on People's 50 Most Beautiful list.
Couric, who was also tapped this year, lobbied for the Bridget
Diary hero at her own photo session after he charmed her on Today.
He proved her faith well-placed. Graciously greeting all during his
photo shoot at London's historic Syon House, Firth paused upon greeting
the photographer, Colin Bell, asking, 'So what excuse did your parents
give you for calling you Colin?' He continued his good-natured
throughout the rainy outdoor shoot. When Bell asked for an umbrella—not
for Firth but for the camera—the actor called out, 'Get him some
too!' And even the request to pose barefoot in the 55 °
didn't raise a hint of complaint from Firth. 'The more uncomfortable it
is,' he observed with a laugh, 'the better it looks, I suppose!' "