British actor Colin Firth happily plays upper-class roles to keep him in work - but insists his genteel accent is fake.
Firth is renowned for playing posh parts after his role as aristocrat Mr Darcy in 1995's Pride And Prejudice made him a star.
However the actor, who was born in an affluent area of southern England, admits he changed his accent to fit in at his boarding school.
He tells Britain's Daily Express, "I don't know how many times I've read a script and thought, 'Nobody knows how good I'd be at this character - but they want me to play that other one.'
"It's odd because I didn't grow up speaking like this and have made a career out of it. I would not have survived (at school) if I'd spoken like my parents."
But Firth isn't fazed about being typecast due to his refined reputation - because it keeps the offers flooding in.
He adds, "When I was starting out, I thought I was so cutting edge - I had nothing to do with the middle classes. But at drama school people saw me as a Brideshead Revisited type. So I whored myself out immediately! I've embraced typecasting as a way of being employed. I'm more afraid of not being employed."
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