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Colin Firth: Botox is a 'disaster'

Colin Firth: Botox is a 'disaster'
Colin Firth: Botox is a 'disaster' (Image credit: PA Wire/PA Photos)

Colin Firth thinks actors should steer clear of Botox injections and plastic surgery. The Mamma Mia! (opens in new tab) star told BBC Radio Five Live (opens in new tab) that it was 'catastrophic' for actors to consider cosmetic surgery because it would prevent them from expressing themselves properly. "Your face is supposed to move if you're going to act," he told the station. "Why on earth would you take a violin and make the strings so that they don't vibrate? "Injecting something into your face so that it's paralysed, or cutting bits of it up so that you take any signs of life out of it, is catastrophic if you're going to express yourself in any way at all." But the 48-year-old actor, who is currently appearing in cinemas as hedonistic Lord Henry Wotton in the film Dorian Gray, isn't completely against plastic surgery in principle. "I would do it tomorrow if I thought it would look good - but I haven't seen anything I think really works that well," he said.

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.