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Colin Firth: I shed no tears over Mark Darcy's death

Colin Firth has denied reports that he cried when he found out that his Bridget Jones character, Mark Darcy, was killed off.

There had been rumours that the Oscar-winning actor, who portrayed Mark in the big-screen versions of Helen Fielding's books, shed a few tears when he discovered his alter-ego's demise in the third book, Mad About The Boy.

But Colin told Sky News: "I took it in my stride. I've heard I that nearly wept or that I had to process it. I'm afraid... I tend to find the demise of a fictional character doesn't run very deep."

The 53-year-old, who next stars with Nicole Kidman in war drama The Railway Man, revealed he would be up for reprising the role after the author hinted that she could revive the character.

"I'm always happy to be reincarnated, rejuvenated - a pair of electrodes - I would happily walk," he said.

Colin, who starred alongside Renee Zellweger and Hugh Grant in the Bridget Jones films, has previously brushed off stories about a third film, saying: "It might be a bit of a long wait. I wouldn't say that it's completely dead in the water, but the way it's going you might be seeing Bridget Jones's granddaughter's story being told by the time we get there."