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Colin Firth: I’m no icon

Colin Firth didn't presume newcomer Taron Egerton needed his advice on the set of Kingsman: The Secret Service.

The English star has been acting since the early 80s, with a career spanning stage and screen.

He bagged an Oscar in 2011 for his portrayal of King George VI in The King's Speech, but laughs off suggestion that he is a British icon.

"A great British icon is not the phrase I'd use about anybody, but there are people you admire that happen to be British. I think it's a phrase that gets attached to anyone who's been around long enough to become over familiar," Colin smiled to

Many believe that Colin has what it takes to portray James Bond and while he hasn't yet played 007, he does take on the role of a suave agent in new movie Kingsman: The Secret Service.

The film co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, Sir Michael Caine and newcomer Taron Egerton. Colin, 54, was impressed with Taron's performance and on-set attitude, praising the young star's modesty.

"I wouldn't presume to advise Taron on anything, he knows his job as well as anyone I've ever worked with - he's got that innately. He's got a great deal of grace and humility and as a colleague he treats everybody extremely well. If he wasn't, if he was behaving like a sh*t, I dare say I might intervene. But contrary to popular belief, most people in our business are very, very decent," Colin divulged.

"That's one of the things that I really, really appreciated on set, that Colin is enough of a good bloke - he would never presume to give me advice unless I sought it. That's part of what he did to level the playing field. Despite the vast gap in our stature as performers - how established Colin is and how green I am - him doing that made me feel very confident," Taron added.

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