Bridget Jones Diary, Bridget Jones’s Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film based on Helen Fielding’s novel of the same name. The adaptation stars RenĂ©e Zellweger as Bridget, Hugh Grant as the caddish Daniel Cleaver and Colin Firth as Bridget’s “true love”, Mark Darcy. A sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, was released in 2004.
Actresses who were considered for the role of Bridget Jones were Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Rachel Weisz and Cameron Diaz. Toni Collette declined the role because she was on Broadway starring in The Wild Party at the time. Kate Winslet was also considered, but the producers decided she was too young.
Before the film was released, a considerable amount of controversy surrounded the casting of the American Zellweger as what some saw as a quintessentially British heroine. However, her performance, including her English accent, is widely considered to be of a high standard.
The director of the film, Sharon Maguire, is one of Fielding’s friends whom the character of Shazzer was reportedly based on. In the film, Shazzer is played by Sally Phillips.
Zellweger was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film.