These are our favourite facts about Bridget Jones’s Diary!

One of our favourite chick flicks of ALL time, Bridget Jones’ Diary is dear to our hearts! And let’s face it, we’ve all had our own ‘Bridget’ moments from time to time! From her calorie counting, wild nights out, boyfriends, zero boyfriends, mad family and public slip ups – we are all a little bit like Bridget every now and again!

With the third film out this year, we look back at our favourite facts about Bridget Jone’s Diary!

Author Helen Fielding REALLY wanted to appear in the film! If you look closely you can see her talking to Colin Firth in the literary launch party scene.

Apparently Hugh Grant refused to sign up to the film until Richard Curtis came on board as a writer. Get him!


The snowy scenes were filmed in Snowshill in Gloucestershire but it was ALL fake – they filmed those scenes in the middle of summer! Who knew?!

Emily Watson, Rachel Weisz, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Winslet were all in the running for the role of Bridget. Thank GOODNESS it went to Renée!

Plus…Toni Colette was actually offered the part, but turned it down. Phew!

facts about Bridget Jones's diary


Renée Zellweger had to gain 17lb for the part of Bridget. She apparently starting eating three big meals a day, snacked loads and did no exercise! Ekk, sounds a bit like us now!

Apparently it took her seven months to put on the weight.giphy-2







Word on the street is that beans on toast became Renée’s favourite weight gaining breakfast on a daily basis!

Hugh Grant is one of the only original cast members who turned down appearing in Bridget Jones’s Baby, out this Thursday!

Barbara Berkery, who taught Gwyneth Paltrow an English accent for Sliding Doors and Shakespeare In Love, was her accent coach. Great job Barbara!

Famously when asked what it was like having to kiss both Hugh and Colin,  Renée said, “It’s not a bad day at work is it?” No Renee, no is isn’t!


Renée did loads of prep for the first moive. She actually worked at a British publishing company for a month in preparation. She adopted an alias and put on a fake posh British accent! PLUS, on her desk in this office she kept a framed picture of then boyfriend Jim Carrey. Apparently no one knew it was her! HA!

The cast smoked herbal cigarettes rather than tobacco ones during filming.

Although it was cut out of the film to avoid confusion, Bridget was actually totally obsessed with Colin Firth, and in particular his performance in the TV series Pride and Prejudice as Mr Darcy! Which is why it’s so genius that Colin went on to play Jones’s on-screen love interest Mark Darcy. Swoon!giphy






15. Colin Firth and Hugh Grant are born just one day apart – September 10th and September 9th 1960 respectively. No wonder their on-screen rivalry looked so natural, they’re practically brothers!

16. Colin Firth revealed that he has never actually seen Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, and had to re-watch the original film to remind himself of how to play the character of Mark Darcy!