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Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Coming Out at 13 April 2001 in theaters.

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Bridget Jones’s Diary is romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire and written by Richard Curtis, Andrew Davies, and Helen Fielding. A co-production of the United Kingdom, United States and France, it is based on Fielding’s 1996 novel of the same name, which is a reinterpretation of Jane Austen’s 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice. The adaptation stars Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones, a 32 year old single woman, who writes a diary which focuses on the things she wishes to happen in her life. However, her life changes when two men vie for her affection. Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, and Gemma Jones are featured in supporting roles. Production began in August 2000 and ended in November 2000, and took place largely on location in London and the Home Counties.

Bridget Jones’s Diary premiered on 4 April 2001 in the United Kingdom and was released to theatres on 13 April 2001 simultaneously in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It opened to positive reviews and massive box office receipts, grossing over $280 million worldwide. Critics praised Maguire’s direction, the screenplay, the film’s light hearted tone and Zellweger’s titular performance which garnered her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress (a rare feat for starring in a romcom). Over the years, it has been hailed as a cult film as well as part of the English Pop Culture with Bridget Jones being cited as a British Culture Icon.

The success of the film spawned a Bridget Jones franchise with two equally successful sequels being released, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), and Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016).

Director: Sharon Maguire

Writers: Helen Fielding, Andrew Davies, Richard Curtis

Stars: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones


Renée ZellwegerBridget Jones
Gemma JonesBridget’s Mum
Celia ImrieUna Alconbury
James FaulknerUncle Geoffrey
Jim BroadbentBridget’s Dad
Colin FirthMark Darcy
Charmian MayMrs. Darcy
Hugh GrantDaniel Cleaver
Paul BrookeMr. Fitzherbert
Felicity MontaguPerpetua
Shirley HendersonJude
Sally PhillipsShazza
James CallisTom
Charlie CaineHandsome Stranger
Gareth MarksSimon in Marketing
John CleggElderly Man
Embeth DavidtzNatasha
Matthew BatesKafka Author
Jeffrey ArcherSelf
Patrick BarlowJulian
Rebecca CharlesReceptionist
Honor BlackmanPenny Husbands-Bosworth
Dominic McHaleBernard
Joan BlackhamShirley
Lisa BarbusciaLara
Joseph AlessiInterviewer 1
Rhydian Jai-PersadInterviewer 2
Neil PearsonRichard Finch
Paul RossMr. Sit Up Britain
Stewart WrightStage Manager
Claire SkinnerMagda
Dolly WellsWoney
Mark LingwoodCosmo
Toby WhithouseAlastair
David CannCameraman
Lisa KayEleanor Ross Heaney
Sulayman Al-BassamKafir Aghani
Donald DouglasMr. Darcy
Renu SetnaMr. Ramdas
Emma AmosPaula
Sara StockbridgeMelinda
Sarah AlexanderDaniel Cleaver Lover
Steve ApeltLaunch Party Guest
Julian Barnes
Amber BattyBride
Crispin Bonham-CarterGreg
Stefan BoothDrunken Man
Max DigbyOffice Worker
Ray DonnJournalist
Campbell GrahamHamish
Christine HewettGuest at the Darcy’s
Ben IllisMichael
Edmund KenteHarry – Party Guest
Christopher KourosChef Nikos
Rebecca LockBridesmaid
Camilla MathiasJournalist
Ben PeytonBridegroom
Salman Rushdie
June SmithExtra
Jimmy White (archive footage)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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