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Helen Fielding

Date of birth : 1959-02-19
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Morley, Yorkshire, England
Nationality : English
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-07-12

Helen Fielding is an English novelist and screenwriter, best known as the creator of the fictional character Bridget Jones, a sequence of novels and films that chronicle the life of a thirtysomething single woman in London as she tries to make sense of life and love.

English writer Helen Fielding is the author of the novel Bridget Jones's Diary, a late 1990s U.K. and U.S. sensation that ushered in a new wave of "chick lit" novels and spawned two movies starring Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant. Fielding studied English at Oxford and worked in television before writing her first novel, Cause Celeb (1994). After its publication she worked as a freelance journalist until landing a regular column in The Independent and, later, the Daily Telegraph (1995-96). For her column she created "Bridget Jones," a sarcastic, 30-something Londoner worried about her career, her tobacco and alcohol intake, her love life and the size of her behind. Fielding took the popular column, added a plot taken from Jane Austen and made a novel. A modest success in the U.K., the very-English Bridget Jones's Diary became a huge hit after its 1998 U.S. release. Fielding has since published a sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (1999), and another novel, Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination (2004).

The film version of Bridget Jones's Diary was released in 2001, and its sequel was released in 2004. Both starred Zellweger, Grant and Colin Firth (as Mark Darcy, a character based loosely on Jane Austen's Fitzwilliam Darcy).

Awards and nominations

1997 British Book of the Year
2002 Writers Guild of America nomination Best Screenplay
2002 BAFTA nomination Best Screenplay
2002 Evening Standard Award Best Screenplay.


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