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Based on Helen Fielding’s novels, the original Bridget Jones’s Diary movie has spawned two sequels with the latest being 2016’s Bridget Jones’s Baby. The trilogy famously concluded with Renée Zellweger’s bumbling Brit married to Mark Darcy and mother to his baby. Now while that may be the perfect ending for some fans, others are hungry for a Bridget Jones 4 – after all, Hugh Grant’s Daniel Cleaver has been found alive.
Even Renée herself joked in 2019 that Bridget Jones 4 could be called Bridget Jones: The Menopause.
She told The Talk at the time: “I love this character. So, I mean, if they call me, I’ll go running.”
Well, now Express.co.uk have caught up with her co-star Sally Phillips, who played Bridget’s friend Shazza across the trilogy.
Asked if a fourth film could happen, the 50-year-old admitted: “I have a track record of being 100 per cent wrong on this question.”
Sally, who was promoting NOW’s Bridget Jones mini-break competition, said: “I was asked after the first one, ‘Do you think there will be a second one?’”
The Shazza star shared how she said “no” at the time but then ended up making The Edge of Reason three years later.
And after that, Sally said a third outing probably wouldn’t happen since the second hadn’t been as successful as the original. But, of course, Bridget Jones’s Baby did come to pass, even if it was after a 12-year break.
The actress added: “So I think if you ask me, it’s job done. But that may guarantee there’s a fourth because I’ve been so wrong about it!”
Reflecting on the Bridget Jones trilogy as a whole, Sally said: “I think there was unfinished business after the second.”
She felt that Bridget was presented as very clownish in The Edge of Reason, with Reneé putting on a lot more weight for the role.
The Shazza star continued: “I think everyone felt they wanted to put it right with the third one; get the heart of Bridget back.
“Just do her justice because she’s just such a warm and lovely character. I think that’s been done [in Bridget Jones’s Baby].”
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Sally added: “The wrongs of the second have been righted in the third. She’s now married, she’s got a kid.
“That would be a disappointing ending for some. I think it doesn’t need another one.”
Nevertheless, the 50-year-old thinks a Bridget Jones 4 plot following her as a mum of teenagers could be interesting.
This year marks 20 years since the first movie was released and Sally admitted it really does feel like it’s been a long time.
Sally said: “When we got back together for the third one… it had been 15 years, it was so lovely to be together again. We just picked up where we left off. But everyone was a bit grizzled, people had been through it. So when you take a 10-year break, that’s a lot of life.
“Everyone had really been through it and it felt quite emotional. I mean, not in a naff way. We’re very British still, no one actually expressed any emotion of any sort obviously. When you stood next to people at the coffee machine, there was a deep connection that was really nice.
“So it does feel like 20 years. I’m aware there’s lots of discussion about how it’s dated. I think it’s still pretty relevant and still pretty funny. I just think it’s more innocent than where we are now.”
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