27 Things You Didn’t Know About Bridget Jones

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by Katie Rosseinsky |

Yes, you've read the books from cover to cover more times than you'd care to remember, and end up watching every time the films pop up on ITV2, but it's a truth universally acknowledged that the Bridget Jones stories will never, ever get old.

To celebrate the return of our favourite fictional everywoman for her third big-screen outing, Bridget Jones's Baby, we've trawled the archives to bring you the best bits of Bridget trivia...

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Pemberley is the name of Darcy's family estate in Pride and Prejudice.

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The actress did work experience with Picador in London for just under a month, and went incognito as 'Bridget Cavendish,' the sister of Jonathan Cavendish, a friend of the company's chairman - and a producer on the film.

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Her colleagues were bemused, but were too British to say anything about it.

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Because attempting Bridget's smoking habit IRL wouldn't have been the healthiest option...

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'Jude' is journalist Tracey MacLeod, while 'Shazza' is based on Sharon Macguire, who ended up directing two out of the three Bridget films.

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An old friend of Rushdie, she asked if the author was willing to 'make a fool of himself.' He ended up appearing as a guest at the 'Kafka's Motorbike' launch party, where Bridget asks him for directions to the toilets.

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Colin Firth told Buzzfeed, 'Hugh and I in rehearsals rebelled against the whole idea of a stuntman [...] So it was unchoreographed – that was just Hugh and I fighting like we actually would.'

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'They wouldn't let us do the window. Insurance gets involved with that sort of thing,' Firth added.

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Professor Slughorn, Madame Pomfrey and Professor Trelawney, respectively.

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Coincidentally, both characters spend much of their screen time crying in bathrooms.

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She was beaten to it by Halle Berry, who won for Monster's Ball.

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Sharon Macguire took on directing duties for the first and third films, with Beeban Kidron filling in for the second.

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Berkery also worked with Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare In Love.

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'Not once did she stop speaking with that accent, until the wrap party,' he told Cinema.com.

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Colette was busy starring on Broadway at the time of filming, while Winslet was only 25.

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Some things are just meant to be...

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She clearly made an impression on the producers, though, and was offered the role of Shazza.

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The delay in filming actually worked in her favour, allowing her to eventually reprise her role in Bridget Jones's Baby.

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'I kept saying, "It's not working. Just get Richard Curtis to come in and help re-write it,"' he told Cinema.com. 'Eventually they did, and as soon as Richard came on board, I signed on the dotted line.'

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It's also been used as a filming location for Gosford Park, the BBC adaptation of Sense and Sensibility and Kingsman: The Secret Service (which also stars Colin Firth).

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Sweet, kind Miss Honey becomes ice queen Natasha. The power of acting.

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We don't know what to believe any more...

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Colin appears in October 24th's entry, with Hugh referred to on August 16th.

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The film-makers decided not to leave this scene in the screen-adaptation, for obvious reasons.

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Bridget owns a video of the series in the novel - and Firth's casting as (Mark) Darcy was a very successful 'in-joke' on the producers' behalf.

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It's the only three-part rom-com series in which all films have starred the same lead actress, and all have been released in cinemas.

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According to wine writer Oz Clarke, 'Before Bridget Jones, Chardonnay was really sexy. After, people said, "God, not in my bar"'. We're sure that Bridget would have some choice words for him...

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