Helen Fielding is a British novelist, screenwriter and newspaper columnist. She is perhaps best known as the creator of the fictional ‘London singleton’ Bridget Jones. Fielding started her career as a television researcher and producer before becoming a columnist for several newspapers, most notably The Independent. During her years as producer, she became inspired to write her debut novel Cause Celeb and her four other major works under the Bridget Jones franchise were inspired by her anonymous column for The Independent.
Bridget Jones began her literary life as a pseudo-character for Fielding’s column on single life in London in her thirties. Fielding’s columns became so popular that she was asked to turn the columns into a novel. At first, sales of Bridget Jones’ Diary were low, but word spread and the 1996 release of the paperback edition was a best seller.
The sequels to this novel have all enjoyed bestseller status and there have been two box office hit adaptations of the first two novels as well as a third – released in 2016, penned in part by Fielding, who has also worked on the previous two films.
Bridget Jones’ Diary (1996)
Further recommended reading:
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (1999)
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (2013)
Bridget Jones: The Baby Diaries (2016)