Bridget Jones’s Diary is a cult classic film for many reasons. It is adapted from Helen Fielding’s novel of the same name, which is widely credited as kickstarting the chicklit genre we’ve grown to know and love. It stars Reneé Zellweger in the titular role, with an English accent so good that many people today still don’t realise was fake, alongside Hugh Grant as womanising publisher Daniel Cleaver and Colin Firth as his rival, human rights lawyer Mark Darcy.
But most of all, we have taken Bridget Jones into our hearts because she is relatable. Moments such as when she sits in her pyjamas singing along to Celine Dion’s ‘All By Myself’, her embarrassing entrance into the tarts and vicars party when she didn’t get the memo that the dress code had changed, and her accidentally using blue string in soup encapsulate how perfectly imperfect she is.
Bridget’s status as a British pop culture icon wasn’t the only thing to come out of this film. Zellweger was nominated for an Academy Award for her role, and the film was also nominated at the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes. And twenty years on, we still love her – just as she is.
Bridget Jones’s Diary is available now via Universal Pictures. and can be streamed on Netflix. Watch the trailer below: