Bridget Jones is back... with a bump. After 12 years the wine-guzzling, wobbly-thighed, wanton sex goddess has returned to our cinema screens for new escapades. She's 43 now. A successful TV producer who is done with the cigarettes and the calorie counting. She's also pregnant and she doesn't know who the father is.
The movie, which hits UK cinemas this Friday, is funny and warm. Sequels can be tricky, but 'Bridget Jones's Baby' is a real treat for Bridget fans and newcomers alike. In fact, walking out of the cinema after watching it, our thoughts immediately turned to when we'll see her again – and it seems star Renée Zellweger is on the same wavelength.
Now she’s back, could a fourth film be on the horizon?
‘Yeah, why not?' she tells us. 'It could be interesting to watch her improvising her way through motherhood. And quite hilarious, right?’
'I love her so much – the physical comedy, her vulnerability, her openness,' she continues, adding: 'I like the idea of revisiting a character that we all met so long ago and checking in with her at different stages of her life.'
And what, we wonder, would Bridget be getting up to in a fourth movie? 'She'd be tired!' laughs Zellweger. 'From what I've seen with my sister and my best friends, you know, all of them who've had the little babies. They are tired!'
But her co-star Sally Phillips, who plays Bridget's formerly sweary BFF Shazza, has another idea in mind...
'"Bridget Jones's Menopause",' she laughs. 'I'm looking forward to that film in another 12 years.'
'Bridget Jones's Baby' is in UK cinemas from Friday September 16.
Read our full interview with Renée Zellweger, Sally Phillips, Sarah Solemani and the film's director Sharon Maguire.