Radiant Renee hints at third Bridget

Renee Zellweger braved the pouring rain at the premiere of the new Bridget Jones movie as she hinted she would play the role for a third time.

Renee Zellweger braved the pouring rain at the premiere of the new Bridget Jones movie as she hinted she would play the role for a third time.

Wearing a red and gold dress specially created by British designer Marchesa, the 35-year-old star wowed the crowds at last night’s glittering London event along with co-stars Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.

Slim Zellweger, who gained 20lb to play the part in Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason, said acting the character was “a privilege”.

Asked if she would take the role again if a third film came about, she said: “You tell me if Helen Fielding writes another book.

“But people have responded to Bridget with a lot of affection.

“I initially had fears about doing a sequel. I didn’t want to do something that wasn’t substantial, but it was great.”

The star added she would not reveal whether she was wearing granny pants like her famous movie character, saying “no comment”.

The stars had to endure the rain and a soggy red carpet in Leicester Square for the event.

But Renee, who filmed both movies in London, said: “It’s very familiar, although I should have brought an umbrella.”

The petite star went on a diet immediately after filming ended to lose the pounds she gained to play the character and tonight she looked slimmer than ever.

The Hollywood actress, sporting a brunette hairdo, denied rumours that she was engaged to White Stripes front man Jack White, saying: “I’m not engaged and never have been.”

Asked about British men she said: “I’ve never dated a British man but I’ve liked the men I’ve worked with.”

Grant, 44, who plays womanising heart-throb Daniel Cleaver, took along his new girlfriend Jemima Khan, 30, the former wife of ex-Pakistan cricketer Imran.

Grant arrived separately to Khan as the pair were going out of their way not to be seen together during the early stages of their relationship.

The long-awaited sequel sees thirty-something Bridget in the arms of Mark Darcy (Firth), who she has been seeing for six weeks.

The TV journalist is secretly waiting for him to pop the question but sails into choppy waters when she suspects that Mark’s long-legged intern, Rebecca, is making a play for her man.

Things become even more problematic when her former boss and old fling Cleaver arrives back on the scene.

Other stars at the premiere included Elton John, singer Robbie Williams - who said “I’ve got no opinion on granny pants” – and Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon, who said: “I just love Bridget. I’ve seen the film about 10 times.”

Author Helen Fielding, whose book forms the basis for the movies, also attended the premiere.

Asked about writing more on the hit character, she said: “To be honest I don’t know. I would only do it if I had something important to say about her.”

The film has been described as “even better than the original” which went on to earn almost €300m (€232.7m) at the box office worldwide after its release in 2001.

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