Grant and Firth reignite movie rivalry

Screen stars Hugh Grant and Oscar winner Colin Firth reignited their on-screen rivalry as they had a real-life battle over 'Bridget Jones' last night.

Screen stars Hugh Grant and Oscar winner Colin Firth reignited their on-screen rivalry as they had a real-life battle over 'Bridget Jones' last night.

The actors fuelled a bidding war at a charity auction for a walk-on part in the next movie about the bumbling singleton, created by writer Helen Fielding.

Their competing bids helped to push the price of the part up to £55,000, paid by an unnamed bidder.

Grant – who played Bridget’s bad boy former boss and ex-lover Daniel Cleaver in the romantic comedies starring Renee Zellweger – put in an opening bid for the part of £10,000 prior to the auction.

The auction was to raise money for broadcaster Mariella Frostrup’s new GREAT Initiative, which she launched with a glamorous party and dinner at the Corinthia Hotel London.

And Firth, who arrived straight from shooting new film Gambit on location at Heathrow with Cameron Diaz, began bidding for the part – despite already reprising his role as Bridget’s love interest Mark Darcy in the film.

Grant was not present but called in to continue pushing up the bids until the winning price was reached.

Firth and Grant famously duelled on screen over Jones.

The GREAT Initiative, which stands for Gender Rights and Equality Action Trust, is aiming to create greater gender equality in developing countries.

Among its patrons is star Zellweger.

Frostrup said she was grateful to the actress for accompanying her on a visit to Liberia “to visit the first African country with a female president and see first-hand what an amazing difference it was making”.

The auction, which included artworks by Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst, raised in excess of £500,000 for GREAT.

Other guests at the event included Chris Evans, Jemima Khan and Nick Clegg.

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