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Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha was ‘furious’ she missed out on the role of Bridget Jones: ‘I could have played it brilliantly’

Nadia Sawalha has revealed she doesn’t like the film Bridget Jones’s Diary because she’s ‘furious’ she missed out on the lead role.

The 2001 romantic comedy starred Renee Zellweger as the hapless and unlucky in love Bridget – but Nadia thinks she could have done a far better job.

Discussing why she doesn’t like one of the most popular films from the early 2000s, Nadia admitted she was upset not to have bagged the role of a lifetime.

Speaking on Loose Women on Friday, she revealed: ‘I was furious. First of all I was a drunkard actress myself and I could have played it brilliantly.


‘I was living that life and then they got this American woman to come in and I just didn’t believe in her because… actually I was just really annoyed I didn’t get the part!’

When Stacey Solomon pointed out that she thought Bridget Jones’s Diary would be a film Nadia would love, the presenter admitted it was too close to home for her to like it.

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Nadia was fuming she didn’t get the job despite living the life of Bridget Jones at the time (Picture: ITV)

Nadia added: ‘No, no, no – that whole phrase of “Doing a Bridget” that was coined, I was that. I was drinking and smoking too much.’

Bridget Jones’s Diary was a huge box office success, grossing over $280million (£207million) worldwide and spawning the sequels Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason in 2004 and 2016’s Bridget Jones’s Baby.

Renee played the 32-year-old Bridget as she navigated struggles with singledom and her weight, and her dalliances with her womaniser boss Daniel Cleaver, played by Hugh Grant and Mark Darcy, played by Colin Firth.

Producers had searched for two years to find the perfect actress for the role of Bridget, also considering Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Emily Watson and Rachel Weisz before deciding on Renee.

Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30 on ITV. 

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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