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'Bridget Jones': Colin Firth 'had to process' the news about Darcy, says author Helen Fielding

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Fans were in an uproar after Helen Fielding released an excerpt from her third installment to the Bridget Jones series and revealed that in it, Mark Darcy – spoiler alert! – dies, leaving Bridget a widow.

But what about the man who plays him on screen?

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Bridget Jones a widowed mum-of-two in new book

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The world’s most prominent literary singleton Bridget Jones is now a widow bringing up two children alone, according to Mad About the Boy excerpts released Sunday.

Fifteen years after the last novel in her saga, it turns out unlucky-in-love Bridget married Mark Darcy and had two children – but author Helen Fielding has killed off the barrister and put her heroine back on the singles’ market.

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Third 'Bridget Jones' novel title revealed, plus an excerpt

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For her upcoming third outing, Bridget Jones has changed quite a bit – she’s older, living in present-day London, and she’s immersed in texting and social media – but judging from the title of the new book, she’s still having relationship issues. And yes, she’s still keeping a diary.

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New 'Bridget Jones' novel in works from Helen Fielding

Author Helen Fielding announced on U.K. radio today that the zaftig, self-deprecating, journal-writing, perennially lovelorn Bridget Jones will return for a third installment.

“The new novel is set in present-day London, with an entirely new scenario for Bridget,” Fielding said on the show Women’s Hour Friday. “If people laugh as much reading it as I am while writing it then we’ll all be very happy.”

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