Helen Fielding hosts charity event to celebrate one million sales of third Bridget Jones book

Hanna Flint | Mail Online - June 18, 2014

She may have angered fans by killing off Mark Darcy, but Helen Fielding still got one million of them to buy her third Bridget Jones book.


The writer was celebrating her literary success with a party in London put on in conjunction with Save The Children.


Joining Helen, who arrived in a white dress but switched into an LBD, was Star Wars star Carrie Fisher - and of course the bash wouldn’t be complete without a star from the Bridget Jones movie franchise in the form of Hugh Grant, who famously portrayed dapper womaniser Daniel Cleaver.

Is there a turkey curry? Helen Fielding celebrates one million sales of her third Bridget Jones

book with a VIP party

Friends in high places: Helen was joined at the event by actor Hugh Grant, who famously

portrayed love rat Daniel Cleaver in the Bridget Jones movie franchise

Carrie wore a golden brown patterned coat over a black blouse and trousers with metallic red boots, and brought along her dog Gary.

Director Stephen Frears, TV presenter Mariella Frostrup, Caroline Michel (CEO of Literary agency PFD), playwright Hanif Kureishi, British publisher Dame Gail Rebuck were also in attendance.

Helen also brought along her mother Nellie and children Dashiell and Romy, whose father is Kevin Curran, a writer/executive producer on The Simpsons.


Quick switch: Helen changed into an LBD after arriving in a white dress

Proud kids: Fielding with children Dashiell and Romy at the party on Wednesday night

In a galaxy far, far away: Carrie Fisher joined Helen at the party as she takes a break from

filming the new Star Wars reboot

Furry friend: Carrie brought along her dog, Gary

Speaking of her affinity with Bridget, who was brought to life on the big screen by Renée Zellweger, Helen told said at Hay Festival: ‘When the books first came out I really denied that she had anything to do with me. But I think things do happen to me. Only the other day my literary agent got a call from a PC Moss saying, was I the owner of a silver Peugeot 308? And it turned out I’d driven away from a petrol station without paying for petrol and there was some sort of criminal charge thing going on. So I’m always denying this but maybe there are some qualities that we share.’

Literary friends: Playwright Hanif Kureishi and PDF CEO Caroline Michel attend the party

at the Rosewood Hotel

High Fidelity: Director Stephen Frears also attended the Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

Millionth Copy Celebration and Paperback Launch

Celebrate! Helen was treated to a huge cake in the shape of her third tome as she mingled

with her friends and family at the bash

The Bridget Jones’s Diary and the sequel The Edge Of Reason sold 15 million copies across 40 countries, and now the third book, Mad About The Boy reunites the reader with the calamitous heroine twenty years after the last.

It begins four years after Mark Darcy’s death, killed by a landmine while negotiating the release of aid workers in Sudan, where Bridget is thrust back onto the dating scene where social media and texting make finding romance ever so much more challenging.

The Pamela to her Bridget: Helen's mother Nellie came to support her daughter