Helen Fielding, the author of BRIDGET JONES' DIARY, is expecting her first child.

The 43-year-old journalist-turned-novelist is due to give birth in February (04).

She currently lives in both Los Angeles and London with her partner of four years KEVIN CURRAN, an executive producer and writer for The Simpsons.

They are both said to be "delighted" and Fielding is "happy and healthy".

Her phenomenally successful novel about the life of a single thirtysomething was made into a hit 2001 movie, and Hollywood star RENEE ZELLWEGER is currently preparing to play Bridget again in the sequel The Edge OF REASON.

30/09/2003 01:56