Renee Zellweger took her role in the new Bridget Jones film so seriously, she had co-stars believing she really was an English girl.

The Texan cutie, who was OSCAR-nominated for her starring turn in the original film, piled on the pounds and perfected her accent again for The Edge OF REASON. And acclaimed actor Jim Broadbent, who plays Bridget's hapless dad, has nothing but praise for her skills.

He says, "She's quite wonderful. From day one of rehearsals of the first film, her accent was seamless.

"She's not just English. She has pinpointed a particular tiny, focused stratum of London.

"Indeed, she so utterly inhabited the role, it was as though she was English the whole time she was here, both on-set and off."

23/12/2003 14:11