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Renee Zellweger hires elocution coach to help her recreate Bridget Jones’ signature accent

Renee Zellweger seen on set of Bridget Jones' Baby at Borough Market on October 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle/GC Images)
Renee Zellweger seen on set of Bridget Jones' Baby at Borough Market on October 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle/GC Images)
Renee Zellweger seen on set of Bridget Jones' Baby at Borough Market on October 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Actors Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth attend the Audi Weinstein Company Party sponsored by Godiva Chocolate Vodka at the Chateau Marmont on February 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/WireImage)
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As the cast of the latest Bridget Jones instalment continue to film in London, Renee Zellweger is believed to have hired a voice coach to help her resurrect her most famous character.

Comical singleton Bridget last captured audiences more than a decade ago and Renee is finding it difficult to recreate the posh British accent which made her famous.

Renee (46) has been filming in London with her co-star Colin Firth (55) over the past few weeks but feels that, 11 years after filming The Edge of Reason, the actress is finding it difficult to switch into Bridget mode.

A source told The Sunday Mirror: “Renee’s plummy English accent became one of Bridget’s best known characteristics in the films. She came up with it herself. Fans remember it very clearly so it’s essential that it’s spot on.

“But with such a long time passing between the last movie and now, she’s actually not completely certain how she did it, so has brought in an expert.”

Hugh Grant, who played sexual deviant Daniel Cleaver in the first films, will not be reprising his role as Bridget’s love interest in the films. Instead Patrick Dempsey (49), of Grey’s Anatomy fame, will appear as a potential love interest for pregnant Bridget.

Actors Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth pictured in 2011
Actors Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth pictured in 2011
Renee Zellweger seen on set of Bridget Jones' Baby at Borough Market on October 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle/GC Images)
Renee Zellweger seen on set of Bridget Jones' Baby at Borough Market on October 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)

Fans who has read the latest installment of The Bridget Jones’ series Mad About Boy, will find that the film does not stretch to that point of Bridget’s life but instead focuses on her pregnancy.

Colin Firth's Mark Darcy may be a singleton, given the absence of a wedding ring
Colin Firth's Mark Darcy may be a singleton, given the absence of a wedding ring

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