As Bridget Jones, she must choose between the ‘bad boy’ Daniel Cleaver and the healthier and more reliable Mark Darcy, who ultimately wins her heart.
But in real life, Renee Zellweger has fallen in love with a British TV presenter who seems closer to the naughty cad of the film series – at least based on her public reputation.
After the 52-year-old actress was spotted kissing Devon-born Ant Anstead during a shopping trip in Los Angeles last week, a friend said: ‘Renee is in love. He thought this was the real deal. He has never been happier. They’re a perfect match.’
Mr Anstead, who has presented a string of auto shows on both sides of the Atlantic, including Channel 4’s For The Love Of Cars, is a staple of American tabloids thanks to his turbulent love life.
Renee Zellweger has fallen for a British TV presenter who seems closer to the naughty cad of the film series – at least based on her public reputation
When his 12-year marriage to fellow Brit Louise Anstead, mother of his two oldest children, ended in 2017, he was forced to deny rumors that he had been having an affair.
After his marriage broke up, he became involved with stunning US reality show host Christina Haack, 38, who herself was involved in a messy divorce from her TV co-star Tarek El Moussa, with whom she has two children.
Last week, Haack told People magazine that he inhaled psychedelic frog poison to help him cope with the stress of divorce from Anstead, with whom he has a one-year-old son.
The couple split after less than two years together, although their divorce was only finalized this month.
Zellweger, and Anstead, 42, are believed to have started dating last month, after the actress appeared on the US TV show Celebrity IOU Joyride. But they only announced their relationship after the divorce was sealed.
When her 12-year marriage to fellow Brit Louise Anstead, left, mother of her two eldest children, ended in 2017, she was forced to deny rumors that she had been having an affair. After his marriage broke up, he got involved with stunning US reality show host Christina Haack (right)
Last week, they were spotted walking together in Laguna Beach, California, showing their affection in public when they went to buy firewood at a hardware store.
A source said: ‘The ants are so charming and handsome, really killer women. He’s got a bad boy vibe, but he’s a really nice guy behind it. Rene looks very happy. Everyone hopes things will work out for him.’
Zellweger hasn’t been lucky in love. Her brief marriage to country singer Kenny Chesney in 2005 was annulled after 225 days and she has been linked to actors Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Bradley Cooper, as well as rock star Jack White. His most recent long-term relationship was with rock guitarist Doyle Bramhall, whom he dated for five years until they split in 2019.
Zellweger, born in Texas, has won two Oscars, including last year’s best actress award for her role as Judy Garland.