was born in Morley, West Yorkshire, and graduated with an English degree from St Anne's College, Oxford. Before becoming a writer, Fielding worked in television journalism, and made documentaries in Africa for Comic Relief. She is best known for Bridget Jones's Diary (1996), which was originally a column published in the Independent and the Daily Telegraph. A light‐hearted and witty fictional diary about a thirty‐something Londoner looking for love, Bridget Jones became enormously popular and spawned a host of copycat books by other authors. Other works include Cause Celeb (1994), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (1999), and Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination (2004).