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As Isla Fisher quietly rebuilds her life after Sacha Baron Cohen split, she taps into ‘Bridget Jones effect’ by playing ‘single mum’ in new Renée Zellweger film


Isla Fisher was revealed as a surprise new addition to the Bridget Jones 4 cast this week, with fans shocked when she was spotted on set with Renée Zellweger.

The actress has reportedly accepted a role in the new film as ‘a single mother who befriends Bridget outside the school gates’, in a case of life imitating art for the 48-year-old Australian.

As has been well documented, Isla has split from her husband of 13 years, Sacha Baron Cohen, with whom she has daughters Olive, 16, and Elula, 13, and son Montgomery, 9.

With her story reflecting her personal circumstances, it’s not surprising that sources say Isla’s own experience «will help her in this role.»

The trials and tribulations of main character Bridget – a 30-something yearning to find love but looking in all the wrong places – resonated with many in the films who were still on the rocky road to find their very own Mr Darcey.

Dubbed the ‘Bridget Jones effect’, millions of single millennials around the world have revealed they finally felt represented when Helen Fielding’s popular novels were dramatized.

Isla Fisher was revealed as a surprise new addition to the Bridget Jones 4 cast this week, with fans shocked when she was spotted on set with Renée Zellweger (pictured on Wednesday).

For 48-year-old actress Isla, it's a case of life imitating art as she too navigates the single life after splitting from her husband of 13 years, Sacha Baron Cohen (pictured in 2016).

For 48-year-old actress Isla, it’s a case of life imitating art as she too navigates the single life after splitting from her husband of 13 years, Sacha Baron Cohen (pictured in 2016).

When Helen Fielding's popular novels were dramatized, millions of single millennials, dubbed the

When Helen Fielding’s popular novels were dramatized, millions of single millennials, dubbed the «Bridget Jones effect,» finally felt represented in a society that supports marriage.

In the upcoming fourth film, newly widowed Bridget is set to ring a chord with a new generation of women who have found their partners but then lost them. One of those women is undoubtedly Isla.

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It’s hardly groundbreaking that sources told The Sun: ‘Isla’s real life is inspiring her new role in Bridget Jones. She plays a single mother who befriends Bridget outside the school gate.

“Isla loves Bridget Jones and is thrilled to have landed the role. Her own experience will help her in the role and it’s great that she’s landed such a big role after a really tough time.»

The new role appears to reflect Isla’s personal life, which has been kept out of the spotlight until recently.

Isla, who lived with her family in Perth, Australia, was not one to court publicity, keeping her daily affairs quiet.

She supported her husband at red carpet events, but the fiercely private couple rarely discussed their relationship, creating a hard line between their personal and private lives.

They were so quiet that the couple managed to split in private, only announcing their split months later when Sacha came under scrutiny for unsavory claims made by actress Rebel Wilson.

In April, the pair announced their split by sharing a photo of them together in tennis gear.

The couple first met in 2001 and tied the knot in 2010.

Their statement read: “After a long tennis match of over 20 years, we are finally putting down our rackets.

«In 2023, we jointly asked to end our marriage. We have always prioritized our privacy and have been quietly working on this change.

“Forever we share our devotion and love for our children. We sincerely appreciate your respecting our family’s wishes for privacy.”

The couple managed to separate in private, only announcing their split months later when Sacha came under scrutiny for unsavory claims made by actress Rebel Wilson.

The couple managed to separate in private, only announcing their split months later when Sacha came under scrutiny for unsavory claims made by actress Rebel Wilson.

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The couple have not commented further on the matter, but Isla addressed fans in the following weeks, she shared a picture of herself looking relaxed in a picturesque garden with the caption: “Thank you for all your kindness and support.

While the split came as a surprise to their fans, it seems the writing has been on the wall for Isla’s marriage to Sasha for years they reportedly struggled after making the «sacrifice» to relocate their family to Australia in 2020.

«Their marriage has been rocky for years,» an insider told DailyMail.com exclusively last month.

“The breakdown started when they moved to Australia so she could be closer to her family. But it left Sacha far from everyone he knows.

“He made this sacrifice for her and would make many sacrifices for her during their marriage. Their separation affected him deeply because she had been his life for many years.’

While they dealt with their heartbreak, the focus remained on their children.

The exes are now said to be working out the «best arrangement» for their offspring, with Isla currently having custody.

«The children are in his care and they are still working on the best arrangements for Sacha to be an active part of their lives,» the source continued.

“They love each other a lot, but they couldn’t get along and they became different people than they were at the beginning of their relationship.

“They wanted different things in life in terms of their careers.

“They had a prenup but it’s still very difficult because everything they own is bought for the two of them and their family together.

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The insider went on to insist that infidelity did not play a role in the breakup of their marriage and that neither party is dating anyone new.

They finished: «There was no cheating involved on either side and we’re not seeing anyone else either.»

So far, Sacha has kept a low profile and has not been seen in public for weeks.

In contrast, Isla threw herself into work.

Last month, she was spotted filming Noah Baumbach’s new film Jays Kelly with her co-star George Clooney.

Not much is known about the upcoming Netflix film, but the cast also includes Adam Sandler, Laura Dern, Jim Broadbent and Billy Crudup.

With Bridget Jones 4 exploring life after loss, Isla will no doubt take comfort in feeling represented on screen (Renee on set with new love Leo Woodall)

With Bridget Jones 4 exploring life after loss, Isla will no doubt take comfort in being represented on screen (Renee on set with new love Leo Woodall)

She was spotted on the set of Bridget Jones 4 for the first time this week after landing the lead role alongside Renée Zellweger in the upcoming film.

The film was officially confirmed last month, with the returns of Renée and Hugh Grant officially confirmed – after the death of his beloved rat Daniel Cleaver was faked in 2016’s third installment.

The fourth film in the franchise will be released by Universal on the American platform Peacock on Valentine’s Day 2025, while internationally the film will be released in theaters.

When Bridget Jones’s Diary was first published, single women finally felt represented.

With the fourth film exploring life after loss, Isla will no doubt take comfort in the same sentiment.



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