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Brits would like to see Winslet as ‘Bridget Jones’

Helena Bonham Carter is another favorite among ‘Jones’ fans.
/ Source: The Associated Press

If Renee Zellweger has grown tired of playing Bridget Jones, British fans would like to see an English star in the role.

Kate Winslet, 29, was the most popular choice to replace Zellweger if she turned down a part in a third installment, according to a fan vote published Thursday.

“Fight Club” actress Helena Bonham Carter was among other British actresses getting votes.

Zellweger, 35, played the role of the chubby, chain-smoking, chardonnay-swilling British TV journalist in the 2001 film “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and its sequel, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” which had its red-carpet premiere in London this week.

“Titanic” star Winslet took 41 percent of the vote in a survey by Sky Movies, a pay TV channel. Reese Witherspoon, 28, was the second most popular choice in the vote by 3,476 viewers, followed by “Friends” star Jennifer Anniston.

Producers haven’t said whether they plan a third film.

The “Bridget Jones” movies are based on two novels by Helen Fielding.

Asked at this week’s premiere if she would take on the role a third time, Zellweger said: “You tell me if Helen Fielding writes another book. People have responded to Bridget with a lot of affection.”