Bridget Jones' Baby born at UCLH 

16/09/2016 00:00 
University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre takes a starring role in the latest Bridget Jones blockbuster chronicling the life of the world’s favourite singleton.

Bridget Jones's Baby opens in cinemas across the UK today and if you decide to watch it, the eagle-eyed among you may realise that some of the hospital scenes were filmed at our cancer centre on Huntley Street. Spot the giveaway revolving doors and circular reception in the trailer!

The much-anticipated third film in the Bridget Jones franchise is the latest* to use UCLH’s location in the heart of London.

Jones is now fortysomething, single again and unexpectedly expecting. The film sees Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth joined by Patrick Dempsey. Sharon Maguire, who directed Bridget Jones's Diary returns to the helm for this third instalment which also sees UCLH favourite Emma Thompson (Festive Open Event 2015) cast as a doctor in the film as well as taking up writing duties behind the scenes.

After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones’s (Zellweger) “happily ever after” hasn’t gone quite according to plan. She decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new.  For once, Bridget has everything completely under control.  What could possibly go wrong?

Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not.  In an unlikely twist, she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch… she can only be 50 percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.

The day of the shoot was a memorable day for Laurie Hayes, online development communications officer and Rosalie Peebles, cancer centre administrator who were part of the team chaperoning the crew.

Laurie said: “Working on set gave me an insight into how a slick, professional movie crew operates and how they manage to accomplish a lot in relatively little time. The stars of the movie were humble and engaged with the crew as well as UCLH staff and a good time was had by all. I’m looking forward to seeing how our impressive cancer centre translates onto the big screen.”

Rosalie said: “It was a day at work like no other. Our cancer centre was turned into a maternity hospital. Our patients were replaced by Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey and you had to be careful where you stood, otherwise you ran the danger of coming face-to-face with Renee Zellweger in a wheelchair.

“I still cannot get over the sheer amount of work which went into shooting just one short scene. The whole place was a hive of activity. And what was even more impressive is how fast everything was taken down and returned to normal. In a blink of an eye, the whole place was turned back into our cancer centre and the next morning we opened like nothing of the sort had ever happened.”


*Our hospitals have also featured in movies made for film and TV including The Gunman, Spotless, Survivor, Missing You Already and New Blood.


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