Helen Fielding: Biography

Helen Fielding

19 feb 1958

Helen Fielding was born February 19th 1958 in West Yorkshire, England. With the novel Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding created not only one of the bestselling books of the 1990’s, she also created a whole new genre of “chick lit”.

Helen Fielding began her career as at the BBC in 1979, on a news magazine. It was this work that leads her to a refugee camp in Eastern Sudan in 1989 where her experiences there made the foundation of her first novel Cause Celeb. The novel received great reviews but only limited sales. In the 1990’s Helen Fielding worked as a journalist and columnist for different newspapers including Sunday times, Independent and The telegraph. Bridget Jones’s Diary began as a column she wrote anonymous for The Independent in 1995. The column was only a way to finance another novel about cultural differences in the Caribbean, but when the people started praising the column she put her own name to the Diaries.

Helen Fielding has two children with The Simpsons writer/executive producer Kevin Curran, Dash born in February 2004 and Romy born in July 2006. However they split up in 2009. She has three siblings, Jane, David and Richard and her mother Nellie still lives in Yorkshire and her father died in 1982.