But we can all put our hopes right back down because It’s not true.
It’s not a wild out-of-the-blue theory mind you. Fielding went to university with Stamer and there are significant parallels between the politician and the character.
Just like Darcy, Starmer made a name for himself taking on cases pro-bono. Starmer represented defendants in the McLibel case – a dispute between McDonald's and environmental activists Helen Steel and David Morris. Starmer has also been a defence barrister, just like Darcy.
Speaking on Desert Island Discs this weekend, the author said:
“I had several different boyfriends, all very gorgeous.
“It’s amazing the number of people that lay claim to be Daniel [Hugh Grant’s character] or Mark, including Keir Starmer.”
Of course, the clarification and the rumour itself has left some people "confused" and "haunted".
Okay, I have just seen a headline saying Mark Darcy in the Bridget Jones film was not based on Sir Keir Starmer and… https://t.co/JVp2PzdFrB
At that point, there was no confirmation from either Fielding or Stamer. According to Merrick, none of the parties involved have ever denied that this rumour is true. So that gave fans of the book some ammunition to believe the theory.
Now the mystery has ended and another has begun: Who is Mr Darcy based on then?