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Marc Pilcher (1967–2021), Emmy-winning “Bridgerton” hair and makeup designer

by Linnea Crowther

Marc Pilcher was a British hair and makeup designer who won an Emmy Award for his work on “Bridgerton.”

Entertainment career

Pilcher was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on “Mary Queen of Scots” (2018). He won several Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Awards for his work on “Downton Abbey” as well as the Netflix hit “Bridgerton.” Set in Regency-era England, “Bridgerton” was notable for its large cast and wide variety of ever-changing hairstyles. Pilcher also worked on movies including “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Great Expectations,” as well as working with stage productions. His Emmy win for “Bridgerton” came just three weeks before his death.

Pilcher on his work for “Bridgerton”

“My aim is always to tell a story through the hair and makeup and give each character their own personal look. It’s just more fun to look different rather than have everyone all look the same. In a period piece, it can be so easy because looks from those periods are quite often very similar, so it’s nice to put your own slant on them.” —from a 2021 interview for Awards Watch


Tributes to Marc Pilcher

Full obituary: The Hollywood Reporter

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