R.I.P. Marc Pilcher, Emmy-winning makeup designer for Bridgerton


Marc Pilcher—the Emmy award winner behind the hair and makeup design for Netflix’s Bridgerton—has died of COVID-19, his agency Curtis Brown confirmed Monday morning. He was 53.

“Glamorous and extravagant, he brought his flair and style to every design. Never limited in his thought process for his creations, he pushed boundaries and created work never realized before,” his family and friends wrote to Variety in a statement via Curtis Brown.

The news comes a mere three weeks after the U.K. based artist traveled to Los Angeles for the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony, during which he was awarded for his work on the Netflix series.

Pilcher tested negative for COVID-19 multiple times in order to make the trip across the pond and back again for the ceremony. However, he became ill shortly after his return. His condition deteriorated over the weekend and he died on Sunday. According to Variety, Pilcher was double vaccinated with no underlying health conditions.

As the hair designer for the period drama, he brought a modern flair to Regency era stylings, particularly with Queen Charlotte’s (Golda Rosheuvel) larger than life and highly artistic wigs.

In addition to a lauded career in television and film, Pilcher spent 15 years perfecting his craft on London’s West End shows such as Company, Sunset Boulevard, and Aspects of Love. His previous work includes Downton Abbey, Amazon’s The Collection, and Mary Queen Of Scots, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award in 2019.