Marc Pilcher, the Emmy-winning hairstylist and makeup designer known for his work on Bridgerton, has died of Covid at age 53.
The news of Pilcher’s death comes just weeks after he won a Creative Emmy for his work on the Netflix hit. He had been double vaccinated and had no underlying health problems, as his agency Curtis Brown confirmed to Variety.
“Glamorous and extravagant, he brought his flair and style to every design,” a statement read. “Never limited in his thought process for his creations, he pushed boundaries and created work that has never been realized before.”
Pilcher, who is based in the United Kingdom, traveled to Los Angeles for the Emmy awards and, according to Variety, took multiple tests that were negative throughout the process. After returning to England, he fell ill and died on October 3.
Nicola Coughlan, who played Penelope on the show, tweeted that she was “heartbroken” by the news. “It’s a tragedy that he was taken so young when he still had so much to do,” she wrote. “Please also use this as a reminder that Covid is still a very real and present danger, please get vaccinated and masked to protect yourself and others.” Phoebe Dynevor said on Instagram that she “had no words”.
In his acceptance speech, Pilcher called Bridgerton the “most exciting project” to be a part of.
“It’s so wonderful and welcoming and I knew we were making something special, but I didn’t really expect this reaction,” Pilcher said in an interview in June.
Pilcher’s work also included work on Downton Abbey, Judy, Beauty and the Beast, and Mary Queen of Scots, earning him an Oscar nomination. He had also completed work on the upcoming prequel The King’s Men.