BridgertonEmmy Award-winning hair and makeup designer Marc Pilcher has died of COVID-19, his agent Curtis Brown confirmed to BuzzFeed News.
Pilcher, who died Sunday at age 53, had been fully vaccinated and had no underlying health problems before attending the Emmy Awards ceremony, his family and friends said in a statement to Variety.
According to the statement, Pilcher, who was based in the UK, “tested negatively for multiple COVID-19 tests to make the journey across the Atlantic and back for the ceremony. Not long after his return, he fell ill and his condition deteriorated.” on weekends.”
“Glamorous and extravagant, he brought his flair and style to every design,” the statement added. “Never limited in his thought process for his creations, he pushed boundaries and created work that has never been realized before.”
Pilcher led the Bridgerton hair and makeup team, which took home the show’s only Emmy Award: Outstanding Period and/or Character Hairstyling. The Netflix show also won Best Period and/or Character Hair Styling in a TV Series, Limited or Miniseries or TV New Media Series at the Hollywood Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards in April.
“We are saddened by the loss of Marc Pilcher,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement. “A phenomenal talent, his work on Bridgerton season one was second to none and he was a beloved member of the crew. Our hearts go out to his family and friends at this time.”
In a statement from Shonda Rhimes and her production company Shondaland, she said Pilcher’s death is “incomprehensible”.
“I will forever be in awe of the incredible hairstyling and makeup work he brought to Bridgerton. My heart goes out to his loved ones because we lost him way too soon.”
Pilcher started his career in 1988 in London’s West End, which he described on his website as “the best place in the world to learn hairdressing treatments.” In the early 2000s he started working in film and television. Pilcher’s many projects before Bridgerton Involving Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast, my week with Marilyn, and The young Victoria. In 2019, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for his work on Mary, Queen of Scotland.
Members of the Bridgerton cast and crew paid tribute to Pilcher on social media.
Nicola Coughlan, who plays Penelope Featherington, described him as “brilliant and visionary” and “hugely talented” in an Instagram post on Monday.
“It’s a tragedy that he was taken so young when he still had so much to do,” she wrote. She called Pilcher’s death “a reminder that COVID is still a very real and present danger,” and asked her followers to “please vaccinate and put on a mask to protect yourself and others.”
Bridgerton hair and makeup supervisor Lynda Pearce, who called Pilcher his “right-hand man,” shared photos of them together on her Instagram, writing, “I will love you forever and I will always keep you safe in my heart.”