Hair and makeup artist Marc Pilcher died of COVID-19 on Sunday at the age of 53. He was double vaccinated and had no underlying health conditions, according to his agency Curtis Brown.
“It is with the deepest of hearts we confirm that Marc Elliot Pilcher, Academy Award Nominee and Emmy Award winning hair and makeup designer/stylist, passed away after a battle with Covid-19 on Sunday 3rd October 2021,” his family told Variety in a statement via Curtis Brown.
Pilcher recently scored the Creative Emmy for Outstanding Period And/Or Character Hairstyling on Sept. 11 for his work on Netflix’s “Bridgerton.”
The designer had tested negative on several COVID-19 tests in order to make the trip to the ceremony; however, shortly after his return home, he fell sick.
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“Bridgerton” star Nicola Coughlan, who plays Penelope Featherington, penned an emotional tribute to her late friend. “So heartbroken by the loss of Marc Pilcher, the brilliant and visionary Hair and Makeup designer for ‘Bridgerton’ Season One. Marc was so passionate about his work and so tremendously talented. Not even a month ago he won his first Emmy award.
“It’s a tragedy that he’s been taken so young when he had so much yet to do. Please also use this as a reminder that Covid is still a very real and present danger, please get vaccinated and mask up to protect yourself and others,” she tweeted. “My heart goes out to his friends and family, especially to his wonderful team Lynda, Lou, Adam, Hollie, Tanya and Claire. He loved and cared for you all so much and my heart goes out to you all. Rest in Peace Marc.”
Coughlan’s co-star Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne Bridgerton, also expressed her grief, writing on her Instagram Story that she’s “at a loss for words.”
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Pilcher worked on several film and TV productions such as “Mary Queen of Scots,” “Downton Abbey,” “Judy” and “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.” He also lent his expertise to several West End plays.
He also earned an Oscar nomination in 2019 for “Mary Queen of Scots.”
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