Marc Pilcher, the Emmy-winning hairstylist and makeup artist known for his work on Bridgerton, has died of Covid at the age of 53.
News of Pilcher’s death comes just weeks after winning a Creative Emmy for his work on the hit Netflix. He was double vaccinated and had no underlying health issues, as confirmed Variety through his agency, Curtis Brown.
“Glamorous and extravagant, he brought his flair and style to each creation”, one can read in a press release. “Never limited in his thought process for his designs, he pushed the boundaries and created work never done before.”
Pilcher, who is based in the UK, traveled to Los Angeles for the Emmy Awards and took several tests that came back negative throughout the process, according to Variety. After returning to England, he fell ill and died on October 3.
Nicola Coughlan, who played Penelope in the series, tweeted that she was heartbroken by the news. “It is a tragedy that he was taken away 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 she was “at a loss for words” on Instagram.
In his acceptance speech, Pilcher called Bridgerton “the most exciting project” to participate in.
“It’s so wonderful and welcoming and I knew we were doing something special, but I didn’t really expect that response,” Pilcher said in a june interview.
Pilcher’s work also included work on Downton Abbey, Judy, Beauty and the Beast, and Mary Queen of Scots, which earned her an Oscar nomination. He had also completed work on the upcoming prequel The King’s Men.