Bridgerton stylist, 53, WAS double-jabbed with no underlying conditions, confirm family in tribute to ‘glamorous and extravagant’ Emmy-winning hair and makeup artist killed by Covid
- Bridgerton stylist, 53, who died with Covid was double-jabbed, family said
- Marc Pilcher won an Emmy award for his work on Netflix’s blockbuster series
- He died on Sunday just weeks after travelling to the US for the ceremony
- Stars have paid tribute to Pilcher, from Chatham, Kent, following the news
The Emmy-winning stylist for Netflix blockbuster drama series Bridgerton who died with Covid was double-vaccinated with no underlying conditions, his devastated family have confirmed in a tribute.
UK-based Marc Pilcher, 53, died on Sunday just weeks after travelling to the US, where he was presented with an Emmy award in Los Angeles for outstanding hairstyling on the period drama.
It is understood the makeup artist tested negative for Covid multiple times to make the trip across the Atlantic and back, but became ill shortly after returning to Britain and deteriorated at the weekend.
Pilcher, who grew up in Chatham, Kent, was renowned in the industry for his work across a variety of West End shows, TV programmes and films – and received an Oscar nomination for his work on the 2018 film Mary, Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.
In a statement via agency Curtis Brown, his family and friends confirmed that Pilcher was double-vaccinated with no underlying health condition. It is likely he received either a Pfizer or AstraZeneca jab.
Pilcher leaves behind his family, friends and his beloved cockapoo Yuri.
Bridgerton stars paid tribute to the stylist, with Phoebe Dynevor saying she was at a ‘loss for words’ while Irish actress Nicola Coughlan urged people to get vaccinated against Covid on social media.
Official data indicate it is very rare for fully-vaccinated people to die with Covid, with those having received two doses making up just one in 200 virus-related deaths in England in the first half of this year.
Pilcher’s family and friends said in a statement: ‘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.
Marc Pilcher, 53, died on Sunday just weeks after travelling to the US, where he was presented with an Emmy award in Los Angeles for outstanding hairstyling on the period drama
Pilcher, who grew up in Chatham, Kent, was renowned in the industry for his work across a variety of West End shows, TV programmes and films – and received an Oscar nomination for his work on the 2018 film Mary, Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie
This image posted to Pilcher’s Instagram account shows Pilcher (right) with his team of artists
Bridgerton, starring Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor, was a runaway success for Netflix in December of last year
Irish actress Nicola Coughlan, who plays wealthy heiress Penelope Featherstone in the Netflix series, shared the news of his death on social media
Thirty-three deaths were registered yesterday among people who tested positive for Covid
‘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.’
Coughlan said: ‘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.’
Dynevor, who played Daphne Bridgerton on the show, shared Coughlan’s Instagram post, adding ‘At a loss for words.’
Lynda J Pearce, assistant head hairstylist on Bridgerton, also paid tribute to Pilcher. She posted on Instagram: ‘Rest in peace my dear friend. I will love you forever and I will hold you safely in my heart always.’
The Office for National Statistics identified 256 ‘breakthrough deaths’ among the 51,281 Covid fatalities that occurred between January 2 and July 2. More than 76 per cent of these patients were clinically extremely vulnerable to the virus, and had underlying conditions or weak immune systems.
The Government credits AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna’s jabs with saving 112,000 lives and averting 24 million Covid infections.
Rigorous trials have shown the vaccines to be completely safe for the vast majority of people, including children. But there is a very small risk of side effects, which in an even smaller number of patients can be deadly.
Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines have been linked to heart inflammation known as myocarditis, particularly in young people.
Nicola Coughlan (left and right, in Bridgerton) paid tribute to Pilcher on social media
Pilcher’s designs for Queen Charlotte, played by Golda Rosheuvel, helped win him an Emmy award for best period hair styling
In January, it was announced that the hit series had been renewed for a second season
And yesterday the Office for National Statistics declared that just nine people in Britain have died directly from any Covid vaccine. However, scientists pointed out the number does not yet take into account dozens of deaths linked to AstraZeneca’s vaccine and rare blood clots.
According to his website, Pilcher began his career in 1988, after leaving college and landing a job in West End theatre, which he described as ‘the best place in the world to learn period hairdressing’.
It added: ‘This happy, creative atmosphere kept him working in theatre land and on tour for 15 years, until Marc started to get offers to work as a hair and makeup artist on TV. This then turned into positions on feature films, where he works today.
‘Marc’s work has taken him all over the world and he feels privileged to work on such a wide variety of projects and with inspirational teams of people.’
In an interview with Vogue in February, designer Pilcher outlined some of his ideas when it came to working on Bridgerton.
He said: ‘First, I research paintings and books of the period, then I like to add my slant on the looks using the influences of other periods and old Hollywood movies.
‘I have a huge collection – I like to feed off that and mix them up with my historical knowledge to create the right look. The Regency look was based around the shapes of ancient Greece.
‘It then reemerged in the 1980s with the UK’s New Romantic scene – I’m sure it will pop up again, that beautiful Grecian shape for the women and quiffs for the men, and that use of makeup.’
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