‘Bridgerton’ Emmy winner Marc Elliot Pilcher, 53, died of Covid-19 on Sunday two weeks after attending the 73rd Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
Pilcher was “double vaccinated” and had no underlying conditions, as confirmed to Variety by 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 said in a statement.
Marc Pilcher joined award ceremony with unmasked celebrities
According to his family, Pilcher tested negative for Covid-19 in order to attend the ‘fully vaccinated’ Emmy award ceremony in Los Angeles where celebrities flitted about maskless.
Pilcher, who is based in the UK, travelled to Los Angeles for the Emmy awards and took multiple tests which were negative throughout the process. After he returned to England, he fell ill and died on 3 October.
Only the ‘hired help’ was required to mask up last month at the Emmys.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said the maskless Emmys were not in violation of the county’s mask mandate because “exceptions are made for film, television, and music productions” since “additional safety modifications” are made for such events.
Who is Marc Pilcher?
Marc Pilcher was the U.K.-based hair and make-up designer who recently won an Emmy Award for his work on Netflix’s Bridgerton, according to Deadline.com.
- Pilcher began his career in 1988 when, after college, he found work in London’s West End theater scene, including productions of Company, Sunset Boulevard and Aspects of Love.
- By the early 2000s, Pilcher began working in the film and TV industries as a hairdresser, stylist and makeup artist. He worked with such artists as Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Shirley MacLaine, Ralph Fiennes, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Madonna, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Williams, Kristen Scott Thomas and Sir Ian McKellen.
- In 2019 Pilcher was nominated for an Academy Award for his hair styling on Mary Queen of Scots.
- Pilcher won a 2021 Emmy Award for Outstanding Period And/Or Character Hairstyling for his work on Netflix’s Bridgerton, specifically the “Art of the Swoon” episode. Other awards include three Hollywood Makeup Artist & Hairstyling Guild Awards for his work on Bridgerton, Downton Abbey and Mary Queen of Scots.
Tributes to Marc Elliot Pilcher
Following the news, actress Nicola Coughlan wrote a tribute and sent condolences to his friends and family.
“So heartbroken by the loss of Marc Pilcher, the brilliant and visionary Hair and Makeup designer for ‘Bridgerton’ Season One,” she wrote alongside a photo of Pilcher. “Marc was so passionate about his work and so tremendously talented. Not even a month ago he won his first Emmy award.”
Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne Bridgerton on the show, shared Coughlan’s post to her Instagram Story, adding, “At a loss for words.”
Pilcher’s fellow Bridgerton hair and makeup artist Lynda J. Pearce also honored her late friend on social media.
“Rest in peace my dear friend,” she wrote, calling him her “darling Marc” on Instagram. “I will love you forever and I will hold you safely in my heart always.”
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