Marc Pilcher, the Emmy-winning hairstylist and makeup designer known for his work at Bridgerton, died of Covid at the age of 53.
News of Pilcher’s death comes just weeks after he won a Creative Emmy for his work on the Netflix hit. He was twice vaccinated and had no underlying health conditions, as confirmed to Variety by his agency, Curtis Brown.
“Glamorous and extravagant, he brought his flair and flair to each design,” read a statement. “Never limited in his thought process for his creations, he pushed the limits and created a work never done before.”
UK-based Pilcher traveled to Los Angeles for the Emmy Awards and ran multiple tests that came back negative throughout the entire process, according to Variety. After returning to England, he fell ill and died on October 3.
Nicola Coughlan, who played Penelope on the show, tweeted that she was “heartbroken” by the news. “It is a tragedy that he was taken so young when he still had a lot to do,” he wrote. “Please use this also as a reminder that Covid is still a very real and present danger, please get vaccinated and wear a mask to protect yourself and others.” Phoebe Dynevor said she was “speechless” on Instagram.
In his acceptance speech, Pilcher called Bridgerton the “most exciting project” to be a part of.
“It’s so wonderful and welcoming and I knew we were doing something special, but I really wasn’t expecting this 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.