Bridgerton cast 'heartbroken' after show's designer Marc Pilcher passes away

Stars of the show have shared tributes to the Emmy winner and visionary

Netflix's Bridgerton promotional poster
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Bridgerton was the breakout series of 2020—it smashed streaming records and captured all of our hearts, with its drama, romance, and beautiful aesthetics. One of the many things that made us all fall in love with the show was the flawless hair and makeup looks, brought to us by designer Marc Pilcher, who has sadly passed away.

Stars of the series have shared touching tributes to the designer, including Nicola Coughlan, who plays Penelope and Lady Whistledown herself. She shared a picture of Marc and a series of examples of his hair and makeup designs on the set of Bridgerton.

“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", Nicole wrote.

Marc Pilcher poses with the award for Outstanding Period And/Or Character Hairstyling for "Bridgerton" at Microsoft Theater on September 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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She continued saying: “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.” 

Nicola ended her post with: ”Rest in Peace Marc ❤️” and sent her thoughts to the rest of his design team.

Her fellow castmates commented on her post, with Phoebe Dyvenor writing: “❤️❤️❤️❤️”,

Marc worked on many films and series including Mary Queen of Scots, Downton Abbey, and of course, Bridgerton. He was recently awarded the Emmy for ‘Outstanding Period And/Or Character Hairstyling' for his work on Bridgerton and was no doubt the mastermind behind the dreamy 'Bridgerton brow'.

Heartbreakingly, he passed away on the 3rd of October, just weeks after receiving his award.

This isn't the first loss the Bridgerton cast has had to face. The show's fans will be familiar with the name Brian Nickels, a stunt coordinator who died in January 2020 due to a cardiac arrest and to whom the final episode of season one is dedicated to.

Our thoughts are Marc Pilcher's friends and family during this difficult time.

Naomi Jamieson
Naomi Jamieson

Naomi is a trainee News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on fashion, wellbeing, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life and is training for an NCTJ Qualification. 

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.