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Simon Bowles’ work as production designer is familiar to movie audiences from his imaginative collaborations with director Neil Marshall. These have included Centurion, starring Michael Fassbender; Dog Soldiers, starring Sean Pertwee and Kevin McKidd; Doomsday, starring Rhona Mitra; and The Descent. He returned to the latter subterranean environments for The Descent: Part 2, directed by John Harris and executive-produced by Mr. Marshall.
Mr. Bowles’ other features as production designer include Edgar Wright’s A Fistful of Fingers; Dan Reed’s Straightheads; James Watkins’ Eden Lake; Simon Hunter’s Lighthouse, for which he received a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nomination, and short film Wired; Jeremy Lovering’s telefilm A Plot to Kill Hitler (a.k.a. Killing Hitler); and Jim O’Hanlon’s telefilm The Reckoning. He again worked with the latter as production designer of the miniseries The Deep, also directed by Colm McCarthy, starring James Nesbitt, Orla Brady, and Goran Visnjic.
A graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, he segued into movies by way of the art department. His features as art director included Michael Anderson’s The New Adventures of Pinocchio; Russell Mulcahy’s Tale of the Mummy and telefilm The Lost Battalion; and Kevin Allen’s Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London. Mr. Bowles was also art director on several episodes of Foyle’s War; and worked as concept artist on Simon West’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie.