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Make-up and Hair Designer
For his make-up and hair work on Saul Dibb’s The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley, Daniel Phillips earned a BAFTA Award nomination. The project marked his first collaboration with Jane Eyre costume designer Michael O’Connor; and his fourth BAFTA nomination, following ones for Stephen Frears’ The Queen, starring Helen Mirren, and episodes of the comedy series French and Saunders.
Mr. Phillips began his career with a hair styling apprenticeship, as well as training as a graphic artist in the marine industry. He then continued his studies at the London College of Fashion, studying Media, Film and Editorial Make-up and Hair. After 2 years working in the fashion and beauty fields, he spent 8 years at the BBC honing his craft in the make-up department; this encompassed a host of projects calling for both contemporary and period work.
His work has brought him Emmy and Royal Television Society Awards for the miniseries Bleak House; and an Emmy for Steve Barron’s miniseries Arabian Nights. His other notable television projects have included Bharat Nalluri’s miniseries Tsunami: The Aftermath and Richard Loncraine’s telefilm The Special Relationship.
Mr. Phillips’ feature work as hair and make-up designer includes Roger Michell’s Venus, starring Peter O’Toole and Jodie Whittaker; Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe, also for Ruby Films, and Chéri; John Maybury’s The Edge of Love, starring Keira Knightley; Nicholas Hytner’s The History Boys; Nick Murphy’s upcoming The Awakening, starring Rebecca Hall; and, reuniting him with Helen Mirren, The Debt, directed by John Madden.
Reteaming with the latter director, as well as Judi Dench of Jane Eyre, he is currently at work on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which also stars Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, and Tom Wilkinson.