The Emmy-winning stylist for the Netflix blockbuster drama series Bridgerton, who died with Covid, was doubly vaccinated with no underlying conditions, his devastated family has confirmed in a tribute.
UK-based Marc Pilcher, 53, died on Sunday, just weeks after traveling to the US, where he received an Emmy award in Los Angeles for outstanding hair styling in the period drama.
Obviously, the makeup artist tested negative for Covid multiple times to make the journey across the Atlantic and back, but fell ill shortly after returning to Britain and deteriorated over the weekend.
Growing up in Chatham, Kent, Pilcher was known in the industry for his work in several West End shows, TV shows and movies — receiving an Oscar nomination for his work on the 2018 film Mary, Queen of Scots featuring Saoirse starring Ronan and Margot Robbie.
In a statement via agency Curtis Brown, his family and friends confirmed that Pilcher had been double vaccinated with no underlying health condition. It is likely that he received a shot from Pfizer or AstraZeneca.
Pilcher leaves behind his family, friends and his beloved cockapoo Yuri.
Bridgerton stars paid tribute to the stylist, with Phoebe Dynevor saying she was “out of words”, while Irish actress Nicola Coughlan urged people on social media to get vaccinated against Covid.
Official data indicate that it is very rare for fully vaccinated people to die from Covid, with those who received two doses accounting for just one in every 200 virus-related deaths in England in the first half of this year.
Pilcher’s family and friends said in a statement: ‘It is with the deepest of our hearts that Marc Elliot Pilcher, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning hair and makeup designer/stylist, has passed away following a battle with Covid-19 on Sunday 3rd. October 2021.
Marc Pilcher, 53, died on Sunday, just weeks after traveling to the US, where he received an Emmy award in Los Angeles for outstanding hair styling in the period drama
Growing up in Chatham, Kent, Pilcher was known in the industry for his work in several West End shows, TV shows and movies — receiving an Oscar nomination for his work on the 2018 film Mary, Queen of Scots featuring Saoirse starring Ronan and Margot Robbie
This image on Pilcher’s Instagram account shows Pilcher (right) with his team of artists
Bridgerton, starring Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor, was a resounding success for Netflix last December
Irish actress Nicola Coughlan, who plays wealthy heiress Penelope Featherstone in the Netflix series, shared the news of his passing on social media.
Yesterday 33 deaths were recorded among people who tested positive for Covid
Glamorous and extravagant, he brought his flair and style into every design. Never limited in his thought process for his creations, he pushed boundaries and created work that has never been realized before.’
Coughlan said: “Marc was so passionate about his work and so incredibly talented. Less than a month ago, he won his first Emmy award. It’s a tragedy that he was taken so young when he still had so much to do. Please also use this as a reminder that Covid is still a very real and present danger, please get vaccinated and masked to protect yourself and others.”
Dynevor, who played Daphne Bridgerton on the show, shared Coughlan’s Instagram post, adding: “No words.”
Lynda J Pearce, assistant head hairdresser at Bridgerton, also paid tribute to Pilcher. She posted on Instagram: ‘Rest in peace my dear friend. I will love you forever and I will always carry you safe in my heart.”
The Office for National Statistics identified 256 “breakthrough deaths” among the 51,281 Covid deaths that occurred between January 2 and July 2. More than 76 percent of these patients were clinically extremely vulnerable to the virus and had underlying conditions or a weak immune system.
The government credits the shots of AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna for saving 112,000 lives and preventing 24 million Covid infections.
Rigorous trials have shown that the vaccines are completely safe for the vast majority of people, including children. But there is a very small risk of side effects, which can be fatal in an even smaller number of patients.
Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines have been linked to heart inflammation known as myocarditis, especially in young people.
Nicola Coughlan (left and right, in Bridgerton) paid tribute to Pilcher on social media
Pilcher’s designs for Queen Charlotte, played by Golda Rosheuvel, helped him win an Emmy award for the best hair styling of the era
In January it was announced that the hit series had been renewed for a second season
And yesterday, the Office for National Statistics said just nine people in Britain have died directly from a Covid vaccine. However, scientists pointed out that the number does not yet account for dozens of deaths linked to AstraZeneca’s vaccine and rare blood clots.
According to his website, Pilcher began his career in 1988, after dropping out of college and landing a job in West End theatre, which he described as “the best place in the world to learn hairdressing training.”
It added: ‘This upbeat, creative vibe kept him in theater and touring for 15 years, until Marc got offers to work as a hair and makeup artist on TV. This then changed to positions on feature films, where he works today.
“Marc’s work has taken him all over the world and he feels privileged to work on such a wide variety of projects and with inspiring teams of people.”
In a February interview with Vogue, designer Pilcher outlined some of his ideas about working on Bridgerton.
He said: ‘First I research paintings and books from that period, then I give my view on the appearance with influences from other periods and old Hollywood films.
‘I have a huge collection – I like to feed on those and mix them with my historical knowledge to create the right look. The Regency look was based on the shapes of ancient Greece.
“Then it resurfaced in the 1980s with the British New Romantic scene – I’m sure it will resurface, that beautiful Greek shape for the women and tintins for the men, and that use of make-up.”