PERSONAL SUMMARY

I am a skilled Makeup & Hair Designer with over 15 years of experience. My background spans across major feature films, TV shows and personal makeup artistry. Operating with a high level of production awareness, I offer a balance of creativity and organisation. Leading teams with a calm approach enables me to create positive working environments and maintain the comfort of the cast, Director and Artist. In doing this, I design, develop and deliver a diverse range of looks and confidently adapt to different hair and skin types. Currently, I am Idris Elba’s personal artist for UK work.

Sector

Feature Films

Television Drama

Commercial

Media

Fashion/Music

Requirements

Character Design

Period Makeup/Hair

Special FX & Prosthetics

Male Grooming (Incl. Afro)

Female Celebrity Hair/Makeup (Incl. Afro)

General Skills

Makeup Production Management

Team Leadership & Management

On-Set Operations

Creativity

Innovative Thinking

CAREER HISTORY

I have worked across the globe as a  Freelance Makeup & Hair Designer for 15+ years, operating via The Dench Arnold Agency. During this time I have fulfilled contracts with high profile directors and casts.

• Collaborating closely with Directors, Producers and Actors to design and develop spot-on looks, with attention to the unique personalities of various film and TV characters.

• Delivering specific makeup/hair designs across diverse ranges of skin tones, hair types, and periods.

• Providing assistance in the breakdown of scripts in order to plan effectively for makeup and hair continuity across the entire filming schedule.

• Leading operational duties of the makeup and hair production. This includes ordering new stock and maintaining the inventory of all required materials, as well as budget management.

• Directing a team of makeup artists as well as crowd rooms for supporting artists. This involves mentoring artists and ensuring their high performance in line with the requirements of the brief.

• Maintaining a calm, organised and productive working environment at all times in order to ensure the comfort of the cast and the smooth running of all productions.

• Conducting in depth research to keep up to date on current looks, trends, and periods. Inputting such knowledge into makeup and hair strategy.

Feature Film Design

  • Hobbs and Shaw (Fast & Furious) Feature Film | 2018-2019 (Idris Elba personal) | Director David Leitch
  • Blinded by the Light 2018 (Period 80’s) |Director Gurinder Chadha | Starring Hayley Atwell, Sally Phillips, Rob Brydon
  • Yardie (Period 70’s/80’s) | 2017 | Director Idris Elba/Studio Canal | Starring Aml Ameen, Stephen Graham, Sheldon Shepherd
  • Nothing like This | 2014 | Director Amit Gupta | Starring Daisy Bevan, Ray Panthaki
  • Convenience | 2012 | Director Keri Collins | Starring Verne Troyer, Vicky McLure, Ray Panthaki, Adeel Akhtar

Feature Film Main Team

  • Commuter | 2017 | Studio Canal
  • Kill Command (period futuristic) | 2013 | Vertigo Films
  • The Machine | 2013 | Red & Black Films
  • The Fold | 2012 | British Film Council
  • Flying Blind | 2011 | BBC Films
  • Holy Flying Circus (period 60’s/70’s) | 2011 | BBC Films

Recent Commercial Campaigns

  • Sky | Idris Elba
  • Converse | Idris Elba
  • Purdeys | Idris Elba

Recent Editorial Credits

  • Vogue
  • Burberry
  • Esquire
  • People
  • Empire
  • GQ
  • NY Times
  • Radio Times

Recent Film Press

• Black Panther | Daniel Kaluuya

• Widows | Daniel Kaluuya

• Get Out | Daniel Kaluuya

• Yardie | Idris Elba

• Mountains between us | Idris Elba

• 100 Streets | Idris Elba

• Bastille day | Idris Elba

• Murder on the Orient Express | Leslie Odom

Drama Design

  • Turn up Charlie Netflix | 2018 | Director Tristram
  • Shapero/Matt Lipsey | Starring Idris Elba/Piper Perado
  • Press BBC1 | 2018 | Director Tom Vaughan | Starring
  • Charlotte Riley/Ben Chaplin
  • Liar ITV | 2017 | Director James Strong/Sam Donovan | Starring Ioan Gruffudd, Joanne Froggatt, Warren Brown
  • The Level ITV | 2016 | Director Andy Goddard/Mark Everest | Starring Karla Crome, Phil Glenister, Amanda Burton, Noel Clarke
  • Undercover BBC1 | 2015 | Director James Hawes/Jim O’Hanlon | Starring Sophie Okenado, Dennis Haysbert, Adrian Lester
  • Dr Foster 1 – BBC1 | 2015 | Director Tom Vaughan/Bruce Goodison | Starring Suranne Jonnes, Bertie Carvel
  • Code of a Killer (80’s) ITV | 2014 | Director James Strong | Starring John Simm, David Threlfall
  • From there to here BBC1 | 2013 | Director James Strong | Starring Bernard Hill, Phil Glenister, Saskia Reeves, Daniel Rigby, Liz White, Morven Christie
  • Broadchurch 1 & 2 ITV | 2012/2014 | Director James Strong | Starring Olivia Colman, David Tennant

Personal Clients

  • Idris Elba | 2014 – Present
  • Daniel Kaluuya | 2017 – Present
  • Leslie Odom Jnr | 2017
  •  Suranne Jones | 2016
  • Vicky McClure | 2015
  • Jodie Whittaker | 2014

Recent Awards

  • Bafta | Idris Elba, Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Whittaker
  • BFI | Idris Elba, Daniel Kaluuya
  • GQ | Idris Elba, Daniel Kaluuya
  • Mercury | Idris Elba
  • Empire | Idris Elba
  • Fifa Awards

Music Videos

  • Macklemore
  • Ellie Goulding
  • The Script
  •  D’Banj
  • K Koke
  • Mr Williamz
  • Tanya Lacey
  •  Dub Mafia
  • Bunji Garlin

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Makeup & Hair Design

(HTV Cardiff)

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Culture, Travel, Music

& Art

REFERENCES

Available upon request.