Who was Marc Pilcher? The man season two episode one of Bridgerton pays tribute to

He died of Covid last year

Bridgerton is back on our screens after over a year of waiting. Episode one of season two sees the London season back in full swing and members of society eager to find husbands and brides. The end of the first episode of Bridgerton season two pays tribute to a man called Marc Pilcher, so viewers might have been left wondering who he was and what he did for the show.

The card at the end of episode one “Captial R Rake” reads: “In Memory of Marc Pilcher”. Here’s what we know about what happened.

Who Marc Pilcher was and why Bridgerton season two episode one pays tribute to him

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Marc Pilcher was a hair stylist and makeup designer for Bridgerton

Marc Pilcher died of Covid in October 2021, just three weeks after he won a Creative Emmy for his work on the Netflix show Bridgerton. He was a hair stylist and makeup designer on the show, and died aged just 53. At the time of his death, UK-based Marc was double vaccinated and had no underlying health conditions.

He had recently taken a negative Covid test to travel to the US for the Emmy ceremony, but not long after his return to the UK he was taken ill. In a statement to Variety, his management said: “It is with the deepest of hearts we confirm that Marc Elliot Pilcher, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winning hair and makeup designer/stylist, passed away after a battle with COVID-19 on Sunday 3rd October 2021.”

The statement continued: “Glamorous and extravagant, he brought his flair and style to every design. Never limited in his thought process for his creations, he pushed boundaries and created work never realised before. He was 53, double vaccinated with no underlying health condition.”

Nicola Coughlan, who plays Penelope in Bridgerton, added on Instagram: “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. Not even a month ago he won his first Emmy award. 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. My heart goes out to his friends and family, especially to his wonderful team Lynda, Lou, Adam, Hollie, Tanya and Claire. He loved and cared for you all so much and my heart goes out to you all. Rest in Peace Marc.” Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne, added: “At a loss for words.”

Marc was also known for his work across West End shows, other TV shows and film. In 2018, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on “Mary Queen of Scots” with Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.

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