Character Makers: Alexandra Byrne

Born: 1962

Career: 1995-present

Venue: Film

You’ve probably never heard of Alexandre Byrne, but you’ve probably heard of or seen several of her characters acting out in numerous period and fantasy flicks. “Finding Neverland“, “Hamlet” (1996),  “The Phantom of the Opera“, and lest we forget the mega-blockbusters:  “Thor” , “The Avengers” and most recently  “The Guardians of the Galaxy“.  So far, Mrs. Byrne has helped develop the characters for 12 films, earning  costuming Oscar nominations (1 win) for 4 of them.  Alexandra studied under Margaret Harris at the Motley Theater Design Course.

She has also won a BAFTA for 1995’s “Persuasion“, a Tony award for Best Scenic Design in “Some Americans Abroad” and her Oscar win goes to “Elizabeth: The Golden Age“.

In her MARVEL work Byrne takes some of the most visually creative characters, with often eccentric looks, and deftly combines modern concepts of aesthetics and the realities of a three dimensional human body to translate the character onto screen.  Cheers to a master!




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