'Bridgerton' Stars 'Heartbroken' After Show's Stylist Dies of COVID at 53

The stars of Bridgerton have expressed their sadness, after the show's hair and makeup designer, Marc Pilcher, died at 53 following a battle with COVID-19.

Just weeks earlier, U.K.-based Pilcher—who, according to Variety, had taken two doses of a coronavirus vaccine—had traveled to Los Angeles, where he won an Creative Emmy award for his work on the hit Netflix show.

While he was required to take multiple COVID tests to make his trip across the Atlantic for the September 11 ceremony, Variety reports that he fell sick soon after his return to the U.K. and passed away on Sunday.

According to a statement shared by family and friends of Pilcher, he had no underlying health conditions.

Nicola Coughlan, who played Penelope Featherington on Bridgerton, took to her Instagram and Twitter accounts to share a tribute to Pilcher on Monday.

"So heartbroken by the loss of Marc Pilcher, the brilliant and visionary Hair and Makeup designer for Bridgerton Season One," she wrote. 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."

She added: "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 shot to fame as lead character Daphne Bassett (née Bridgerton) on the show, shared Coughlan's heartfelt post on her Instagram Story, adding that she was "at a loss for words."

"Bridgerton" stylist Marc Pilcher
Marc Pilcher poses with the award for Outstanding Period And/Or Character Hairstyling for "Bridgerton" at Microsoft Theater on September 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Pilcher passed away on Sunday, following a battle with COVID-19, it has been announced. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

A statement from Pilcher's family and friends via talent agency Curtis Brown read, per Variety: "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.

"Marc entered the industry via the theater, working on shows such as Company, Sunset Boulevard and Aspects of Love. As for many, it was his training ground and for 15 years he worked in London's West End and around the U.K. on major stage plays and musicals.

"In the early 2000s, Marc entered the film and television industry and worked on TV shows and features as a hairdresser, stylist and makeup artist.

"During this time, he worked with artists including Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Shirley MacLaine, Ralph Fiennes, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Madonna, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Williams, Kristen Scott Thomas and Sir Ian McKellen amongst many others."

"In 2016, he designed his first show, The Collection – a drama set in post-war Paris," the statement went on. "In 2019 he was nominated for an Academy Award for his hair styling on Mary Queen of Scots.

"Most recently, he had won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Period And/Or Character Hairstyling for his work on [Season 1] of Netflix's critically acclaimed Bridgerton. Marc also received three Hollywood Makeup Artist & Hairstyling Guild Awards for his work on Bridgerton, Downton Abbey and Mary Queen of Scots.

"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 realized before.

"He was 53, double vaccinated with no underlying health condition."

"Bridgerton" stars Nicola Coughlan and Phoebe Dynevor
"Bridgerton" stars (L-R) Nicola Coughlan and Phoebe Dynevor shared tributes to Marc Pilcher on Instagram following news of his passing. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images;/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Annabel's