Peter Swords King – Hair & Makeup Designer

Episode 3: We chat with an incredible artist, the man who has taught me so much throughout my career, a wig maker, Hairstylist, Makeup Artist and mentor to many, the one and only Mr Peter Swords King. Peter talks about how his career started, what he looks for in a team and his Makeup School BAMM (Bath Academy in Media Makeup) 

KIT CORNER: The Brush Block


Renowned Makeup and Hair Designer, Peter King, began his career in 1970 when he left school and was involved in a variety of small theatre companies. This career change culminated with Peter heading up an arts centre for two years before realising his path would be in Makeup and Hair.

Peter began work at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre in 1980 where he met Peter Owen who was head of Makeup. After following Mr. Owen to the Welsh National Opera, the two Peter’s worked together for five years before forming their wig
company, Owen, King, and Co.

A major highlight of Peter’s career was designing the original theatre production of Phantom of the Opera, now playing all over the world. From that point, Peter has focused on a successful career in film with his forte in wig design and period
work. He received the highest of honors winning both the Oscar and BAFTA for his exceptional work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, distinguishing himself as a master of his craft.

Peter has designed the looks for such notable films including; Youth Without Youth on which he collaborated with esteemed director Francis Ford Coppola, King Kong, Nanny McPhee, Beyond the Sea, His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. In 2007 Peter collaborated once again with famed director Peter Jackson on DreamWorks’ The Lovely Bones. 2009 proved to be a very busy year. Peter was the designer on Rob Marshall’s star studded film Nine which included a cast full of Oscar winners including Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Dame Judi Dench, and Sophia Loren, bringing him for the seventh time in his career, a BAFTA nomination. He also collaborated again with Emma Thompson on the next Nanny McPhee instalment “Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang.” Peter next designed Anne Hathaway’s makeup on Ed Zwick’s “Love and Other Drugs” and again teamed with Rob Marshall on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

To see other projects Peter has worked on visit: IMDB or Instagram
Bath Academy of Media Makeup

KIT CORNER – The Brush Block

For Kit Corner on Episode 3, we spoke with Makeup Artist Zara Bray , Zara is the designer, creator and company director of The Brush Block and she tells us all about her sustainable, stylish and solid brush and tool holder.

The Brush Block is a product handmade in the UK that supports your brushes, tools and products in a sustainable haven. A fine tuned design, created and handmade by Media Make-up Artist, Zara Bray, who knows the importance of storing these items in a sustainable way.  The Brush Block uses British grown Ash and Oak wood, sourced locally from sustainable timber yards making this an environmentally friendly option.
The Brush Block is solid and durable with no worries of breakage but also not weighty.

The Brush Block is very excited to announce that 5% of every product sold is now donated to The Marine Conservation Society, the UK charity working for seas full of life.

OFFER EXPIRES: 30th September 2020