I am a costume designer for film, television and theatre. Since graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 1984, I have worked on many productions mainly in the UK, but also all over the world, including Jamaica, Spain, France, Canada and Italy.
Why do I do this job? Because I love it! I like designing costumes, that could range from the very best legal drama on the BBC with all it’s highly researched British Legal clothing to a crime drama involving the police and a murder story, to a children’s fantasy adventure series and the latest science fiction or period drama. Whatever the project, if the script is a good one it will get my attention. I love working with writers, producers, executive producers, actors and guiding my team through the complexities of designing and of making a new production or even improving an existing series. It’s all so exciting, it’s hard work, I work my socks off, but ultimately it is stimulating and rewarding to see the finished thing on the screen. Many costume designers get boxed into categories such as period or contemporary designers and that’s all they get to do. I try to expand my range and like to do a variety of different things. I love the collaboration most of all and knowing when you’ve achieved the vision of a writer or helped an actor with their performance through the costume design is wonderful. It’s just as stimulating to research the correct procedure and clothing for a military court martial as it is to research a particular period or even research the behaviour of a particular time in history and how it affected the way people dressed. Contemporary research is just as rewarding, looking at the way a gang on an estate will behave and how it affects the way they dress is fascinating.
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Among the broadcasters I have worked for and with are the BBC, Granada, Carlton, Yorkshire Television and HTV. I have worked on productions for both network and regional television. My credits include the TV series Wizards Vs Aliens, Silk 2, Law and Order UK, Fast Freddie, the Widow and Me, Sarah Jane Adventures, Coma Girl, Sherlock (Pilot), Torchwood 1,2 and Children of Earth, Doctor Who, Place of Execution and Sea of Souls. I was nominated for a Royal Television Society award for This is Personal-The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper in 2000 and won a Bafta Cymru best costume design for Torchwood in 2008. Also nominated for a Bafta Cymru Best Costume for Torchwood 2 in 2009 and 2010.
My filming kit ranges from warm up coats to rails and all other equipment which I still have and use on the productions I design. My office is now at the Priority Business Centre in Cardiff city centre.
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