New College Stamford Alumni David Malinowski, took the award for best make-up and hairstyling at last night’s Oscars for his work on The Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman, who also won the Best Actor award!

David attended New College Stamford where he studied media make-up, after leaving the college in 1996 he then started his career working as a make-up trainee. His first credited role was on the set of ITV’s London’s Burning and the scenes of a huge train fire filmed at the Nene Valley Railway in 1997. He also worked on Casualty and then onto Madam Tussauds.

David now runs his own special effects company in which he has worked on many films and series including The Revenant with Leonardo DiCaprio, X-Men, Downtown Abbey and Dr Who. Whilst working on the film The Hitman’s Bodyguard, he met Gary Oldman, and it was Gary who personally requested him to work on The Darkest Hour.

It took 18 hours a day in prosthetics and make-up to transform Gary into the iconic Winston Churchill, which went on for a staggering 50 days! He had to start by shaving Gary’s head, then adding his facial features like nose, cheeks and chin, then adding in the wig and then the makeup. Gary then had to put on his fat suit!

David has also won the BAFTA award for his work on the The Darkest hour, a huge congratulations from all of us at New College Stamford!
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