Amongst the winners at this year’s film BAFTAS was a former pupil of Fulbridge Juniors and Deacon’s school in Peterborough.
David Malinowski (39) picked up the award for Best Makeup and Hair at the event at the Royal Albert Hall thanks to his stunning work on The Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman and his portrayal of Winston Churchill. David was the prosthetic supervisor and part of the team who helped transform actor Gary Oldman into the wartime leader for filming.
It was a double celebration for David as Gary Oldman won the BAFTA for Best Leading Actor at the event also.
Speaking to ESP the morning after the night before David described the evening as – “Pretty epic!” He told us – “People dream of being in this position, just to be nominated is a huge honour but to win was just amazing, especially as Gary won for best actor as well.”
Gary Oldman had to undergo hours in the make-up chair in order to become Churchill and speaking of the experience David said he enjoyed working with him.
“He was so respectful of what we did, but the film was a massive team effort with so much input behind the scenes. I’d worked with Gary on a previous film (The Hitman’s Bodyguard) and not only is he an incredible actor, but he’s also a very nice guy.”
David is now preparing to fly out to LA for the film award season, which has also seen him nominated for several awards including a prestigious Oscar. His parents Paul and Christine still live in Peterborough, but while David and his wife Elizabeth were at the BAFTAS his parents drove down to David’s home in Aylesbury to look after his two pet cats!
“They went to our local pub to watch the BAFTAS on television with all our friends and I spoke to them afterwards and they’d all been celebrating with champagne,” David told us.
David began his career working as a make-up trainee after leaving Stamford College. 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. (His Mum Christine was also involved as an extra).
Since then he’s gone on to run his own special effects make-up company and amongst his many credits are Ready Player One, X –Men First Class and The Revenant.
Everyone at ESP extends their warmest wishes to David over in Los Angeles during the forthcoming award season and his family and friends back in Peterborough who’ll be keeping their fingers crossed he can follow-up his BAFTA win.