Talbot Heath’s very own Classics and Latin teacher, Annie Russell, was kind enough to give a talk as part of the Learning for Life lectures this term. When she is not focussing on gladiators and conjugating verbs, her main job is being creative as a professional hairstylist and make-up artist for the theatre and television. She has recently worked on the gripping BBC drama ‘Undercover’ which involved detailed make-up and hair design to both age and rejuvenate actors, as well as creating some rather disgusting injuries – no easy task! Miss Russell spoke about her wide-ranging and exciting work over the past five years, from ‘Downton Abbey’ to ‘Broadchurch’ and ‘Sherlock’, as well as an array of West End productions including the musical ‘Spamalot’. Her creativity ranges from dressing wigs, using prosthetics, styling hair and make-up for fashion shows, to making grim and very realistic fake injuries for dramas.
Annie’s talk was enthusiastic and engrossing as she revealed behind the scenes information about the extensive preparation involved in creating different effects, the detailed rehearsal process in filming was also explained, and Annie stressed the importance of maintaining visual continuity between takes. A Q and A session followed the talk that was very well attended by girls, from all year groups, as well as parents and staff. Grateful thanks go to Annie for such an inspiring presentation.