photo  philippa gedge

I started my working life as a comic book artist for British weekly anthology 2000AD- working on Judge Dredd and Sláine. ('Judge Dredd:Book of the Dead' and 'Sláine:Treasures of Britain' being the most notable stories).  
I moved over to film in 1997 to do character designs for Steve Barron's mini-TV series 'Merlin' starring Sam Neill.
In 1999 Doug Chiang asking me to join Iain mcCaig in the Star Wars art dept for Episode2:Attack of the Clones- mostly doing characters and costumes. Iain was the perfect mentor for me at that stage of my career- teaching me that narrative/story is everything when designing. 
In 2001  I had the good fortune to work for Production Designer Stuart Craig, who many of us regard as the greatest designer in the industry, on Harry Potter and  The Chamber of Secrets, Followed by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and a short stint on 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'. 
I spent a few months on Batman Begins, followed by my first film for Tim Burton; Charlie and the Chocolate factory - all out of London. Then Berlin for V for Vendetta followed by three years in San Francisco with Doug Chiang at his Ice Blink Studios for Beowulf and Christmas Carol.  
I came back to London to work on various projects,  mostly for Tim Burton; a year doing post production design for Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Dumbo and best of all, nine months developing  'Pinocchio' with just the script and Tim giving me direction. 
In 2013 I came back to the Galaxy far far away for Star Wars Ep 7: The Force Awakens,  mostly in the costume department. I returned to the Potter universe in 2015 for Fantastic Beasts and am currently working on Fantastic Beasts 2 with Stuart Craig. 
London February 2018
Online Lockdown 'Thrillcast' interview with 2000AD 

Graphic novel  Sláine:Treasures of Britain​​​​​​​
Graphic novel   Judge Dredd Book of the Dead
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