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Leyland Dad wins Oscar

Oscar winning make up artist Mark Coulier is basking in the glory of Tinseltown - after scooping his second gong.

The 51-year-old former Preston Polytechnic and Hutton Grammar School pupil who received his second Oscar, from actress Reese Witherspoon, at a star-studded ceremony in Hollywood on Sunday night has paid tribute to his “team” for the award.

The acclaimed make-up and prosthetics artist, who was born and raised in Farington, Leyland, collected the prized trophy with colleague Frances Hannon just days after the pair scooped the British Academy Film and Television Award for make-up and hair, for their work in prosthetic make-up on The Grand Budapest Hotel.

He said today: “I am honoured to have won the Oscar this year, and am indebted to my talented crew. “Wes Anderson is such an inspirational film maker, and it was a real pleasure to be involved in one of his films.

“I’ve been having a fantastic time over here in LA, - I went along to the Vanity Fair party, which was a lot of fun, and its been great to be a part of the celebrations once again.”

The dad-of-three, whose father Ray, still lives in Leyland, is creative director of one of Europe’s leading make-up effects companies, Coulier Creatures FX in St Albans.

He received an Oscar and BAFTA in 2012 for best make-up for transforming Meryl Streep into Margaret Thatcher in the hit movie, The Iron Lady.

In 2000, he received an Emmy award for Arabian Nights and another nomination for Jason and the Argonauts and has worked on numerous projects ranging from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Alien III to Star Wars: Episode 1, The Mummy and The Fifth Element amongst others.

He was the creator of Lord Voldemort on the Harry Potter movies, created prosthetics for Ralph Fienne’s directorial debut Corialanus and was the mastermind behind an army of Zombies in the Brad Pitt blockbuster WWZ.

Coulier Creatures FX recreated the horrific burn injuries suffered by Niki Lauda in the Ron Howard movie Rush and recreated Nelson Mandela for the biopic ‘Long Walk To Freedom’.

Mark’s late mother Maureen used to work in the Leyland office of the Lancashire Evening Post in Hough Lane before spending several years on the reception at County Hall.