Alexandra Byrne


Costume Designer, Set Designer

Biography

This noted theatrical designer has worked with a number of top troupes in the UK, including the Royal Shakespeare Company. Byrne first worked with Kenneth Branagh on his theatrical directing debut, "Life of Napoleon." She also forged a close collaboration with Roger Michell, designing several plays including Richard Nelson's "Some Americans Abroad," which transferred to Broadway in 1990....

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Biography

This noted theatrical designer has worked with a number of top troupes in the UK, including the Royal Shakespeare Company. Byrne first worked with Kenneth Branagh on his theatrical directing debut, "Life of Napoleon." She also forged a close collaboration with Roger Michell, designing several plays including Richard Nelson's "Some Americans Abroad," which transferred to Broadway in 1990.

Byrne has frequently worked on British TV productions, including "A Killing on the Exchange" and "The Most Beautiful Dress in the World." She designed the miniseries "The Buddha of Suburbia" (1993) and the TV-movie "Persuasion" (1995), both directed by Michell and both released theatrically in the USA. Byrne again reteamed with Branagh for his feature version of "Hamlet" (1996). For her 19th Century designs, she earned an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design. Two years later, Byrne again received plaudits for her period work in "Elizabeth" (1998).

Life Events

1990

Broadway debut as designer, "Some Americans Abroad"; earned Tony nomination

1993

Worked with Michell on the British miniseries "The Buddha of Suburbia"

1995

Designed the costumes for Michell's TV-movie "Persuasion" (released theatrically inthe USA)

1996

Feature debut as costume designer, "Hamlet"; directed by Kenneth Branagh; garnered Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design

1998

Designed the period costumes for "Elizabeth"; received second Academy Award nomination

2001

Created the costumes for "Captain Corelli's Mandolin"

2004

Costume designer for "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Finding Neverland"; earned third Oscar nomination for the latter

2007

Won first Oscar for her work on the period film, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"

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