CPFT's Amanda is off to the Oscars

She's heading for Hollywood with husband Mark after his Academy Award nomination

CPFT's Amanda is off to the Oscars
16 January 2015

Cambridgeshire make-up and prosthetics expert Mark Coulier has been nominated for an Oscar for his work on the hit film The Grand Budapest Hotel.

He will be heading off to the annual star-studded Hollywood awards ceremony with his wife, Amanda, who works for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

It will be the second time the couple have rubbed shoulders with some of the world’s biggest movie stars after Mark won an Academy Award in 2012 for best make-up for his work on The Iron Lady transforming Meryl Streep into Margaret Thatcher.

Mark has been nominated in the best make-up and hairstyling award category alongside colleague, Frances Hannon, the overall make-up designer. The pair have also been nominated for a BAFTA in the best hair and make-up category for The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Mark, who also won a BAFTA in 2012 for The Iron Lady, said: “It’s been an incredible few days. You always hope your work will be recognised in some way, but it’s really thrilling to be nominated again for an Oscar and a BAFTA. It was a pleasure to work on The Grand Budapest Hotel, and I’m proud of what we achieved. Amanda is very happy as it means champagne, Los Angeles, and a chance to get winked at once again by George Clooney!”

Mark and Amanda (pictured above taking a selfie at the Oscars in 2012), live near Royston and they have a two-year-old son Ollie. Mark also has two children 14-year-old Isabel and 12-year-old Ethan.

Amanda, an associate director at CPFT, said: “I’m really proud of Mark. He does some incredible work, and it’s amazing that he’s been recognised again. We did a lot of star spotting last time we went to the Oscars and it’s hard not to stare when you’re just a few feet from the likes of Brad Pitt or Cameron Diaz.
“I never thought I’d get a chance to go the Academy Awards once, let alone twice – and what better excuse to get a new dress!
“My colleagues at CPFT have been really supportive, and if he wins again I’ll bring the Oscar in to show them.”

One of the world’s leading make-up effects experts, Mark is creative director of Coulier Creatures FX Ltd and had worked on films including the Harry Potter series, World War Z, and X Men: First Class. His company has won critical acclaim for recreating the horrific burns suffered by Niki Lauda in Ron Howard’s Formula 1 film, Rush, and ageing the characters in the Nelson Mandela biopic Long Walk To Freedom which is set over a 30 year period.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a comedy staring Ralph Fiennes as a concierge of a famous European hotel, who along with his young protégé, becomes involved in the theft and recovery of a priceless painting and a battle over an enormous family fortune.

Directed by Wes Anderson, the film has been nominated for nine Oscars, the most of any film at this year’s Academy Awards which take place on February 22, 2015. The BAFTAs are on 8 February.


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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