Veronica McAleer is a double Oscar nominated, RTS and Emmy Award winning make-up and hair designer. She will be doing a gender transformation make-up on the Main Stage, demonstrating the effectiveness of subtle prosthetics, in collaboration with Neill Gorton. They have worked together on several films such as ‘Becoming Jane’ ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘The Actors’.
Originally BBC trained, Veronica has worked on over 35 films and countless TV shows. She has designed hair and makeup for 15 feature films and worked with household names including James McAvoy, Michael Caine, Geoffrey Rush, Daniel Craig, Johnny Lee Miller, Damien Lewis, Ray Winstone, Andy Serkis, Anne Hathaway, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench, Julie Walters, Maggie Smith, Emily Watson and many more.
Veronica received Oscar nominations for ‘Mrs Brown’ and ‘Shakespeare in Love’, an Emmy Award for ‘The Life and Death of Peter Sellers’, and a Royal Television Society Award for ‘The Great Plague’. She has also worked as Personal Hair and Make Up Artist for actors Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly and Colin Firth.
MAKUP ‘The Academy for Film & Media Makeup’ is Veronica’s own make-up school in the event’s home city of Birmingham, where she is Managing Director and Lead Tutor. She is passionate about sharing her industry know–how with her students, encouraging talent, dedication and ambition through the highest standards of training. The Academy focuses on quality rather than quantity, and specialises in intensive training of no more than 10 students per module.
Veronica still works in the industry and has just come back from filming in Malta on the film Version of ‘Assassin’s Creed’ with her old friend, makeup designer Paul Gooch.
She says, “One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is creating characters changes for actors. It is the art of illusion that I love the most, it is very satisfying to transform someone’s face to the point where they are unrecognisable, often relying mainly on traditional methods of makeup such as shading, highlighting, wigs, eyebrows, lenses, teeth and small subtle prosthetics such as a chin, eye bags or a nose.”
We love Veronica’s career ‘pinch yourself’ moments, which are being blown a kiss by Johnny Depp, sharing a lift with Sean Connery at the Oscars and sharing a makeup bus with Harrison Ford!