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The Actors Centre Meets: Consolata Boyle

The Actors Centre Meets: Consolata Boyle

Tutor: Consolata Boyle in conversation with The Actors Centre

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Consolata Boyle (Costume Designer)

Consolata Boyle has three times been an Academy Award nominee in the Best Achievement in Costume Design category. These nominations were for her work on Victoria & Abdul, with Judi Dench in the leading role, as Queen Victoria; Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Oscar and Golden Globe Award-nominated Meryl Streep; and on The Queen, for which Helen Mirren won the Best Actress Academy Award. Ms. Boyle additionally received BAFTA Award nominations for her work on the latter two movies, a Costume Designers Guild nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins and a CDG Award for The Queen. 

Her other collaborations with director Stephen Frears also include: The Snapper, Mary Reilly (with Julia Roberts, Glenn Close, and John Malkovich), The Van, Chéri (with Michelle Pfeiffer), Tamara Drewe, and Philomena, which also starred Judi Dench and was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actress; for her work on the feature, Ms. Boyle was again nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award. Their most recent project together was Sundance TV’s State of the Union, with Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd, which won three Primetime Emmys in 2019.

She trained as a set and costume designer at the Abbey in Dublin, Ireland’s national theatre. Her first major feature as costume designer was Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s December Bride, starring Ciarán Hinds. Her subsequent films have included Mike Newell’s Into the West, starring Gabriel Byrne; Howard Davies’ The Secret Rapture, with Juliet Stevenson; David Mamet’s The Winslow Boy, starring Nigel Hawthorne; Alan Parker’s Angela’s Ashes, for which Ms. Boyle won the first of her seven Irish Film and Television Awards; David Mackenzie’s Asylum, starring Natasha Richardson; Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, for which Meryl Streep, portraying Margaret Thatcher, won the Academy Award for Best Actress; Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton; Miss Julie, starring Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell for director Liv Ullmann; James Kent’s Testament of Youth, starring Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain; Hugh Hudson’s Finding Altamira, starring Antonio Banderas and Rupert Everett; and King of Thieves, directed by James Marsh, with Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent and Tom Courtenay.

Ms. Boyle’s films for television, as costume designer, have included The Special Relationship (HBO), written by Peter Morgan and directed by Richard Loncraine; Into the Storm (HBO), directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan and starring Brendan Gleeson, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination; and The Lion in Winter (Showtime), directed by Andrei Konchalovsky and starring Glenn Close and Patrick Stewart. The latter earned her a Primetime Emmy Award as well as her first Costume Designers Guild Award nomination.

2020 will see the release of Marjane Satrapi’s Radioactive (Working Title/Studio Canal), with Rosamund Pike in the role of Marie Curie; Enola Holmes (Legendary Entertainment/Warner Bros.), starring Millie Bobby Brown, Helena Bonham Carter, and Henry Cavell; and Phyllida Lloyd’s Herself (Element Pictures/BFI/ BBC Films), which premiered at Sundance earlier in the year.

At the 2007 Dublin International Film Festival, Ms. Boyle was honoured with a Career Achievement Award and, in 2017, was awarded an honorary degree by the University for the Creative Arts in the UK for her contribution to film, as well as an Honorary Fellowship at the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, home of Ireland’s National Film School.

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