Anne Oldham admits she wasn’t “aware” of Neil Gamon and Terry Pratchett‘s best-selling fantasy novel “Good Omens” before signing on to design the makeup and hairstyles for the TV adaptation. In fact, this limited series about an angel (Michael Sheen) and a demon (David Tennant) trying to prevent Armageddon was “very different from anything I’d done before, so I was really flattered that they’d offered it to me.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Oldham above.
Oldham is best known for her work on period programs such as “Downton Abbey” and adaptations of “Emma” (2006) and “Jane Eyre” (2009), all three of which brought her Emmy wins. For this project, “I wanted to look at slightly odd and out-of-the box designs,” she says. “I just wanted it to be quirky and slightly unusual.” The ideas “came from everywhere because we could start at the beginning of the world to now … We didn’t have one particular look; it was just a hodgepodge of ideas that were thrown together.”
In addition to her three Emmy victories, Oldham won a BAFTA Award for her work on “Jane Eyre,” and she was also nominated for a TV adaptation of “Oliver Twist” in 2008.
“Good Omens” premieres on Amazon Prime on May 31. The all-star cast includes Jon Hamm, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, Brian Cox, Frances McDormand, Benedict Cumberbatch, Derek Jacobi and Nick Offerman. All six episodes were directed by Douglas Mackinnon (“Sherlock,” “Outlander,” “Doctor Who”) and scripted by Gaiman.
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