Donald Mowat is one of the film industry’s most sought-after make-up artists. Born to British parents in Montreal, Donald has served as make-up department head and designer on such films as Sicario, Nightcrawler, Prisoners, Nocturnal Animals, Stronger, Blade Runner 2049, and personal make-up artist to Daniel Craig on Skyfall and Spectre. Recent work includes Damien Chazelle’s
First Man,with Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy
With a career that spans over 30 years, Donald is a longtime member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television and the The Hollywood Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild,Local 706 . Donald has received numerous awards and recognition for his make-up work, including most recently BAFTA and MUAHS Award nominations for his work in Blade Runner 2049 (2018). His other honors include a BAFTA nomination and MUAHS Award win for Nocturnal Animals (2017), Saturn and MUAHS Award wins for Prisoners (2014), two Gemini Award wins for Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story (2006) and The Sleep Room (1998), and a Primetime Emmy Award win for Enchantment – Mark Twain and Me (1991).
Internationally, in 2012, he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to the film industry and various charities and was on the Board of Directors for the Actors’ Fund of Canada from 2008-2014, which helps Canadian entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity and ability to work.
While Donald’s career in major studio features enjoys an international reputation at the highest level, both as Head of Department and Personal Make-Up Artist, his credits also include independent art house projects. Donald continues to work in editorial, print, and theatre as a consulting make-up designer.
Donald has pledged continuous support and is an active member of BAFTA. Through his BAFTA membership, where he participates with branches in London, Los Angeles and Scotland, Donald volunteers as a mentor in the outreach program, which benefits local schools and universities by providing students the opportunity to learn about Donald’s craft. He has been especially involved with the BAFTA LA’s program at Washington Prep High School in south-central Los Angeles, where he mentors several inner-city students in what is considered an underserved area.
In addition to BAFTA, Donald continues to display his skill as an exemplary leader through speaking engagements and masterclasses with aspiring entertainment professionals at Pixar University, the London College of Fashion, and IMATS, to name a few.