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Mark Coulier is a British make-up artist and special effects designer who worked in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.

Coulier began his career at the end of the 1980s, working as a special makeup technician for Clive Barker's Hellbound, the first sequel to his popular Hellraiser horror saga.

During the first half of the 1990s, Coulier worked mainly in horror and science-fiction movies: He was one of those responsible for the creature effects on Alien³ (BAFTA Award as a part of the team), plus he worked as the makeup special effects senior artist on another of Clive Barker's movies, Candyman. He was also a makeup effect designer or assistant in three movies about Frankenstein: Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992, Anthony Hickox), where the main characters travel through time and meet the doctor, and two adaptations of Mary W. Shelley's novel: David Wickes' 1992 one, starring Patrick Bergin and Randy Quaid as the doctor and his creature (another BAFTA Award as a part of the team plus a Cable Ace Awards nomination); and Kenneth Branagh's 1994 one, with Branagh himself as Frankenstein and Robert DeNiro, under Coulier's and others' makeup, as the monster.

Then, he began working with Jim Henson's Creature Shop, the same place from which Frank Oz came, with Babe.

He founded Coulier Creatures, Ltd. in London in 1996, and the company won him an Emmy Award on 1997.

Coulier returned to horror with spectacular Event Horizon (1997), replacing Sam Neill's eyes with empty sockets. He would work with Neill again the following year in TV movie Merlin (Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries). He worked on TV again on 1999 with Nick Willing's Alice in Wonderland, starring Tina Majorino as Alice plus an all-star ensemble cast that should resemble completely different characters (Particularly the Mad Hatter, Martin Short, gave him another Emmy Award).

On 1999, he also worked in spectacular The Mummy, another classic Universal Monster brought to fame by Boris Karloff. This time, Coulier was experienced enough to be one of the key animatronic model designers, alongside with Chris Barton and Michelle Taylor.

This is a role he reprised, that same year, in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. At the same time, he had to work in a role he was not accustomed to: An actor. After creating Malastare senator, the three-eyed Aks Moe, he was supposed to play that role in the Senate scenes! He had not to worry about his voice; professional voice actor Marc Silk would be dubbed over him. This is a politics that George Lucas had been using since 1997, when he took Rick Baker and placed him under his own creatures.

He was awarded with the Online Film and Television Association Awards and nominated for the Online Motion Picture Academy Awards.

Coulier continued his career only as a makeup designer, apparently not interested in more acting jobs. On 2000, he created effects for two TV movies, including Arabian Nights (John Leguizamo, Jason Scott Lee...), for which he won an Emmy for Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries, and Jason and the Argonauts (Dennis Hopper, Frank Langella...), nominated to that same Emmy. He also was in Leonardo DiCaprio's blockbuster The Beach.

On 2001, he would work as prosthetic makeup artist in both crime drama Another Life and in the sequel The Mummy Returns (being the only prosthetic makeup artist of that movie). He would also be the head of the make-up unit in another movie, the popular Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, beginning of the saga, which was nominated to the best Saturn Award.

Satisfied with his previous work, Coulier would be summoned again for the sequel of this movie: He was one of the animatronic model designers for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This work was nominated for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Awards.

On this same 2002 year, Coulier also worked on TV, becoming the make-up designer for the caveman and main star of the movie Stig of the Dump. Besides, he also worked as prosthetic make-up artist for Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.

Coulier worked on science fiction again as make-up effects artist on the mini series Children of Dune (2003), as well as in the crime movie about computer geeks 3 Blind Mice.

On 2004, Coulier returned to the Harry Potter saga for its third installment, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, being one of the key animatronic model designers alongside Val Jones-Mendosa, Tacy Kneale, Paul Spateri and Guy Stevens.

Coulier is also a Visiting specialist lecturer on prosthetic make-up, and attends to conventions where he signs and speaks about his work.


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