MotherFatherSon, which aired on BBC Two tonight (Wednesday, March 6), ended with a card saying: “In memory of Marella Shearer, 1952 – 2018.” Marella Shearer was an award-winning make-up artist who worked on MotherFatherSon before her death. The BBC show features a title card in tribute to her and its makers have spoken about working with the make-up artist.
Who is Marella Shearer?
Marella Shearer was a hair and make-up artist who worked on MotherFatherSon.
Her extensive TV and film credits include everything from The Vicar of Dibley to Spooks.
At an event attended by Express.co.uk, MotherFatherSon writer Tom Rob Smith paid tribute to Shearer.
He said: “She knew she was not well and that she was having a relapse.
She managed one day [of filming] in a beautiful garden and she was saying how she’d loved meeting all the cast.
“She was so glad to have got [MotherFatherSon] through pre-production and managed to sell the show.
“She’s wonderful, she’s done loads of shows and she’s an incredible woman and we just wanted to dedicate it to her.”
Shearer had been nominated for a BAFTA and an Emmy in 2009 for her work on House of Saddam.
MotherFatherSon will be her final onscreen project, capping off a career that began in 1979.
Other key projects include doing Nigella Lawson’s make-up for Nigella Bites as well as doing make-up on shows like Gimme Gimme Gimme, Silent Witness and Prime Suspect.
Speaking to Make Art Not War in 2015, Shearer shared some of the most remarkable moments of her career.
She said: “Doing the makeup for Tommy Cooper who died at my feet was an insane memory.”
“Doing Sharpe in India was amazing, and hard trying to keep things looking period in that heat.
“House of Saddam was a very gratifying job recreating Saddam Hussein and his family, again shot in the intense heat of North Africa.
“The Honourable Woman with Maggie Gyllenhaal again was a great challenge as the director also wrote it and subsequently had very strong views about how each character should be as they were all his babies.
“Shooting a film in Pakistan during the Gulf war was pretty weird, and doing a film in the rainforest in Borneo was pretty mental too.”
MotherFatherSon airs on Wednesdays on BBC Two