Ellen D'Andrade Brown
Specialist Hair and Media Make-up BA (Hons)
I was studying acting but changed my mind after a year. Make-up had always been my passion. I contacted UCB late, it was during Freshers’ Week, and asked if I could do the course. I started within a week of making the phone call.
At UCB you are taught by specialists and it prepares you in the best way for the industry. The teachers genuinely teach you things you need to know and they are always there to help you.
When I started the course, I would have been happy if I just passed but when I got into my third year I decided I would work my absolute hardest. I cried when I found out I had got a First.
I did a Final Major Project in my third year rather than a dissertation and I did a short film, working with a videographer. A month after I finished uni, I got a call from a production company saying the videographer had recommended me as a make-up artist. I got my first job working on a film for the London Short Film Festival in the Teen Girl Heroes section.
I have gone on to work on the film “Their Finest Hour and a Half,” a comedy set in the 1940s with Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton. I worked at Pinewood Studios and on location in London, working on pre-production and shooting. Since then, I have worked as a freelance make-up artist on “Mr Selfridge” for TV and a pilot for Sky Arts with Joanna Lumley and Dominic West. “The Mummy” starring Tom Cruise will be the next film I am working on, which is really exciting as there has already been a lot of press about it.
I love my job and I like working in a team. You meet amazing people – it is like being part of a family.
"I have gone on to work on the film 'Their Finest Hour and a Half' a comedy set in the 1940s with Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton. I worked at Pinewood Studios and on location in London, working on pre-production and shooting."