Jenny Beavan

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Jenny Beavan
Born1950 (age 70–71)
OccupationCostume designer
Years active1978 — present
Spouse(s)Ian Albery
(m. ?–1985)

Jenny Beavan, OBE (born 1950) is an English costume designer. She has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design ten times, winning two awards for A Room With A View (1985), for which she shared an award with John Bright, and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). She has also been nominated eight times for a BAFTA Award, winning for A Room With A View, Gosford Park (2001), and Mad Max: Fury Road. Beavan also received a Tony Award nomination for Best Costume Design for the play Private Lives.

Early life[edit]

Beavan was born in London, England. Her father was a cellist, her mother a viola player.[1] She credits them for instilling a strong work ethic.[2] She also has a sister.


Detail of the costume worn by Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility, designed by Beavan and John Bright.

Jenny Beavan is known for her work on Merchant Ivory films.[3] In the 1970s, she worked on set design for London theatrical productions.[1] She joined the field of film costume design after obtaining an unpaid position to design garments for a small Merchant Ivory film, Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures.[1][2][4] This began her long relationship with Merchant Ivory productions.

She has frequently worked with costume designer John Bright, who runs the costume-rental house Cosprop, and credits him with educating her as she was starting out her career. She said she was helped by "just listening to him and learning from him, learning the history and the politics of clothing".[3] Since then, the two have collaborated on more than ten films together and have shared six Oscar nominations.[3]

Detail of the costume worn by Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, designed by Beavan.

In 2016, Beavan won the BAFTA for Mad Max: Fury Road.[citation needed]

Beavan was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to drama production.[5][6]

In June 2018, Beavan was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Arts University Bournemouth alongside dancer Darcey Bussell, graphic designer Margaret Calvert OBE and director and screenwriter Edgar Wright.[7]

Personal life[edit]

She has one daughter, Caitlin,[1] a theatre producer born in 1985. They worked together on the West End theatre production of Third Finger Left Hand at Trafalgar Studios in 2013.

Film credits[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1979 The Europeans James Ivory costume assistant
1980 Jane Austen in Manhattan
1984 The Bostonians with John Bright
1985 A Room with a View
1987 Maurice
1988 A Summer Story Piers Haggard
The Deceivers Nicholas Meyer with John Bright
1990 Mountains of the Moon Bob Rafelson
1991 White Fang Randal Kleiser
Impromptu James Lapine
1992 Howards End James Ivory with John Bright
1993 Swing Kids Thomas Carter
The Remains of the Day James Ivory with John Bright
1994 Black Beauty Caroline Thompson
1995 Sense and Sensibility Ang Lee with John Bright
Jefferson in Paris James Ivory
1996 Jane Eyre Franco Zeffirelli
1997 Metroland Philip Saville
1998 Ever After Andy Tennant
1999 Anna and the King
Tea with Mussolini Franco Zeffirelli
2001 Gosford Park Robert Altman
2002 Possession Neil LaBute
2003 Timeline Richard Donner
2004 Alexander Oliver Stone
2005 Casanova Lasse Hallström
2006 The Black Dahlia Brian De Palma
Amazing Grace Michael Apted
2008 Defiance Edward Zwick
2009 Sherlock Holmes Guy Ritchie
2010 The King's Speech Tom Hooper
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Guy Ritchie
2012 Gambit Michael Hoffman
2015 Child 44 Daniel Espinosa
Mad Max: Fury Road George Miller
2016 A United Kingdom Amma Asante
A Cure for Wellness Gore Verbinski
2017 Life Daniel Espinosa
2018 Christopher Robin Marc Forster
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Lasse Hallström
Joe Johnston
2019 Mrs Lowry & Son Adrian Noble
2020 Dolittle Stephen Gaghan
2021 Cruella Craig Gillespie
2022 Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris Anthony Fabian Post-production
White Bird: A Wonder Story Marc Forster


Academy Awards[edit]

The Academy Awards has recognized Beavan's costume work ten times, with her winning the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for A Room with a View and Mad Max: Fury Road.[8]

Year Film Category Result
1984 The Bostonians Best Costume Design Nominated
1986 A Room with a View Won
1987 Maurice Nominated
1992 Howards End Nominated
1993 The Remains of the Day Nominated
1995 Sense and Sensibility Nominated
1999 Anna and the King Nominated
2001 Gosford Park Nominated
2010 The King's Speech Nominated
2015 Mad Max: Fury Road[9] Won


  1. ^ a b c d Dam, Julie K.L (6 March 2000). "Fit for a King". People. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b Stewart, Victoria (21 June 2010). "Jenny Beavan explains how to succeed as a costume designer". Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Macdonald, Moira (19 February 2011). "'King's Speech' costume designer Jenny Beavan brings history to life". Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Jenny Beavan". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  5. ^ "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2016. p. N10.
  6. ^ New Year Honours 2017: Olympic heroes and entertainers recognised. BBC News, 30 December 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  7. ^ Reader, Jane (8 July 2018). "Strictly judge Dame Darcey honoured by Arts University Bournemouth". Bournemouth Echo. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Jenny Beavan". Archived from the original on 2014-09-19. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  9. ^ "88th Academy Awards". Retrieved January 14, 2016.

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