Phil Leakey

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Philip Leakey (4 May 1908 in London, England – 26 November 1992) was a British make-up artist known chiefly for his work on Hammer films. In 1956 he became the first make-up designer ever to receive on-screen credit for "special" make-up effects for his "bold and innovative" work in X the Unknown.[1]

He provided Christopher Lee's celebrated makeup for Hammer's The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), whose "monster" had to be memorable and terrifying without infringing the copyright on Universal's earlier makeup, created by Jack Pierce for Boris Karloff.

Leakey created make-up for Dracula and The Revenge of Frankenstein (both 1958) before leaving Hammer, disgusted by the cost-cutting measure by Hammer's associate producer, Anthony Nelson Keys, of revoking his retainer. His assistant, Roy Ashton, took charge of Hammer make-up from then onwards.[2]


  1. ^ "Phil Leakey". The Times. London. 12 December 1992. 
  2. ^ Sachs & Wall, p. 40
  • Kinsey, Wayne (2002). Hammer Films: The Bray Studio Years. London: Reynolds & Hearn. ISBN 9781903111444. 
  • Sachs, Bruce; Wall, Russell (1999). Greasepaint and Gore: The Hammer Monsters of Roy Ashton. Tomahawk Press. ISBN 9780953192601. 

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