Jenny Beavan

Jenny Beavan
Born 1950 (age 6566)
London, England
Occupation costume designer
Years active 1978 — present
Spouse(s) Ian Albery
(m. ?–1985; 1 child)

Jenny Beavan (born 1950) is an English costume designer. She has won two Academy Awards, most recently in 2016 for Costume Design in Mad Max: Fury Road, and has been nominated an additional eight times. Beavan also received a Tony Award nomination for Best Costume Design for the play Private Lives. She won the 2016 BAFTA for Costume Design.

Early life

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.


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 Academy Award nominations.[3]

In 2016, Beavan won the BAFTA for Mad Max: Fury Road.[5]

Personal life

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.

Academy Award nominations

The Academy Awards has recognised 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.[6]

Selected filmography


  1. 1 2 3 4 Dam, Julie K.L (6 March 2000). "Fit for a King". People. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  2. 1 2 Stewart, Victoria (21 June 2010). "Jenny Beavan explains how to succeed as a costume designer". Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 Macdonald, Moira (19 February 2011). "'King's Speech' costume designer Jenny Beavan brings history to life". Seattle Times. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  4. "Jenny Beavan". British Film Institute. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  5. Report in the Daily Mail, 14 February 2016. Accessed 14 February 2016
  6. "Jenny Beavan". Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  7. "88th Academy Awards". Retrieved January 14, 2016.

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