Monster Makeup

Apparently, monsters wear makeup too… 25-year-old Helen Rowe, of St John’s, Worcester has worked for Millennium FX for more than four years and in that time has helped create some of the scariest aliens seen in Doctor Who.

Helen was lucky enough to meet Neill Gorton at a trade fair back in 2004, and found herself as part of his monster workshop after graduating – a logical progression for an interest in makeup and costume that runs back to seeing the music video for Michael Jackson’s classic 1980s hit Thriller.

“It was watching that film that made me want to have ago for myself, so in my final year for my GCSE art project I made a very ropey-looking zombie mask.

“After school I didn’t know whether it was something I could do for a living so I went to college and studied graphic design. Then I decided to give make-up another go and studies [sic] for an HND in theatrical and media make-up and costume.”

Most recently, Helen has worked on the next installment of the Harry Potter series.

“I worked my socks off in the silicone department producing various pieces, which was brilliant,” she said.

“I really enjoyed my time there and hope to go back sometime soon for the final film.”

Obviously a talented lady, I’m sure we’ll see more of her work in future. 


Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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