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Edinburgh TV Festival 2023
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Martin Childs

Production Designer

Professional Bio

Martin Childs is a Production Designer with over forty years' experience in film and television. He has has won an Oscar and two Emmys (for seasons one and three of The Crown) from a total of 22 industry award nominations, including seven from BAFTA. 
A long-time collaborator with director John Madden, he was BAFTA nominated for his work on Mrs Brown and again the following year for Shakespeare in Love for which he won an Academy Award. They joined forces a third time for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Among other feature film credits, Martin has designed Philip Kaufman’s Quills (Academy Award and BAFTA nominations), The Hughes Brothers’ From Hell, M Night Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water, Mark Herman’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Madonna’s W/E, and Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes.
His move to television drama began with Tom Stoppard’s five-part adaptation of Parade’s End, for which he was BAFTA and RTS nominated. He went on to design, over the past nine years, all sixty episodes of the multi-award-winning Netflix series The Crown.
Martin has also designed a number of high-profile events for Prada, in London and Los Angeles, and most recently in New York for Miuccia Prada’s Met Gala after-party.
After training as an architect, he spent nine years in the BBC Design Department before joining the film industry as a supervising art director, working with Tim Harvey on three films by Kenneth Branagh, with Ken Adam on his Oscar-winning work for Nicholas Hytner’s The Madness of King George, and with Janet Paterson on Jane Campion’s The Portrait of a Lady