Michelle Burke

Academy Member

A native of Dublin, Michele emigrated to Canada and started her makeup career after working as a model and producing fashion shows. Realizing that her heart was in film rather than fashion, she offered herself as a makeup apprentice on three films. Since then Michele has proved to be one of the most versatile talents working worldwide today. The recipient of numerous professional awards, Michele is the winner of two Oscars for best makeup, for Dracula and Quest for Fire, and has been nominated a total of six times. Michele has also twice won the BAFTA for makeup as well as winning one Primetime Emmy Award for her work in Alien Nation.

Michele’s impressive movie resume includes some of the top films and stars of the last few years, most notably she has worked with actor Tom Cruise in films such as Oblivion, Rock of Ages, Knight and Day, Minority Report, Jerry Maguire, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Vanilla Sky. Other major films that she has worked on include Spanglish, As Good as it Gets and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

She has accomplished in all areas of makeup; design and application, beauty and fashion spreads for print media as well as her signature character, prosthetic, fantasy and period work in feature films and television.

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'Dracule' Academy Awards

1992

Awards & Recognition

The Cell
  • Academy Awards USA – Nominated – Best Makeup
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • Academy Awards USA – Nominated – Best Makeup
  • Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards – Nominated - Best Special Effects Makeup - Feature
  • Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards – Nominated - Best Period – Feature
The General's Daughter
  • Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards – Won - Best Contemporary Makeup - Feature
Interview with the Vampire
  • BAFTA Film Awards – Nominated - Best Make Up/Hair
Dracula
  • Academy Awards USA – Won– Best Makeup
  • BAFTA Film Awards – Nominated - Best Make Up Artist
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
  • Primetime Emmy Awards – Nominated - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series
Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Primetime Emmy Awards – Nominated - Outstanding Makeup for a Series
Alien Nation
  • Academy Awards USA – Nominated– Best Makeup
The Clan of the Cave Bear
  • Academy Awards USA – Nominated– Best Makeup
La Guerre du Feu
  • Academy Awards USA – Won– Best Makeup
  • BAFTA Film Awards – Nominated - Best Make Up Artist

Key Credits

  • Oblivion (2013)
  • Rock of Ages (2012)
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
  • There Be Dragons (2011)
  • Knight and Day (2010)
  • Tropic Thuner (2008)
  • Mission: Impossible III (2006)
  • Elizabethtown (2005)
  • Spanglish (2004)
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
  • Minority Report (2002)
  • Vanilla Sky (2001)
  • The Cell (2000)
  • Picking Up the Pieces (200)
  • The General's Daughter (1999)
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
  • Gloria (1999)
  • As Good as It Gets (1997)
  • Jerry Maguire (1996)
  • Some Mother's Son (1996)
  • Moll Flanders (1996)
  • Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
  • Color of Night (1994)
  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993)
  • Dracula (1992)
  • Alien Nation (1989)
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
  • The Quest for Fire (1981)

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