Donald James Mowat is one of the film industry’s most sought-after make-up artists. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec Canada, to British parents Thomas Mowat and Flora MacDonald, he has served as make-up designer/ makeup department head on such films as Damien Chazelle’s “First Man,” Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049,” “Sicario,” “Prisoners” as well as “8 Mile,” “The Fighter,” and personal make-up artist to Daniel Craig on “Spectre,” and “Skyfall.”
Upcoming projects include Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated “Dune” that will release in 2021 where Mowat was makeup, hair and prosthetics designer/department head.
With a career that spans over 30 years, Mowat is a longtime member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, IATSE Hollywood Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild and BECTU UK.
Mowat has received numerous award nominations for his works. Most recently, he was recognized for his work in Blade Runner 2049 in 2018 with both BAFTA and MUAHS Guild Award nominations.
His other honors include a BAFTA nomination and MUAHS Guild Award win for Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” in 2017. Saturn and MUAHS Artisan Award wins for “Prisoners” in 2014, and a Primetime Emmy Award win for Enchantment – Mark Twain and Me in 1992.
In December of 2018, Mowat was awarded with Canada’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers for his work with BAFTA-LA. In 2012, he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to the film industry and as a former Board Director of The Actors’ Fund of Canada 2008-2014.
An exemplary leader, educator and mentor through his many volunteer speaking engagements with aspiring entertainment professionals at Pixar University, CMU College of Makeup Art & Design, Toronto, The London College of Fashion, IMATS, BAFTA Scotland, Glasgow City College and BAFTA BFI London and Bolton University Manchester. He continues to volunteer and mentor in the U.K. Canada and the USA.
Mowat is represented at UTA.