When Sean started on Poldark, it took make-up designer Pippa Woods two hours to create Tholly’s look every day, but now they have it down to a considerably less daunting 60 minutes.
‘In Winston Graham’s books, there’s a wonderful line which says Tholly’s scar makes ross’s scar look like a cat scratch so Pippa went to town on that and the make-up is amazing,’ says Sean. ‘Pippa uses three prosthetics on my face to create the template of one long scar and then adds little bits of dried fish skin – a product which is used to make skin look as if it’s died – to pull the eye down. Then Pippa adds another scar on top of it. At the end of the day, it takes between 30-45 minutes to take it all off.’
Something fishy’s going on in make-up as… …a huge fake scar is applied to a smiling Sean… …to make him look every inch the buccaneer!