Jill Blundell Head of Costume

Jill Blundell

Head of Costume


Biography

Jill holds a BA Honours degree in Fashion and Textiles (John Moore’s University), studied Wardrobe at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has spent over 25 years working in the Film and Television Industry.

Jill began her career cutting patterns, making costumes and dressing in Repertory Theatres and then worked as a dresser and then supervisor for TVS in Southampton on numerous programmes including sitcoms, live comedy shows, long running drama series including The Ruth Rendell Mysteries and large Light Entertainment shows such as Summertime Special.

She was Head of Costume at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School for eight years and then ran the workroom at Bristol Costume Services for two years before going freelance where she mostly worked on set for television companies, working as a stand by on set to supervising productions and Designing Dramas for Independent Television and the BBC, as well as working in many Film and TV costume workrooms.

Jill returned as Head of Costume in 2017 and uses her experience and industry contacts to nurture and guide the students and see them through to successfully gaining employment in the Industry.

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice