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This noted theatrical designer has worked with a number of top troupes in the UK, including the Royal Shakespeare Company. Byrne first worked with Kenneth Branagh on his theatrical directing debut, "Life of Napoleon." She also forged a close collaboration with Roger Michell, designing several plays including Richard Nelson's "Some Americans Abroad," which transferred to Broadway in 1990.
Byrne has frequently worked on British TV productions, including "A Killing on the Exchange" and "The Most Beautiful Dress in the World." She designed the miniseries "The Buddha of Suburbia" (1993) and the TV-movie "Persuasion" (1995), both directed by Michell and both released theatrically in the USA. Byrne again reteamed with Branagh for his feature version of "Hamlet" (1996). For her 19th Century designs, she earned an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design. Two years later, Byrne again received plaudits for her period work in "Elizabeth" (1998).
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