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Peter King (born 1955), also known as Peter Swords King, is a British Oscar-winning makeup artist who won at the 2003 Academy Awards for Best Makeup for the film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. He shared the award with filmmaker Richard Taylor.[1] He was nominated again at the 2012 Academy Awards for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.[2]

Peter King
Peter Swords King

1955 (age 63–64)
OccupationMakeup artist
Years active1982–Present

Besides bringing movie characters to life by way of make-up and hairstyling, Peter King, for the 13 dwarves in the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, had to work on 1,000 drawings before finalizing down to a single image. "We make the prosthetics, wigs, beards and then do a show-and-tell for each character in the film", was the remark made by Peter about his work. He is credited for his exemplary work of immortalizing characters like the King Kong and Marquis de Sade on celluloid.[3]

His other movies include Quills, Thunderbirds Little Voice, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband and The Avengers.[vague][3][4][5]

King has also won several BAFTA Awards. He has worked on nearly 40 films since 1982.

King is artistic director at Bath Academy of Media Makeup, which is a private school for makeup artistry within media and fashion.


  1. ^ "2003 Academy Awards Winners". Retrieved 2014-02-24.
  2. ^ "85th Academy Awards Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2014-02-24.
  3. ^ a b "Peter Swords King nominated for Oscar and Bafta award". Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Peter King workout, age, pictures & latest twitter comments". Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Using make-up to inspire hope". Archived from the original on 7 October 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2014. |first= missing |last= (help)

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