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Mother swapping Holloway for Hollywood after Oscars nomination for Les Miserables

PUBLISHED: 07:09 21 February 2013

Bafta winning set designer Anna Lynch-Robison with family, Luke and Joe Gottlieb, 13, and Eadie Gottlieb, 19 months. Picture: Dieter Perry

Bafta winning set designer Anna Lynch-Robison with family, Luke and Joe Gottlieb, 13, and Eadie Gottlieb, 19 months. Picture: Dieter Perry

Dieter Perry

She is more used to strolling along Holloway Road and scouring second-hand furniture stores on the hunt for props.

But this weekend Anna Lynch-Robinson will walk along the red carpet instead, as she swaps Holloway for Hollywood and takes her place at the Oscars alongside the likes of Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.

The Upper Holloway mother, who lives in Marlborough Road, jets off to Los Angeles today – and come Sunday night she could have her hands on an Academy Award in the “best production design” category.

Like Jackman and Hathaway, who are both up for acting gongs, she is nominated for her work on smash musical Les Misérables, for which she was set decorator.

And Oscars victory would cap a whirlwind month, after she landed a Bafta in the same category earlier this month.

The 40-year-old, who lives with her production designer husband Max Gottlieb and daughter Eadie, 19 months, said: “It’s very exciting! It’s a huge privilege and a huge honour.

“It’s really weird, it’s like it’s happening to somebody else. Going to Hollywood and being involved in Hollywood – you just pinch yourself.

“I’ve been working for 20 years, I can’t believe I got here because I never thought I would. When I think about how there aren’t actually all that many nominees, that’s when it gets terrifying and I think I’m going to be sick!”

Ms Lynch-Robinson shares her nomination with set designer Eve Stewart. She insists they are unlikely to win, citing strong competition from the likes of Lincoln and Anna Karenina.

But if the Bafta’s are anything to go by, where they bested both films along with Life of Pi, another contender, the duo could be forgiven for having an acceptance speech at the ready.

“Honestly, I was truly, truly amazed,” she said of the Bafta win. The Islington resident of eight years is now working on a new Muppets film and has a string of high-profile credits to her name, including Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Revolver and An Education.

Describing her day-to-day work, she said: “I work very closely with the designer, Eve – she’s my boss. I’m responsible for translating her designs and creating a whole world, a believable world that the characters can live in.

“I have to find everything from the wallpaper to tiny elements like light switches. We go in two or three days ahead of the film crew and get everything ready.

“There are some great shops in Holloway Road, which as buyers we all go to.

“There are some lovely shops with good second hand stuff, like D&A Binder [a furniture store]. Although I didn’t use them for Les Mes sadly – that was quite specific!”


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