Beverley Watson

From Ayrshire to a galaxy far, far away

David Milloy

Although Maybole lass, Beverley Watson, comes from a family that’s no stranger to the performing arts – her father was the lead singer in a rockabilly band – it’s fair to say that she probably never expected to embark on a career that would see her work on both sides of the camera and appear in a Star Wars-related TV series. Indeed, Beverley’s first jobs after leaving school were in the administration and hospitality sectors, far removed from the lights and greasepaint of films, TV and theatre.

This changed in 2010, when Beverley learned that Kilwinning College offered a course in film and theatre make-up. Her curiosity well and truly piqued, she enrolled on the course and graduated with a HND in 2014. From there, she started up her own business, working as a make-up artist in the bridal sector as well as in-store and at commercial photoshoots.

Having gained her acting spurs with the Loudon Musical Society, where she also served as a make-up artist, Beverley was keen to expand her horizons. Her chance came when she entered the Miss Pin-Up Scotland contest in 2015. That she made the final was less important than the contacts she made along the way, one of whom thereafter suggested that she audition for the Outlander TV series.

This led to Beverley appearing on screen in two episodes of the series and being taken on as a trainee make-up artist. In this latter capacity, she worked on River City and the 2018 film Outlaw King, and in between times also appeared on screen in Trainspotting 2.

Motherhood and lockdown interrupted Beverley’s career, but she thereafter returned to the screen in the Netflix TV series The Rig and and in the Andor TV series, set in the Star Wars universe. Beverley jokes that she got the latter part because the producers were looking for people with red hair to play members of a nomadic tribe! Moreover, like all the other characters in Andor, she was given a full-body scan so that her likeness could be used in a computer game based on the series.

Andor marked the end, for now at least, of Beverley’s work in films and TV. As she explains, “I loved working in the industry but it involved too much time away from home. My daughter comes first in my life, so I decided to return to work that was more compatible with family life.”

Beverley now has what some would call a portfolio career. She not only has returned to working as a bridal make-up artist but also runs classes in meditation and healing, and she plans to extend her portfolio further by offering holistic make-up services. And, who knows, maybe someday she’ll return to the world of acting.