A FORMER Carisbrooke High School student has achieved global success as a make-up artist — winning a BAFTA and an Oscar for her work on the acclaimed Second World War film, Darkest Hour.

Lucy Sibbick, 35, was one of the artists who transformed Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill, together with colleagues David Malinowski and Kazuhiro Tsuji.

The film won an incredible 42 awards, including the best actor BAFTA and Oscar for Gary Oldman and the Artisan Award for best make-up at the Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards.

Lucy, who grew up on the Island and now lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire, said she was delighted to join fellow Isle of Wight Oscar winners Anthony Minghella and Jeremy Irons in the history books.

"It's amazing. It's like winning the lottery," she said.

"We didn't think all our names would be on the BAFTA because it's really unusual to include the whole team, but because David and I had so much input into Gary's make-up and it was so central to the film, we were all on it. It was Gary's wife who texted me to say I'd been nominated. She said: 'Lucy Sibbick, Bafta nominee sounds pretty good.' I've always avoided public speaking and I thought, oh my god, I'm going to have to go to these awards.

"After that it went crazy, it all happened so quickly. We went to LA for the Guild Awards and the Oscars, which was an incredible experience. It's like a military operation, I think there are more people working behind the scenes than at the actual ceremony."

Lucy, who chatted with stars including Frances McDormand, who won the best actress Oscar for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Star Trek and X-Men actor Patrick Stewart, added: "It was just nice to be there with so many people who work really hard and put everything into what they do."

After leaving the Island to study fine art at Liverpool John Moores University, Lucy started working as a make-up artist via a slightly unusual route — the Channel 4 soap, Hollyoaks.

A fan of the show, she wrote asking for work experience and enjoyed it so much she stayed, working odd days while studying make-up design at a local college.

"I thought that if I enjoyed painting, maybe I would enjoy painting people's faces," said Lucy, who moved to LA to complete a three month course before returning to the UK where she honed her skills on television shows including Holby City and Casualty 1906.

Her film credits include the David Cronenberg film Eastern Promises, Zoolander 2 and the Brad Pitt zombie film World War Z, and she is currently working on the final series of Game of Thrones.

"Working on Darkest Hour was incredible in so many ways. The make-up was challenging and interesting, and I was able to work with some amazing people. It was a really stressful shoot as we were such a small team, but it paid off in the end," she said.

"Eventually I would like to lead my own make-up design projects. I'd love to work on a creature film."

Lucy, who wore black to the BAFTAs to show her support for the Time's Up and Me Too campaigns against sexism and harassment, said it was important women were recognised for their work.

"It's such a prevalent thing in our industry, I experience it all the time. It's a very male dominated industry. Part of what makes this special for me is that, in our business, women often don't get noticed in the way they should. Even when you contribute something to a conversation it's not acknowledged until a man next to you says it," she said.

"It does feel that women are more of a part of things now. They've always been there and and it's good to see that increased recognition."

Lucy's Oscar, BAFTA and other awards now sit on her mantlepiece — although she still can't quite believe they are hers.

She said: "It's a bit weird to see them up there, they almost don't look real. I might put them upstairs out of the way though, to stop me resting on my laurels!"