Jenny Beavan was born and brought up in London. Her parents were both classical musicians, Peter Beavan and Molly Panter. There was no television and a creative, alternative environment was probably the start of her career!
She studied Theatre Design at the Central School of Art and Design with Ralph Koltai and always thought her future was in set design. Nick Young, a childhood friend, introduced her to Ismail Merchant and James Ivory at Merchant Ivory Productions, as a costume designer not a set designer. She designed costumes for 9 films with Merchant Ivory, many with her frequent collaborator John Bright of Cosprop.
Meeting and working with George Miller expanded her repertoire and “peoples perceptions”, and since ‘Mad Max Fury Road’ she has worked on many different films including 'A Cure For Wellness', ‘Life' and ‘Cruella'.
Recent work includes 'Mrs Harris goes to Paris', 'White Bird' and ‘Furiosa’. She has a daughter, Caitlin Albery Beavan, a theatre and film producer.