20 22 oct '22

Ruth Barrett

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Function: Composer WSAcademy: WSA Voting Member
Emmy Award-nominated composer Ruth Barrett has quickly become one of the most sought-after film and television composers in the UK. Her music is unmistakably original and eclectic, spanning feature films and high- end TV drama. Barrett scores NBC's crime/drama series Law & Order: Organized Crime, starring Christopher Meloni and Dylan McDermott; and ITV/PBS’s mini-series Sanditon, starring Rose Williams and Theo James. In television, Barrett has amassed over thirty scores in her twelve years of composing. Notable credits include ITV/PBS’ Victoria, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2017 in the Outstanding Music Composition for a Series category, starring Jenna Coleman; BBC One/Netflix’s Golden Globe-nominated drama series Bodyguard, starring Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes; BBC/Netflix’s Collateral, starring Carey Mulligan; BBC One’s Bloodlands, starring James Nesbitt; ITV/Hulu’s The Sister, starring Russell Tovey; ITV/PBS’ The Durrells, starring Keeley Hawes; BSkyB’s Critical, starring Lennie James; BBC’s Love Nina, starring Helen Bonham Carter and Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh; ITV/PBS’ Wuthering Heights, starring Tom Hardy; ITV/HBO Max’s Whitechapel, starring Rupert Peary-Jones; and more. Barrett’s film credits include Pete Travis’ City of Tiny Lights, starring Riz Ahmed and Billie Piper, and Legacy, starring Romola Garai; Daniel Barber’s Harry Brown, co-scored with Martin Phipps, starring Michael Caine; S.J.Clarkson’s Toast, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore; and the gritty Paul Abbott penned feature Twenty8k., co-directed by David Kew and Neil Thompson. Barrett studied composition at The Royal Academy of Music and read music at Cambridge University. She started her career composing for theatre and commercials before setting up a music production company, Rubykon, with composer and engineer Ruskin Williamson. Between them, they have scored numerous documentaries, ad campaigns and short films.

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