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Nott was educated at Eton College and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford where he studied Music and Philosophy, Politics and Economics and was the college organ scholar. After a few years working for Arthur Andersen Management Consultants in the City (now Accenture) and writing freelance for The Economist Group, he enrolled at the British National Film and Television School. There, he met the creator of the Wallace and Gromit series, Nick Park. They both received recognition for the work they did there, including Park's student film A Grand Day Out.
After leaving the National Film and Television School, Nott worked for a number of years as a documentary film-maker, making films for Channel Four Television and other broadcasters until he gradually switched to a career in television and film composing.
Nott has also directed and written one feature film of his own, a 2001 comedy entitled Weak at Denise.
In 2006, he won an Annie Award for his score on Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and an Ivor Novello Award in 2009 for the Wallace and Gromit film "A Matter of Loaf and Death". As a producer, he received a BAFTA nomination for the short film "Chicken" in 1990.
- Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom (TV series, 2009-2013)
- Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention (2010) (theme)
- A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008)
- Lark Rise to Candleford (TV series, 2008-2011)
- Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
- Peppa Pig (TV series, 2004)
- Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions (2002)
- Weak at Denise (2001)
- Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)
- Stage Fright (1997)
- Flatworld (1997)
- Reef Encounter (1996)
- A Close Shave (1995)
- Mutters Courage (1995)
- A Man of No Importance (1994)
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories (1993)
- Not Without My Handbag (1993)
- The Wrong Trousers (1993)
- Swords at Teatime (1992)
- A Grand Day Out (1989)
- Queen Sacrifice (film) (1988)