|Born||6 April 1953|
|Origin||Birkenshaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland|
Patrick Doyle (born 6 April 1953) is a Scottish film composer. A longtime collaborator of actor-director Kenneth Branagh, Doyle is known for his work composing for films such Henry V (1989), Sense and Sensibility (1995), Hamlet (1996), and Gosford Park (2001), as well as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Eragon (2006), Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Thor (both 2011). Doyle has been nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.
Life and career
Doyle joined the Renaissance Theatre Company in 1987 as composer and musical director composing for plays such as Hamlet, As You Like It, and Look Back in Anger. Doyle's film score debut occurred in 1989 when actor/director Kenneth Branagh commissioned Doyle to compose a score for the Renaissance Film's production of Henry V. The song "Non Nobis, Domine" from the film was subsequently awarded the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme. He has since composed for nine Kenneth Branagh films including Dead Again (1991), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), Hamlet (1996), Love's Labour's Lost (2000), As You Like It (2006), Sleuth (2007), and Thor (2011).
In October 1997, shortly after composing for Great Expectations, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Doyle was diagnosed with leukemia. He managed to complete his work for the animated fantasy Quest for Camelot (1998) in hospital whilst undergoing treatment. Doyle made a full recovery.
In 1998 Patrick Doyle’s Music from the Movies concert, in aid of Leukaemia Research UK was staged at the Royal Albert Hall. It was directed by Kenneth Branagh and included appearances from Emma Thompson, Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Judi Dench, Alan Rickman, Imelda Staunton, Richard E. Grant, Adrian Lester, and Robbie Coltrane.
He has composed a series of classical works outside of films that include "The Thistle and the Rose", commissioned in 1990 by Prince Charles in honor of the 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (the mother of Queen Elizabeth II); the violin romance "Corarsik", written for Emma Thompson's birthday and named after the family's cottage in Scotland; the album "Impressions of America: A Suite for Orchestra"; and the symphonic tone poem "Tam O Shanter", commissioned by the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust.
Doyle has recently completed the scores for Marvel Studios Thor (2011) and the 20th Century Fox film Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011). He worked on the Pixar film Brave (2012), directed by Mark Andrews, and will be working on the Sovereign Films film Effie directed by Richard Laxton.
|Academy Award||1995||Sense and Sensibility||Best Original Score||Nominated|
|1996||Hamlet||Best Original Score||Nominated|
|BAFTA Award||1995||Sense and Sensibility||Best Film Music||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||1991||Dead Again||Best Original Score||Nominated|
|1995||Sense and Sensibility||Best Original Score||Nominated|
|Satellite Award||1996||Hamlet||Best Original Score||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||1994||Frankenstein||Best Music||Nominated|
|2005||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||Best Music||Nominated|
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