Composer, programmer and instrumentalist, Ruth Barrett has over the last ten years amassed an impressive number of cinema and drama credits including scores for Legacy, an intense BBC cold war drama from Dredd 3D Director Pete Travis, Toast, BBC feature film starring Helena Bonham Carter, Wallander, BBC detective series starring Kenneth Brannagh and Harry Brown, British feature film starring Michael Caine.
She most recently scored The Durrells, new ITV drama series starring Keely Hawes, City of Tiny Lights, a modern film noir set in London directed by Pete Travis and starring Riz Ahmed and Love Nina, BBC comedy series starring Helena Bonham Carter. She also worked on the score for Victoria, an epic drama series about the young life of the queen.
Other works have included Critical, Jed Mercurio's groundbreaking new medical show, starring Lenny James and Remember Me, a chilling BBC drama starring Michael Palin.
Prior to this she composed music for Whitechapel Series 4, starring Rupert Penryn-Jones and Hunted, an eight-part modern espionage thriller starring Melissa George, which aired on BBC1 and HBO Cinemax. Ruth has scored Wuthering Heights (ITV/ PBS Masterpiece drama series starring Tom Hardy), The Take (Martina Cole adaptation for Sky), Married Single Other (romantic comedy series for Leftbank Pictures/ ITV starring Lucy Davis) and Hancock and Joan (BBC drama starring Ken Stott). She co-wrote the score for gritty British feature film Twenty8K with UK Producer Jake Gosling and continues to work with him, arranging strings for his album projects. Ruth has worked extensively with BAFTA-award winning composer Martin Phipps, writing additional score for Twist (BBC Dickens drama) and The Virgin Queen (BBC series based on Elizabeth I). She has co-written on the scores for Endgame (Channel 4 film), Harry Brown and episodes of The Shadow Line (BBC drama series and winner of the Ivor Novello Award for Best Television Soundtrack 2011). She also worked with Martin on the first series of Peaky Blinders.
Ruth has written and recorded albums for EMI/ Strongroom Productions, most recently, Cinematic Voices, a choral album inspired by film soundtracks.
Ruth studied music at Cambridge University and composition at The Royal Academy of Music. She started out in the music industry by setting up a music production company, Rubykon, with Ruskin Williamson, writing music predominantly for documentaries, commercials and theatre.