Adrian Johnston, born 1961 in Cumbria, England, is an Emmy Award- and BAFTA- winning British musician and composer for film and TV.
Johnston attended Edinburgh University, reading English. He has been a drummer in various bands including The Waterboys and The Mike Flowers Pops. During his twenties, he travelled the world providing music accompaniment to silent films at film festivals. He later scored productions for the Royal National Theater and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Johnston's score for Charles Sturridge's mini-series Shackleton won a prime-time Emmy. In 2009 he scored the British science-fiction procedural TV series Paradox.
Johnston's first film score was for the 1996 Thomas Hardy adaptation Jude. He has also composed original scores for the 2007 film about Jane Austen, Becoming Jane, and the 2008 adaption of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited. In 2008, he was awarded a BAFTA for the score of the BBC film Capturing Mary.
He has also recently composed the theme music for the BBC detective series Zen and WWII Drama The Sinking of the Lusitania
Johnston currently resides in London and Samois-sur-Seine.
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