Film Industry Role: Composer
Major Works: Billy Elliot (Stephen Daldry, 2000), Shakespeare in Love (John Madden, 1998), The Hollow Crown (TV series, 2012)
Major Awards and Nominations: Oscar winner for Best Music (1999), BAFTA Award nominee (1992, 1995, 1999, 2001) and winner for Best Original Television Music (2013)
Stephen Warbeck began studying piano and composing at the age of four. His parents were keen amateur musicians who encouraged Stephen to pursue his musical talents. By his mid-teens, Stephen developed an affinity for rock 'n' roll as well as for theatre. He studied Drama and French at Bristol University, and began his career at the Theatre Royal, as a musician and actor.
After eight years of working as a composer and performer for the stage, Stephen began writing music for film and television. Since the early 1980s, he has built up a considerable filmography with up to one hundred credits.
He has scored many feature films including “Proof” (John Madden, 2005), “Quills” (Philip Kaufman, 2000), “Billy Elliot” (Stephen Daldry, 2000), “Mon Roi” (Maïwenn, 2015) and “Shakespeare in Love” (John Madden, 1998), which earned him an Academy Award and several nominations for Best Music.
And has scored many television series, such as “Screen Two” (1985), “Prime Suspect” (1991) and “The Hollow Crown” (2012), for which he won a BAFTA Award for Best Original Television Music.
In addition to composing for film and television, Stephen has written music for numerous radio plays, and is a founder member of the anarchic pub band The hKippers. He has his own ensemble and another small band called The Metropolitan Water Board.
His latest works were the British productions The Winter Butterfly, directed by Marcus Tozini, and Timeless Eye (Edilberto Restino), to premiere in 2018.