John Murphy

Composer of BBC’s Les Misérables

Source: Charlotte Murphy and Tyler Barton

Source: Charlotte Murphy and Tyler Barton

John Murphy is a prominent British film composer from Liverpool, England. He is a self-taught multi-instrumental musician who began his career in the 1980s, working notably with The Lotus Eaters, Thomas Lang, Gary Wall and Claudia Brücken. Murphy began composing music for films in the early 1990s and scored his first hit with Leon the Pig Farmer. Together with former OMD member David Hughes, he worked on several successful British movies, enjoying particular success with the soundtrack to Guy Ritchie’s 1998 film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Since 2000's Snatch and Shooters, Murphy has been mainly based in Los Angeles. His successes include City by the Sea and Danny Boyle's box-office success 28 Days Later and its sequel 28 Weeks Later. He also collaborated with Underworld to score Danny Boyle's science fiction film, Sunshine. In 2006, Murphy composed the score for Michael Mann's Miami Vice. In 2009, he composed the music for the 2009 remake of the 1972 film The Last House on the Left, followed by 2010's Kick-Ass, based on the comic book of the same name. Murphy has composed and produced music for commercials, including campaigns for Reebok, Nike and Apple.

Murphy’s music for film has garnered many honors including the Silver Award (1st Prize) at Cannes Film Festival, a British D&AD Award, and a BMI Award. He has been nominated for an Ivor Novello, an RTS Award, and the BRIT Award for Best Soundtrack.

Most recently, Murphy has completed an original score for BBC’s non-musical series adaptation of Victor Hugo’s iconic Les Misérables spearheaded by Andrew Davies and Tom Shankland.


Watch the trailer for Les Misérables.


This episode of The Pop Disciple Podcast is hosted by Paul Goldowitz.

Production, Editing, Mixing, Mastering | Paul Goldowitz
Select Cues and Songs Throughout Episode | John Murphy
The Pop Disciple Podcast Theme and Outro Music | Paul Goldowitz

Special thanks to John Murphy and White Bear PR.