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Rachel Portman

Rachel Portman was born on December 11, 1960 in Haslemere, Surrey, England as Rachel Mary Berkeley Portman. She is known for her work on Chocolat (2000), The Cider House Rules (1999) and One Day (2011). She has been married to Uberto Pasolini since 1995. They have three children. See full bio »
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 2016 Race
 2015 Bessie (TV Movie)
 2013 Belle
 2013/I Still Life
 2013/I Paradise
 2012 Bel Ami
 2012 The Vow
 2011 One Day
 2011 His Way (TV Movie documentary)
 2010 Über die Anden bis ans Ende der Welt (TV Movie documentary)
 2009 Grey Gardens (TV Movie)
 2008 The Duchess
 2006 Infamous
 2006 The Lake House (music by)
 2006 It's a Happy Movie: The Children's Making-of (Video documentary short)
 2006 Twist by Polanski (Video documentary short)
 2005 Oliver Twist
 2005 Define Normal (TV Series documentary short)
 2004 Lard (Short)
 2003 The Truth About 'The Truth About Charlie' (Video documentary short)
 2002 Hart's War
 2000 Chocolat
 1999 Ratcatcher
 1998 Beloved
 1998 Home Fries
 1996 Marvin's Room
 1996 Emma
 1995 Palookaville
 1995 Smoke
 1994 Only You
 1990-1994 Screen Two (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Flea Bites (1992)
 1993 Sirens
 1993 Friends
 1993 Benny & Joon
 1993 Ethan Frome
 1992 Used People
 1992 Mr. Wakefield's Crusade (TV Series)
 1992 Elizabeth R (TV Movie documentary)
 1992 The Cloning of Joanna May (TV Movie)
 1991 The Storyteller: Greek Myths (TV Mini-Series) (4 episodes)
 1990 The Widowmaker (TV Movie)
 1990 Life Is Sweet
 1987-1990 Screenplay (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Antonia and Jane (1990)
- Loving Hazel (1989)
 1990 Shoot to Kill (TV Movie)
 1990 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (TV Mini-Series) (3 episodes)
- Episode #1.3 (1990)
- Episode #1.2 (1990)
- Episode #1.1 (1990)
 1989 Living with Dinosaurs (TV Movie)
 1989 Precious Bane (TV Movie)
 1989 The Woman in Black (TV Movie) (music composed by)
 1989 Nice Work (TV Mini-Series) (4 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (1989)
- Episode #1.3 (1989)
- Episode #1.2 (1989)
- Episode #1.1 (1989)
 1989 The Jim Henson Hour (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Monster Maker (1989)
 1988 The Short & Curlies (TV Short)
 1987-1988 The Storyteller (TV Series) (9 episodes)
- The True Bride (1988)
- Sapsorrow (1988)
- The Three Ravens (1988)
 1987 90 Degrees South (Documentary)
 1987 The Falklands War: The Untold Story (TV Movie documentary)
 1987 1914 All Out (TV Movie)
 1986 A Little Princess (TV Mini-Series)
 1986 Good as Gold (TV Movie)
 1984 Last Day of Summer (TV Movie)
 1984 Four Days in July (TV Movie)
 1984 Sharma and Beyond (TV Movie)
 1984 Reflections
 1982 Privileged
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Composed the music to a successful student film, Privileged (1982), which starred fellow Oxford student Hugh Grant. See more »


Her film scores, usually dominant in strings and wind instruments, often have a lilting, almost magical quality to them. This style is most prominent in the films, Used People (1992), Emma (1996), Benny & Joon (1993) & Chocolat (2000).

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