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Julian Franklin Keith Nott (born 23 August 1960) is a British composer and conductor, mostly of animated films. His credits include Wallace and Gromit and Peppa Pig.


Nott was born in Marylebone, London, the son of Miloska Nott and John Nott; his sister is Sasha Swire. He was educated at Eton College and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where he studied Music and Philosophy, Politics and Economics and was the college organ scholar. After a few years working for Arthur Andersen Management Consultants in the City (now Accenture) and writing freelance for The Economist Group, he enrolled at the British National Film and Television School. There, he met the creator of the Wallace and Gromit franchise, Nick Park. They both received recognition for the work they did there, including Park's student film A Grand Day Out.

Nick Park originally had asked a different student to compose the soundtrack score for his graduation film, but ended up being too busy, so Julian was asked instead. Nick was several years ahead of him, though Julian agreed when the Head Of Animation walked into the student cafe which Julian was in and asked “is anybody interested in writing the music for Nick Park’s film?”. Julian wrote the theme of Wallace & Gromit, which was one of the last things he wrote for the film, and is the same theme to this day. the soundtrack was mostly made with brass instruments and keyboards.

After leaving the National Film and Television School, Nott worked for some years as a documentary film-maker, making films for Channel 4 and other broadcasters until he gradually switched to a career in television and film composing.

His credits include many dramas for BBC such as the popular Lark Rise to Candleford and ITV's The Vice.

Nott has also directed and written one feature film of his own, a 2001 comedy entitled Weak at Denise.

In 2006, he won an Annie Award for his score on Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and an Ivor Novello Award in 2009 for the Wallace and Gromit film A Matter of Loaf and Death. As a producer, he received a BAFTA nomination for the short film "Chicken" in 1990.

Nott is a director of the Performing Right Society and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society.

Selected filmography[]


Year Title Director(s) Notes
1988 Rarg Tony Collingwood Thanks
Queen Sacrifice Julian Richards Short film
Water's Edge Suri Krishnamma
1989 A Grand Day Out Nick Park
Perfect Image? Maureen Blackwood
The Hill Farm Mark Baker
The Child Eater Jonathan Tammuz
The Candy Show Peter Hewitt
1990 Lorna Doone Andrew Grieve TV movie
1992 Swords at Teatime David Freeman Short film
Springing Lenin Andrey Nekrasov Music arranger
1993 The Wrong Trousers Nick Park Short film
Not Without My Handbag Boris Kossmehl
The Village Mark Baker
The World of Eric Carle Andrew Goff
1994 Les quatre lieutenants français Patrick Jeudy Documentary
A Man of No Importance Suri Krishnamma
1995 My Mother's Courage [de] Michael Verhoeven
A Close Shave Nick Park Short film
1996 Reef Encounter Unknown
1997 Flatworld Daniel Greaves Short film
Stage Fright Steve Box
The Place of the Dead Suri Krishnamma TV movie
1998 T.R.A.N.S.I.T. Piet Kroon Short film
1999 Weak at Denise Julian Nott Also director, co-writer and producer
Jolly Roger Mark Baker Short film
2000 Thomas and the Magic Railroad Britt Allcroft Additional music
New Year's Day Suri Krishnamma
2001 Christmas Carol: The Movie Jimmy T. Murakami
Gentlemen's Relish Douglas Mackinnon TV movie
2002 War Game Dave Unwin Short film
2003 Gifted Douglas Mackinnon TV movie
2005 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Nick Park and Steve Box With various others
2006 Shoot the Messenger Ngozi Onwurah
Anna and the Moods Gunnar Karlsson Short film
2007 Confessions of a Diary Secretary Andy Wilson TV movie
Heavy Petting Marcel Sarmiento
2008 A Matter of Loaf and Death Nick Park Short film
2009 Ingenious Brian Kelly TV movie
2011 The Decoy Bride Sheree Folkson
2012 Jubilee Bunt-a-thon Nick Park Short film
2014 On Angel Wings Dave Unwin
The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm Sandy Johnson TV movie
2015 A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman Richard Mears and Merlin Crossingham Documentary, appears as himself


Year Title Notes
1984–1995 Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Music arranger (13 episodes), additional music (2 episodes)
1991–1994 Equinox TV documentary, director
1996 Tales from the Crypt 1 episode ("Confession")
1997–1998 The Grand
1997 Original Sin Mini-series
1998 A Respectable Trade
Out of Hours
The Grand Theme music
1999 The Vice 6 episodes
The Wonderful World of Disney 1 episode ("H-E Double Hockey Sticks")
1999–2000 Sunburn
2001 The Cazalets 3 episodes
2002 Outside the Rules
Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions
2003 Death in Holy Orders Mini-series
2004–present Peppa Pig
2008–2011 Lark Rise to Candleford
2009–2014 Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom
2010 Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention
2011 The Royal Bodyguard
2012 Wallace & Gromit's Musical Marvels
2014 Bing
2015 Britain's Got Talent 1 episode ("2015: Live Semi-Final 4")
2018 Rick and Rat go to Thailand Director
2019 Ink Rookies Documentary series, producer
Three Chords TV documentary, director and producer
Dick in Ibiza Mini-series, writer
Chained Attraction Executive producer
Meet Puppets Director (2 episodes), executive producer (4 episodes)
2020 The Compendium of Shitty Men Mini-series, writer and executive producer
Student Cooking Challenge Executive producer
Infatuation - Island of Love
2021 Liars Director (1 episode)


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External links[]

  • Julian Nott at IMDb
Awards for Julian Nott
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