Composer, programmer and instrumentalist, Ruth Barrett has over the last ten years amassed an impressive number of cinema and drama credits including scores for Toast, BBC feature film starring Helena Bonham Carter, Wallander, BBC detective series starring Kenneth Brannagh and Harry Brown, British feature film starring Michael Caine.
Her most recent score was for Remember Me, a chilling BBC 3 parter starring Michael Palin and she is currently completing Jed Mercurio's groundbreaking new medical show Critical, starring Lenny James.
Prior to this she composed music for Legacy, a cold war spy thriller, the fourth and final series of Whitechapel starring Rupert Penryn-Jones and Hunted, an eight-part modern espionage thriller starring Melissa George, which aired on BBC1 and HBO Cinemax.
Ruth studied music at Cambridge University and composition at The Royal Academy of Music. She subsequently set up a music production company, Rubykon, with Ruskin Williamson, writing music predominantly for documentaries, commercials and theatre.
Ruth began to gain recognition in the film and TV drama world through her work with BAFTA-award winning composer Martin Phipps, notably her contributions to Martin's Ivor Novello award-winning scores for Twist (BBC Dickens drama) and The Virgin Queen (BBC series based on Elizabeth I). Ruth subsequently attracted solo commissions including True Dare Kiss (BBC drama series starring Paul Mcgann), Hancock and Joan (BBC drama starring Ken Stott) and Whitechapel (ITV crime drama series).
Ruth went on to score Wuthering Heights (ITV/ PBS Masterpiece drama series starring Tom Hardy), The Take (Martina Cole adaptation for Sky) and Married Single Other (romantic comedy series for Leftbank Pictures/ ITV starring Lucy Davis). She co-wrote the score for gritty British feature film Twenty8K with UK Producer Jake Gosling and continues to work with him, arranging strings for his album projects. She still collaborates with Martin Phipps and has co-written on the scores for Endgame (Channel 4 film), Harry Brown and episodes of The Shadow Line (BBC drama series and winner of the Ivor Novello Award for Best Television Soundtrack 2011).
She also worked with Martin on the final 3 episodes of the first series of Peaky Blinders
Ruth has written and recorded albums for EMI/ Strongroom Productions, most recently, Cinematic Voices, a choral album inspired by film soundtracks.