Ben Foster

Ben Foster – Composer Profile

Ben Foster is a four-times BAFTA-nominated composer with extensive credits in major productions across a variety of genres.

Lauded for his distinctive and emotive voice, and strong melodic instincts, he has become known for producing powerful and character-driven soundtracks, ranging from intimate textural sound-worlds to full-scale orchestral scores.

Ben recently worked with David Arnold on Amazon/ BBC One’s hugely acclaimed Good Omensproviding additional music for the series, and arranged the songs of Elton John for Dexter Fletcher’s film Rocketman, working with frequent collaborator, producer Giles Martin. 

He has composed over 200 episodes of scripted television. His music can be heard on Sally Wainwright’s acclaimed series Happy Valley (BBC/Netflix), Our Girl (BBC One), three seasons of Good Karma Hospital (ITV), and 78 episodes of Thunderbirds Are Go (ITV/Pukeko) which he co-composed with his brother Nick Foster.

Previous major credits include three seasons of Russell T Davies’s cult BBC sci-fi show Torchwood, which earned him 3 BAFTA nominations for best original score, Hidden Kingdoms for the BBC Natural History Unit, for which he was nominated for an International Film Music Critics award, and Shirley for BBC2, starring Ruth Negga, which won a BAFTA for Best Television Drama.

Other television work includes current themes for Young Musician Of The Year, Question Time, Cardiff Singer of the World and Still Game, all for the BBC. 

Ben is highly regarded as an orchestral arranger and conductor, frequently working on projects with iconic artists such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Peter Gabriel, Michael Bublé, and with producers Giles Martin, Bill Ross and David Foster.

He has also worked extensively as an arranger and conductor for Film working with internationally renowned composers such as John Williams, Jóhann Jóhannson, Will Gregory, Mica Levi and Marc Streitenfeld. He also arranged and conducted the music for 110 episodes of Doctor Who.

Ben has conducted many of the major orchestras around the world, including London Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Big Band, performing at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, the Hollywood Bowl and Radio City Music Hall, NYC. He has also conducted at the BBC Proms on five occasions.

Ben is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, where he was awarded the Lutosławski prize for composition. He works from his studio at Air Lyndhurst in Hampstead, London.

Film and Television
THE GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL
(series 1-3)
Tiger Aspect / ITV
Directors: Bill Eagles, Lisa Clarke, Alex Winckler, Philip John, Jon Wright, John McKay
Producers: Stephen Smallwood, John Chapman, Jeremy Gwilt
Starring: Amanda Redman, James Floyd, Amrita Acharia, Neil Morrissey
THUNDERBIRDS ARE GOITV Studios / Amazon Studios
Directors: Multiple
Producer: Sharon Lark
**2017 Music+Sound Award Nomination – Best Original Composition**
**2016 BAFTA Award Nomination – Best Original Music**
GOOD OMENS
(additional music)
Amazon Studios
Director: Douglas Mackinnon
Producers: Tim Bradley, Phil Collinson, Josh Dynevor, Paul Frift
Starring: David Tennent, Michael Sheen
OUR GIRL
(series 1-4)
BBC Drama Productions
Directors: Multiple
Producers: Lizzie Rushbridger, Tim Whitby, Ken Horn, Eric Coulter
Starring: Michelle Keegan, Ben Aldridge
BOUNTY HUNTERSSky One
Director: William Sinclair
Producers: Charlie Leach, Pippa Brown
Starring: Jack Whitehall, Rosie Perez
SCOTT AND BAILEY
(series 1-5)
Red Production Company / BBC
Creators: Sally Wainwright, Diane Taylor
Producers: Juliet Charlesworth, Yvonne Francas
Starring: Suranna Jones, Lesley Sharp
HAPPY VALLEYRed Production Company / BBC
Directors: Sally Wainwright, Euros Lyn, Tim Fywell, Neasa Hardiman
Producers: Karen Lewis, Juliet Charlesworth
Starring: Sarah Lancashire
BANANARed Production Company / E4
Directors: Lewis Arnold, Al Mackay, Luke Snellin
Producer: Emily Feller
Starring: Fisayo Akinade, Freddie Fox
TOFURed Production Company / E4
Director: Benjamin Cook
Producer: Michaela Fereday
HIDDEN KINGDOMSBBC
Directors: Simon Bell, Gavin Maxwell, Verity White
Producers: Emma Jones, Simon Bell, Verity White
Starring: Stephen Fry
**2015 IFMCA Award Nomination – Best Original Score**
THE LAST WITCHRed Production Company / Sky Living
Director: Robin Sheppard
Producer: Karen Lewis
Starring: Anne Reid
NOBLEDestiny Films
Director: Stephen Bradley
Producer: Melanie Gore-Grimes
Starring: Deidre O’Kane, Sarah Greene, Brendan Coyle
LE PEUPLE MINIATUREBBC Earth
Directors: Gavin Maxwell, Verity White
Producer: Simon Bell
Starring: Stephen Fry, Cécile de France
DERREN BROWN: FEAR AND FAITHObjective Productions / Channel 4
Director: Simon Dinsell
Producer: Derren Brown
DERREN BROWN: APOCALYPSEChannel 4 Television Corp
Director: Simon Dinsell
Producer: Derren Brown
SHIRLEYProspect Cymru / BBC 2
Director: Colin Teague
Producer: Katherine Lannon
Starring: Ruth Negga, Lesley Sharp
GIRL NUMBER 9Elstree Film & Television Studios
Directors: James Moran, Dan Turner
Producers: Martin G. Baker, Pete Coogan
Starring: Gareth David-Lloyd, Tracy Ann Oberman
TORCHWOODBBC Wales
Creator: Russell T. Davis
Producers: Richard Stokes, Kelly A. Manners, Peter Bennett
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen
**2010 BAFTA Cymru Award Nomination – Best Original Music Soundtrack**
**2008 BAFTA Cymru Award Nomination – Best Original Music Soundtrack **
**2007 BAFTA Cymru Award Nomination – Best Original Music Soundtrack **
TORCHWOOD: INSIDE THE HUBBBC Worldwide Americas
Writers: Michiko Byers, Andrew Jackson
Producers: Michiko Byers, Peter Bennett
MIST: SHEEPDOG TALESBorough Valley / Five
Directors: David Kennard, Richard Overall
Producers: Lucie Wenigerová, David Kennard
Starring: Derek Jacobi, Mel Giedroyc
Orchestrating / Conducting / Arranging (selected)
MIDSOMMARB-Reel Films / A24
Director: Ari Aster
GOOD OMENSAmazon Studios
Director: Douglas Mackinnon
ROCKETMANMarv Films / Paramount Pictures
Director: Dexter Fletcher
JACKIEFox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Pablo Larraín
WIND RIVERAcacia Filmed Entertainment / Lionsgate
Director: Taylor Sheridan
POLTERGEISTTwentieth Century Fox
Director: Gil Kenan
DOCTOR WHO
(110 episodes)
BBC
Directors: Multiple
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHINGWorking Title Films / Focus Features
Director: James Marsh
FAR FROM MENOne World Films
Director: David Oelhoffen
PRISONERSAlcon Entertainment / Warner Bros
Director: Denis Villeneuve
PROMETHUESTwentieth Century Fox
Director: Ridley Scott
THE GREYOpen Road Films
Director: Joe Carnahan
INCENDIESMicro-scope / Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Denis Villeneuve
ROBIN HOODUniversal Pictures
Director: Ridley Scott