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John Murphy (composer) : biography

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John Murphy (born 4 March 1965) is an English film composer. 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 (singer) and Claudia Brücken.

Murphy is best known for composing the music for Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Michael Mann's Miami Vice, Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass, and the Danny Boyle films 28 Days Later, Millions, and Sunshine. His instrumental tracks "In the House – In a Heartbeat" and "Adagio in D Minor" have been featured in a variety of TV shows, commercials and film trailers.


Born in Liverpool, England, 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 1998's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Since 2000's Snatch and Shooters, Murphy has been mainly based in Los Angeles. He has produced several prominent and diverse successes, including 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.


Awards for his film music include the Silver Award (1st Prize) at Cannes, a British D & AD Award, and a BMI Award. He has been nominated for an Ivor Novello Award, an RTS Award, and the BRIT Award for Best Soundtrack. He has also composed and produced music for commercials, including campaigns for Reebok, Nike and Apple. Other excerpts from his scores have been released for advertising, in particular "In the House – In a Heartbeat" from 28 Days Later.

Selected filmography


  • Leon the Pig Farmer


  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • The Real Howard Spitz


  • Snatch


  • All About the Benjamins
  • City by the Sea
  • 28 Days Later
  • Friday After Next


  • Intermission


  • The Perfect Score
  • Millions


  • Guess Who
  • The Man


  • Basic Instinct 2
  • Miami Vice


  • Sunshine
  • 28 Weeks Later


  • The Last House on the Left
  • Armored


  • Kick-Ass


  • Battle for Haiti

Charting discography


Year Single Peak positions Film
2012 "In the House - In a Heartbeat 89 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later
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