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Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer has scored over 100 films, grossing more than 13 billion dollars at the box office worldwide.

Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer has scored over 100 films, grossing more than 13 billion dollars at the box office worldwide. He has been honored with an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, and three Grammy’s. In 2003, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers presented him the prestigious Henry Mancini award for Lifetime Achievement for his impressive and influential body of work.

Hans’ interest in music began early, and after a move from Germany to the U.K., would lead to playing with and producing various bands, including The Buggles, whose “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first music video to ever appear on MTV. But the world of film music was what Hans really wanted to be involved with. Not long after meeting established film composer Stanley Myers, the two founded the London-based Lillie Yard Recording Studios together, collaborating on such films as My Beautiful Laundrette.

It was Hans’ solo work in 1988’s A World Apart, however, that gained the attention of director Barry Levinson, who then asked Hans to score Rain Man, Hans’ first American film. Levinson’s instinct was right – the score’s Oscar nomination that followed would be the first of seven.

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Emily Blunt

Emily's career has gone from strength to strength since she left Hurtwood in 2001.

Emily Blunt

Emily's career has gone from strength to strength since she left Hurtwood in 2001. She was signed up with agent Ken Mcreddie after we invited him to see her in a show written by another ex-student, Paul Sellar (Hurtwood 1986).  

Within months, she was sharing the stage with Dame Judi Dench in The Royal Family, directed by Trevor Nunn, before breaking into film with her role as Tamsin in the 2004 British movie My Summer of Love, for which she shared an Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer with co-star Nathalie Press.

In 2005 she co-starred with Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson in the British TV drama Gideon's Daughter, for which she won a Golden Globe,  before going on to star opposite Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in the box-office success The Devil Wears Prada, for which she earned a BAFTA nomination.

Her career continued with the title role in Young Victoria, The Sunshine Cleaning and the re-make of 'The Wolfman' starring alongside Benecio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins. Other credits now include Curiosity, Gulliver's Travels, voicing Angelina's mother in the TV series Angelina Ballerina, The Adjustment Bureau, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (alongside fellow ex-Hurtwood actor Tom Mison), The five-Year Engagement, Looper, The Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise, All You Need Is Kill, and a treasured guest spot with The Muppets. She also features as the Baker’s Wife in the film adaptation of Sondheim’s Into the Woods.

She is also the ambassadress of the new Yves Saint Laurent fragrance, Opium.