Glasgow-based composer goes from STV to Limitless possibilities

BAFTA-winning, Ivor Novello-nominated composer Paul Leonard-Morgan was responsible for the instantly recognisable theme tune to the STV News at Six – which he created at his Glasgow studio. The 37 year old has also composed music for shows such as Spooks and Silent Witness.

But now a Hollywood career beckons after composing the music for the big budget blockbuster Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper and Robert de Niro, which made its way to the top of the US box office chart when it was released.

Kent-born Paul said: “Imagine going into work on a Monday morning and being able to say: ‘I scored the number one box office.’

“Email was going off the hook yesterday from people in LA, people in London going ‘This is fantastic, it’s so cool!’”

He added: “Even to get asked to pitch against all the Hollywood guys was fantastic. Then to actually get it with a director like Neil, who did The Illusionist, it’s just a brilliant, brilliant buzz.”

Paul attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and has worked in the past with famous local bands including Mogwai, Snow Patrol, Belle and Sebastian, Texas and Isobel Campbell.

Now he’s receiving praise from the highest circles. Limitless star Bradley Cooper said of Morgan’s soundtrack: “It’s great. He did a great job.”

However, Paul has said that he won’t forget his TV roots. He added: “It’s just a really good laugh. I don’t care what people say about ‘Oh, it’s not cool doing TV things’.

“You’ve got those little motifs, and if you can do that in five seconds in a TV thing it’s going to make it a hell of a lot easier in a film score, when you’ve got a lot more time to expand on themes.”

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