Rachel Portman is an English composer who was born is Haslemere town in England. Her parents were Berkeley Charles Berkeley Portman and Sheila Margaret Penelope Portman. She got married to Count Uberto Pasolini Dall'Onda on 25 February 1995. She has three children named Niky Joan, Anna Gwendolen, and Giulia Ginevra. She began to compose at a very young age of 14 years as she became interested in music. She pursued her education at Charterhouse School situated in Godalming. She studied music at Worcester College at Oxford University after finishing her school. While in college, she started writing music for student theatre and film productions and explored her interest by experimenting them. She started off with her career by writing music for Channel 4 and BBC films like “Four Days In July” directed by Mike Leigh and Jim Henson's Storyteller series and “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit”. She is best known to deliver the best film score. She wrote about 100 scores for theatre, television, and films like Manchurian Candidate directed by Jonathan Demme, Hart’s War by Greg Hoblit, Oliver Twist directed by Roman Polanski, The Legend of Bagger Vance directed by
, Beloved by Jonathan Demme, Benny and Joon directed by Jeremiah Chechik, etc.
She gave the performance in the movies The Cider House Rules and Chocolat, which are her all time best soundtrack compositions. Talking about her achievements, she became the first woman composer to win an Academy Award for Best Musical or Comedy Score in the year 1996 for Emma. She also got nominated for the Academy Awards in the year 1999 and 2000 for “The Cider House Rules” and “Chocolat” respectively. In the year 2010, she became the first female to win Richard Kirk Award at the Broadcast Music, Inc. Film & TV Awards. Also, in the same year, she received the New Year Honor of being appointed as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). She got the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special for her work on Bessie in the year 2015.