Adrian’s first film score was for Michael Winterbottom’s 1996 adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Jude. Subsequent film credits include Ecosse Films’ Becoming Jane (2007), a biographical romantic drama about the young Jane Austen, and their adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited (2008). Both of these were directed by Julian Jarrold, a frequent collaborator.

Recent television credits include the highly acclaimed Anglo-Japanese co-production Giri/Haji, the BBC’s Responsible Child (2019) and the BBC’s adaptations of the Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) Strike novels (2017-20).  

Adrian has worked on all of Stephen Poliakoff’s acclaimed dramas for the BBC including, most recently Summer of Rockets (2019), but also Shooting the Past (1999), Perfect Strangers (2003), Friends and Crocodiles (2007), Dancing on the Edge (2013) and Capturing Mary (2007) for which Adrian won a BAFTA award.  

Other awards include an Emmy for his score for Charles Sturridge’s  mini-series Shackleton (2002), an RTS Award (2011) for the BBC detective series Zen, and another RTS for his work on three series of the Anglo-French crime drama The Tunnel (2014-18).

Born in Cumbria, Adrian read English at the University of Edinburgh. He was a drummer invarious bands including The Waterboys, the Wanglers, Combo Zombo, and The Mike Flowers Pops. During his twenties, he travelled the world providing music accompaniment to silent films at film festivals. He has also scored productions for the Royal National Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company.