Icelandic Musician Wins BAFTA

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Icelandic Musician Wins BAFTA

By Alëx Elliott
Ólafur Arnalds

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Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds has received a coveted BAFTA Award for his work in the UK.

Ólafur Arnalds has been awarded a BAFTA at the British Academy Television Craft Awards for his score to the hit show, Broadchurch.

Ólafur wrote an original score especially for the popular new ITV crime drama, which is set in a coastal community in Dorset, in southwest England.

The first series of Broadchurch was broadcast in 2013 and a second series is in the works. The first series was bought by BBC America for broadcast on the other side of the Atlantic.

The BAFTAs are awarded for both film and television and are considered Britain’s answer to the Oscars. They are among the biggest and most respected film and television awards in the world.

Broadchurch won out against the other nominees: Paul Englishby for Luther, Martin Phipps for Peaky Blinders and Mark Bradshaw for Top of the Lake.

27-year-old Ólafur Arnalds mixes elements of classical, electro, rock and ambient music and first came to prominence in the early 2000s. His latest album, For Now I Am Winter, has been acclaimed by critics and fans for its emotion and atmospheric tension.

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