Rachel Portman (born December 11th, 1960 in Haslemere, England) is a British composer, best known for her film work. She was the first female composer to win an Academy Award (for Emma in 1996), and went on to be nominated for the critically acclaimed The Cider House Rules in 1999 and Chocolat in 2000. For television, she composed the score for Jim Henson's The Storyteller and two episodes of The Jim Henson Hour.
Portman was educated at Oxford University, (Worcester College).
Her other works include a children's opera, The Little Prince (which was later adapted for television), and an unused score written for the film Dangerous Beauty.