Award-winning Angela Morley was born Wally Stott in Leeds, Yorkshire. In 1972, during an already extremely successful composing career, she underwent gender reassignment surgery, taking her mother's maiden name.
By 1974 Morley was working on Stanley Donen's film The Little Prince, with the songwriting team of Lerner and Loewe, which brought her an Oscar nomination. Another followed for Bryan Forbes's version of the Cinderella story, The Slipper and the Rose (1976). Her best-known film work was probably the score for the animated feature Watership Down (1978), on which she replaced Malcolm Williamson, who completed only the first six minutes of the film owing to ill health.
In between scoring films, she was also a regular conductor of the BBC Radio Orchestra, and helped John Williams with the orchestration of his scores for Star Wars, Superman and The Empire Strikes Back. Her long list of accolades includes 3 Emmy Awards, 11 Emmy Award Nominations, 2 Academy Award Nominations, an Ivor Novello Award Nomination, a British BAFTA Award Nomination and a British Burt Rhodes Award.