Run Wrake was born John Matthew Charrosin Wrake and raised in Sussex, studying graphics at Chelsea School of Art and animation at the Royal College of Art. His graduation film Anyway won the BP Expo prize, the first of many international awards over a varied animation career, including a Bafta nomination for Rabbit. An avid music fan, he provided distinctive illustrations for the reviews and feature pages of the NME between 1988 and 2000. As a filmmaker working across music video, advertising and TV, he created visuals for tours such as PopMart and 360° for U2, and the Rolling Stones' 50 & Counting... He died in 2012.