Daniel Pemberton

Daniel Pemberton
Born (1977-11-03) 3 November 1977 (age 42)
United Kingdom
GenresFilm score

Daniel Pemberton (born 3 November 1977) is an English composer.[1][2]

Life and career

In 2013, Pemberton completed his breakthrough score to director Ridley Scott's film The Counselor. The score was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.[3] He has also scored films for other prominent directors including Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs and Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

In 2014, Pemberton was named the "Discovery of the Year" at the World Soundtrack Awards.[4] and nominated as "Film Composer of the Year" in 2016.[5]

Pemberton has been nominated twice for a Golden Globe award. In 2016 his score for Steve Jobs was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.[6] In 2017 he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song[7] for the song Gold from the film of the same name which he co-wrote with Iggy Pop, Danger Mouse and the director Stephen Gaghan.

Recent works include the Oscar-winning animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman; The Palme d'Or nominated French film Mal De Pierres starring Marion Cotillard and directed by Nicole Garcia; Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut Molly's Game, starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba; The Weinstein Company film Gold starring Matthew McConaughey and directed by Stephen Gaghan; The Silent Man, a political thriller based on the Watergate affair starring Liam Neeson, directed by Peter Landesman and produced by Ridley Scott and Tom Hanks, and the latest film from Guy Ritchie, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Earlier work includes The Awakening starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West and directed by Nick Murphy; Cuban Fury a British comedy from the producers of Shaun of the Dead starring Nick Frost; the live action short Ghost Recon: Alpha directed by Oscar-winners Francois Alaux and Herve De Crecy and edited by Oscar-winner Pietro Scalia; Blood starring Paul Bettany and Mark Strong, directed by Nick Murphy and produced by Sam Mendes; Film4 feature In Fear starring Alice Englert, directed by Jeremy Lovering and Complicit starring David Oyelowo and directed by Niall MacCormick. Pemberton also scored director Gareth Edwards' breakthrough sci-fi short film Factory Farmed.[8]

He has also composed title tunes and incidental music for several award-winning television series including The Game, Prey, Ambassadors, Peep Show, Desperate Romantics, Space Dive, Occupation, Prisoners' Wives, Black Mirror, My Mad Fat Diary, Suburban Shootout, Hell's Kitchen, Great British Menu, Hiroshima, Bad Lads' Army, George Orwell: A Life in Pictures, The Yellow House, Monster Moves, Dirk Gently, Napoleon[9] and the first series of the 2010 revival of Upstairs Downstairs. He also has composed music for video games such as LittleBigPlanet, Kinect Adventures, LittleBigPlanet 2, The Movies and Trackmania Turbo. Using the alias The Daniel Pemberton TV Orchestra, some of his television themes were released on the album TVPOPMUZIK in 2007, while his video game work—primarily that from LittleBigPlanet—was released on the album LittleBIGMusic.

In November 2016, Pemberton conducted live at the Royal Albert Hall with BAFTA.[10]

Film scores


Year Film Director(s) Notes
2009 Enemies of the People Rob Lemkin
Thet Sambath
2011 The Awakening Nick Murphy
2012 Blood
2013 In Fear Jeremy Lovering
Complicit Niall MacCormick
The Counselor Ridley Scott
2014 Cuban Fury James Griffiths
2015 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Guy Ritchie
Steve Jobs Danny Boyle Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
2016 From the Land of the Moon Nicole Garcia
Gold Stephen Gaghan Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song
2017 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Guy Ritchie
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Peter Landesman
Molly's Game Aaron Sorkin
All the Money in the World Ridley Scott
2018 Ocean's 8 Gary Ross
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Bob Persichetti
Peter Ramsey
Rodney Rothman
2019 Yesterday Danny Boyle
Motherless Brooklyn Edward Norton
2020 Birds of Prey Cathy Yan Post-production
TBA Enola Holmes Harry Bradbeer Filming


Year Title Notes
2003-2015 Peep Show Television series, broadcast on Channel 4
2006 Prehistoric Park Television series, broadcast on ITV
2010-2012 Dirk Gently Television series, broadcast on BBC 4
2017 Black Mirror Episode: “USS Callister
2019 Brexit: The Uncivil War Television film, broadcast on Channel 4 and HBO
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Netflex miniseries, co-composer with Samuel Sim
Original Dark Crystal theme by Trevor Jones

Short film

Year Film Director
2008 Factory Farmed Gareth Edwards
2012 Ghost Recon: Alpha Francois Alaux and Herve de Crecy

Video games

Year Title Developer(s) Notes
2005 The Movies Lionhead Studios Soundtrack composition
2008 Little Big Planet Media Molecule Soundtrack composition
2011 Little Big Planet 2 Media Molecule Soundtrack composition
2019 Knights and Bikes Foam Sword
Double Fine Productions
Soundtrack composition


Soundtrack releases

  • Yesterday (Universal Music & Capitol Records, 2019)
  • Molly's Game (Sony Classical, 2018)
  • All The Money In The World (Sony Classical, 2017)
  • Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House (Filmtrax Ltd., 2017)
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (WaterTower Music, 2017)
  • Gold (BMG, Original Score, 2017)
  • From The Land Of The Moon (Mal De Pierres) (Les Productions Du Tresor, 2017)
  • Steve Jobs (Backlot Music, 2015)
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Watertower, 2015)
  • The Game (Moviescore Media, 2015)
  • Cuban Fury (Decca Records, 2014)
  • The Counselor (Milan Records, 2013)
  • Blood (Moviescore Media, 2013)
  • Space Dive (1812 Recordings, 2012)
  • Dirk Gently (Moviescore Media, 2012)
  • Space Dive (1812 Recordings, 2012)
  • The Awakening (Moviescore Media/Screamworks, 2012)
  • Desperate Romantics (1812 Recordings, 2012)
  • LittleBIGMusic (1812 Recordings, 2011)
  • The Haunted Airman (1812 Recordings, 2011)
  • Upstairs Downstairs (1812 Recordings, 2010)
  • Kinect Adventures (1812 Recordings, 2010)
  • Monster Moves: Songs + Sounds (1812 Recordings, 2009)
  • Heroes and Villains: Attila the Hun / Napoleon (Moviescore Media, 2009)
  • TVPOPMUZIK (1812 Recordings, 2007)
  • Prehistoric Park (1812 Recordings, 2006)


  1. ^ "Official website biography". Danielpemberton.com. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Daniel Pemberton". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Daniel Pemberton Scoring Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor' – Film Music Reporter". Filmmusicreporter.com. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Daniel Pemberton Named Discovery of the Year by World Soundtrack Academy". ascap.com. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  5. ^ "World Soundtrack Awards 2016".
  6. ^ "Daniel Pemberton". goldenglobes.com. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Best Original Song 2016".
  8. ^ "FACTORY FARMED". Retrieved 28 September 2014 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "Danielpemberton.com". Danielpemberton.com. Archived from the original on 19 November 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Conversations with Screen Composers in association with PRS for Music: Daniel Pemberton". bafta.org. Retrieved 8 October 2016.

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