Harry Gregson-Williams
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Gregson-Williams at the premiere of The Equalizer 2 in July 2018
Background information
Born (1961-12-13) 13 December 1961 (age 57)
Origin Sussex, England
Genres Film score, video game music
Occupations Composer, conductor, music producer
Instruments Piano, percussion
Years active 1993–present
Labels Wavecrest Music
Associated acts John Powell
Nick Glennie-Smith
Hans Zimmer
David Buckley
Atticus Ross
Halli Cauthery
Marc Streitenfeld
Trevor Rabin
Alberto Iglesias
Leopold Ross
Stephanie Economou
Harry Gregson-Williams (born 13 December 1961) is an English composer, orchestrator, conductor, and music producer. He has regularly written for television and films, such as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Martian, and the Shrek franchise. He is the brother of composer Rupert Gregson-Williams.

Gregson-Williams has also composed music for several video games, having notably helped score every main entry in the Metal Gear series since Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.


Gregson-Williams is born in England on December 13, 1961. Gregson-Williams won a musical scholarship to St John's College at the University of Cambridge at the age of seven, where he was a child chorister, and later attended Stowe School, a boarding independent school in the civil parish of Stowe in Buckinghamshire, where he was a music scholar, followed by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. While he began working as a film composer in the early '90s, his big break came when he was taken under the wing of Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer during the mid-'90s. He worked on the soundtracks of Zimmer-scored films including Crimson Tide (1995), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), The Rock (1996), and As Good as It Gets (1997). He went on to collaborate with Trevor Rabin (1998's Enemy of the State and Armageddon) and John Powell (1998's Antz, 2000's Chicken Run, 2001's Shrek) as well.

Meanwhile, Gregson-Williams began taking the lead on the soundtracks of children's movies like The Tigger Movie (2000) and Spy Kids (2001) as well as action films such as Phone Booth (2002) and The Rundown (2003). By mid-decade, he was scoring A-list films including Shrek 2 (2004), Man on Fire (2004), and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) which earned him a Grammy nomination for best score. His subsequent work in the 2000s included Gone Baby Gone (2007), Shrek the Third (2007), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). In addition, he began composing music for the video game franchises Metal Gear Solid and Call of Duty. Highlights of his work in the 2010s include Shrek Forever After (2010), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), The Martian (2015), and The Zookeeper's Wife (2017).




Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
1994 White Angel Chris Jones Living Spirit Pictures
Broken Heart Matt McConaghy ITV Yorkshire Short film
1995 Hotel Paradise Nicolas Roeg Westdeutscher Rundfunk Short film
Three Miles Up Lesley Manning TV movie
Full Body Massage Nicolas Roeg Paramount Television
Showtime Networks
TV movie
1996 The Whole Wide World Dan Ireland Sony Pictures Classics with Hans Zimmer
Witness Against Hitler Betsan Morris Evans BBC TV movie
The Rock Michael Bay Hollywood Pictures Additional music
Score composed by Hans Zimmer and Nick Glennie-Smith
1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow Bille August Det Danske Filminstitut
Bavaria Film
Constantin Film
Fox Searchlight Pictures (US)
with Hans Zimmer
Deceiver Jonas Pate
Josh Pate
The Borrowers Peter Hewitt Working Title Films
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Gramercy Pictures
1998 The Replacement Killers Antoine Fuqua Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Columbia Pictures
Antz Eric Darnell
Tim Johnson
Pacific Data Images
DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Pictures
with John Powell
Enemy of the State Tony Scott Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Scott Free Productions
Touchstone Pictures
with Trevor Rabin
1999 Swing Vote David Anspaugh Columbia TriStar Television
TV movie
The Match Mick Davis Gramercy Pictures
Light It Up Craig Bolotin 20th Century Fox
Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? Peter Hewitt Intermedia


Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2000 The Tigger Movie Jun Falkenstein DisneyToon Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
The Magic of Marciano Tony Barbieri Outrider Pictures
Chicken Run Peter Lord
Nick Park
Aardman Animations
DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Pictures (North America)
Pathé (International)
With John Powell
King of the Jungle Seth Zvi Rosenfeld Urbanworld Films
2001 Spy Kids Robert Rodriguez Troublemaker Studios
Dimension Films
with John Debney, Danny Elfman, Los Lobos, Robert Rodriguez, Heitor Pereira, and Gavin Greenaway
Shrek Andrew Adamson
Vicky Jenson
Pacific Data Images
DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Pictures
with John Powell
The Hire Alejandro González Iñárritu BMW Films Segment: "Powder Keg"
Spy Game Tony Scott Beacon Pictures
Universal Pictures
2002 Passionada Dan Ireland Samuel Goldwyn Films
Phone Booth Joel Schumacher Zucker/Netter
20th Century Fox
The Hire Tony Scott BMW Films Segment: "Beat the Devil"
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Tim Johnson
Patrick Gilmore
DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Pictures
Veronica Guerin Joel Schumacher Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Touchstone Pictures
The Rundown Peter Berg Strike Entertainment
WWE Films
Universal Pictures (North America & Japan)
Columbia Pictures (International)
2004 Man on Fire Tony Scott Scott Free Productions
Regency Enterprises
20th Century Fox
with Lisa Gerrard
Shrek 2 Andrew Adamson
Kelly Asbury
Conrad Vernon
DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Pictures
Return to Sender Bille August DEJ Productions
Team America: World Police Trey Parker Paramount Pictures
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Beeban Kidron StudioCanal
Working Title Films
Miramax Films
Universal Pictures
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Ridley Scott Studio Babelsberg
Scott Free Productions
20th Century Fox
As Composer & Conductor
Domino Tony Scott Scott Free Productions
Davis Films
New Line Cinema
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Andrew Adamson Walden Media
Walt Disney Pictures
2006 The Uninvited Louise Runge Logo TV Short film
Seraphim Falls David Von Ancken Icon Productions
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Destination Films
Flushed Away Sam Fell
David Bowers
Aardman Animations
DreamWorks Animation
Paramount Pictures
Déjà Vu Tony Scott Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Scott Free Productions
Touchstone Pictures
2007 The Number 23 Joel Schumacher New Line Cinema
Shrek the Third Chris Miller
Raman Hui
DreamWorks Animation
Paramount Pictures
Gone Baby Gone Ben Affleck The Ladd Company
Miramax Films
Slipstream Anthony Hopkins Strand Releasing
Destination Films
Music Producer
Score composed by Anthony Hopkins
2008 Em Tony Barbieri SnagFilms
Vanguard Cinema
The Forbidden Kingdom Rob Minkoff Lionsgate
Relativity Media
Casey Silver Productions
Huayi Brothers
Score Producer
Score composed by David Buckley
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Andrew Adamson Walden Media
Walt Disney Pictures
Jolene Dan Ireland E1 Entertainment Also music producer
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Gavin Hood Seed Productions
Marvel Entertainment
20th Century Fox
As Composer & Conductor
Additional Music By Christopher Willis, Hybrid & Halli Cauthery
The Taking of Pelham 123 Tony Scott Escape Artists
Scott Free Productions
Relativity Media
Columbia Pictures
Additional Music By Hybrid


Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2010 Twelve Joel Schumacher Radar Pictures
Hannover House
Shrek Forever After Mike Mitchell DreamWorks Animation
Paramount Pictures
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Mike Newell Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Walt Disney Pictures
Additional Music by Halli Cauthery & David Buckley.
As composer & conductor
The Town Ben Affleck GK Films
Legendary Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
with David Buckley
Unstoppable Tony Scott Scott Free Productions
Dune Entertainment
20th Century Fox
Additional Music by Justin Caine Burnett
2011 Life in a Day Kevin Macdonald National Geographic Films
Cowboys & Aliens Jon Favreau Platinum Studios
Fairview Entertainment
Imagine Entertainment
DreamWorks Pictures
Universal Pictures (North America)
Paramount Pictures (International)
Additional Music by Halli Cauthery
Arthur Christmas Sarah Smith Aardman Animations
Sony Pictures Animation
Columbia Pictures
2012 Prometheus Ridley Scott Scott Free Productions
Brandywine Productions
Dune Entertainment
20th Century Fox
Two tracks ("Life" and "We Were Right")
Main score by Marc Streitenfeld
I Am Bad David Rackoff OneZero Productions
Total Recall Len Wiseman Original Film
Columbia Pictures
Additional Music by Hybrid
As composer & Music producer.
Orchestra Conducted by Gavin Greenaway
2013 The East Zal Batmanglij Scott Free Productions
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Main score by Halli Cauthery
Mr. Pip Andrew Adamson Olympus Pictures
2014 Hate from a Distance Dan Ireland Privarte Pictures Co-composed with Tom Howe
The Equalizer Antoine Fuqua Escape Artists
Village Roadshow Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Additional Music by Hybrid
2015 Blackhat Michael Mann Legendary Pictures
Universal Pictures
with Atticus Ross, Ryan Amon, & Leo Ross
Monkey Kingdom Mark Linfield
Alastair Fothergill
The Martian Ridley Scott Genre Films
TSG Entertainment
Scott Free Productions
20th Century Fox
As composer & conductor
Miss You Already Catherine Hardwicke Lionsgate (US)
Entertainment One (UK)
2016 Confirmation Rick Famuyiwa HBO TV movie
Additional Music by Stephanie Economou
Live by Night Ben Affleck Warner Bros. Pictures
Appian Way Productions
Pearl Street Films
Additional Music by Stephanie Economou.
As composer & conductor
2017 The Zookeeper's Wife Niki Caro Focus Features Additional Music by Stephanie Economou.
As composer & conductor
Breath Simon Baker Additional Music by Stephanie Economou
2018 Early Man Nick Park StudioCanal
Aardman Animations
with Tom Howe
Additional Music by Paul Mounsey.
Orchestra Conducted by Harry Gregson-Williams & Gavin Greenaway
The Equalizer 2 Antoine Fuqua Escape Artists
Columbia Pictures
Additional Music by Stephanie Economou
The Meg Jon Turteltaub Warner Bros. Pictures Additional Music by Stephanie Economou
As composer & conductor
2019 Penguins Alastair Fothergill
Jeff Wilson
Disneynature N/A


Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2020 Mulan Niki Caro Walt Disney Pictures N/A


Year Title Notes
1991 G.B.H. 2 episodes
music coordinator
1992 Champion Children
1999 The Hunger Episode: "Sanctuary"
2002 AFP: American Fighter Pilot
2004 Father of the Pride 3 episodes
2007–2008 The Riches
2007 Shrek the Halls TV special
2017–present Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Notes
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty With Norihiko Hibino
2004 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater With Norihiko Hibino
2006 Sonic the Hedgehog With Alan Menken
Original songs written by Menken and Stephen Schwartz
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Main theme only and music producer
Score composed by Stephen Barton
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots With various others
2014 Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes With Ludvig Forssell
2014 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare With audiomachine (Paul Dinletir and Kevin Rix)
2015 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Music producer
Score composed by Ludvig Forsell, Justin Burnett and Daniel James
2017 Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle With Grant Kirkhope
Themes from "Super Mario" written by Jerry Goldsmith


Year Title Notes
2001 Shrek 4-D At various theme parks around the world.
Based on the Shrek film franchise.

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