Rupert Gregson-Williams
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Rupert Gregson-Williams at the premiere of Wonder Woman in May 25, 2017
Background information
Born October 12, 1966 (age 52)
Chichester, England, United Kingdom
Genres Film score
Occupations Composer
Years active 1998–present
Associated acts Harry Gregson-Williams (brother)
Rupert Gregson-Williams (born October 12, 1966) is a British composer of motion picture and television scores. Educated at St John's College, Cambridge, choir school and Lancing College, he is the younger brother of film composer Harry Gregson-Williams and he is a member of Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions team of composers.

His filmography includes Hotel Rwanda, for which he was awarded the European Film composer award, Hacksaw Ridge, Wonder Woman, Over the Hedge, Bee Movie, Zookeeper, Made of Honor, Bedtime Stories, and numerous films by Happy Madison Productions, many of which star Adam Sandler. His most notable works in television include Veep and The Crown. He has received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award and a recipient of a BMI Award and a European Film Award.


Rupert is one of the Britain's leading commercial film arrangers, sometimes composing scores, but very often called in to provide the additional music or to arrange. Like his brother Harry Gregson-Williams, Rupert was a lead chorister in one of Britain's great traditional academic church choirs, that of St. John's College, Cambridge. In return for singing with the choir at daily services during the school term and touring with it around the world, he received a scholarship to St. John's College's preparatory school and entrance to Cambridge. Unlike Harry, who graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Rupert admits to being a rebellious student who got thrown out of school more than once. He believed that he had all the basic knowledge he needed and went to work as a professional musician, mostly in rock & roll bands, after a stint as a teacher in Africa.

A friendship with composer Richard Harvey, which grew from their shared interest in ethnic music and instruments, led him into film music. Rupert had been intrigued by the use of classical music in film since Visconti used Mahler's music in Death in Venice, and was happy to assist Harvey after the latter got some work scoring for British television projects. The two worked together in collaboration with Elvis Costello on G.B.H. and Jake's Progress, two films directed by Alan Bleasdale. In the process, Rupert learned much about advanced orchestration. His first original score was for an independent film by Genevieve Jolliffe, called Urban Ghost Story, which was a coming-of-age drama rather than a horror picture. Rupert composed an intimate score, mainly for solo piano and flutes, but of a substantial length at 50 minutes.

Later CareerEdit

Following that, the established film composer Hans Zimmer asked him to join his organization Media Ventures, which provided music for film, television, advertisements, and other commercial uses, including the two-minute piece Rupert wrote for the World Cup soccer finals in Japan. Gregson-Williams worked directly with Zimmer on the score to The Prince of Egypt, composing certain sequences in the film using Zimmer's melodies to the composer's specifications. Other film and television projects followed for Gregson-Williams, including The Road to El Dorado, Virtual Sexuality, Muppets from Space, Extremely Dangerous, and Hannibal.

In 2004, he gained notice with the highly lauded drama Hotel Rwanda, for which he was bestowed the European Film Composer Award. From there, he scored such notable films as 2006's Over the Hedge, 2007's Bee Movie, 2008's You Don't Mess with the Zohan, and others. Gregson-Williams has since supplied the music for an increasingly higher-profile set of films including 2010's Grown Ups and 2014's Blended, as well as more awards season fare like Mel Gibson's 2016 WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge and Netflix's The Crown. In 2017, the soundtrack for superhero feature Wonder Woman, which included Gregson-Williams' score and the original song "To Be Human" by Sia, landed on the Billboard 200 and the Top 10 of the soundtracks chart.



Year Title irector(s) Studio(s) Notes
1998 The Prince of Egypt Brenda Chapman
Steve Hickner
Simon Wells
DreamWorks Animation Choral conductor
Score composed by Hans Zimmer
1998 Urban Ghost Story Geneviève Joliffe Living Spirit Pictures
Panorama Entertainment
1998 Antz Eric Darnell
Tim Johnson
DreamWorks Pictures
Pacific Data Images
Choral conductor
Score composed by John Powell & Harry Gregson-Williams
1999 Virtual Sexuality Nick Hurran Columbia Pictures
1999 Muppets from Space Tim Hill Columbia Pictures
Jim Henson Pictures
Score composed by Jamshied Sharifi


Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2000 The Road to El Dorado Bibo Bergeron
Don Paul
DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Pictures
Score composed by Hans Zimmer and John Powell
2001 Princess of Thieves Peter Hewitt Granada Productions
2001 Hannibal Ridley Scott De Laurentiis Company
Scott Free Productions
Choral conductor
Score composed by Hans Zimmer
2002 Thunderpants Peter Hewitt Pathé Distribution
Undertaking Betty Nick Hurran Miramax Films
2003 What a Girl Wants Dennie Gordon Warner Bros. Pictures
Crime Spree Brad Mirman DEJ Productions
The Night We Called It a Day Paul Goldman Icon Entertainment
2004 Hotel Rwanda Terry George United Artists
2004 King Arthur Antoine Fuqua Touchstone Pictures Additional Music with Moya Brennan, Nick Glennie-Smith, Trevor Morris & Blake Neely
Score composed by Hans Zimmer
2005 Love + Hate Dominic Savage BBC Films
2005 The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Nick Park
Steve Box
Aardman Animations
Dreamworks Animation
Paramount Pictures
Additional Music with Lorne Balfe, James Dooley, Halli Cauthery & Alastair King
Score composed by Julian Nott
2006 Over the Hedge Tim Johnson
Karey Kirkpatrick
DreamWorks Animation
Paramount Pictures
The Holiday Nancy Meyers Relativity Media
Columbia Pictures
Score composed by Hans Zimmer
Click Frank Coraci Columbia Pictures
Happy Madison
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Dennis Dugan Universal Pictures
Happy Madison
Bee Movie Steve Hickner
Simon J. Smith
DreamWorks Animation
Columbus 81 Productions
Paramount Pictures
2008 Made of Honor Paul Weiland Columbia Pictures
You Don't Mess with the Zohan Dennis Dugan Columbia Pictures
Happy Madison
Bedtime Stories Adam Shankman Walt Disney Pictures
Happy Madison
2009 The Maiden Heist Peter Hewitt Yari Film Group


Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Note(s)
2010 Grown Ups Dennis Dugan Columbia Pictures
Happy Madison
2011 Just Go with It
Zookeeper Frank Coraci
Jack & Jill Dennis Dugan
2012 That's My Boy Sean Anders
Here Comes the Boom Frank Coraci
2013 Grown Ups 2 Dennis Dugan
2013 The Lone Ranger Gore Verbinski Walt Disney Pictures
Infinitum Nihil
Additional Music with Lorne Balfe, Steve Mazzaro, Andrew Kawczynski & Jasha Klebe
Score composed by Hans Zimmer
2014 Winter's Tale Akiva Goldsman Warner Bros. Pictures with Hans Zimmer
Additional Music by David Buckley & Halli Cauthery
Blended Frank Coraci Warner Bros. Pictures
Happy Madison
Postman Pat: The Movie Mike Disa Icon Productions
Rubicon Group Holding
2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Andy Fickman Columbia Pictures
Happy Madison
The Ridiculous Six Frank Coraci Netflix
Happy Madison
with Elmo Weber
Open Season: Scared Silly David Feiss Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Sony Pictures Animation
with Dominic Lewis
2016 The Do-Over Steven Brill Netflix
Happy Madison
The Legend of Tarzan David Yates Warner Bros. Pictures
Hacksaw Ridge Mel Gibson Summit Entertainment
2017 Sandy Wexler Steven Brill Netflix
Happy Madison
Wonder Woman


Patty Jenkins Warner Bros. Pictures
2018 The Week Of Robert Smigel Netflix
Happy Madison
Terminal Vaughn Stein Universal Pictures with Anthony Clarke


James Wan Warner Bros. Pictures
2019 Abominable Jill Culton DreamWorks Animation
Pearl Studio

Television Edit

Year Programme Note(s)
1999 Extremely Dangerous
1999-2003 At Home with the Braithwaites
2000 Take a Girl Like You
2001 Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
2001 The Wonderful World of Disney
2004 William and Mary
2004 Long Way Round
2005-2007 The Last Detective with Alastair King
2006 Born Equal
2009 The Prisoner
2012 Veep with Chritopher Willis
2014 Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of Death with Chritopher Willis
2015 Virtuso with Chritopher Willis
2016- The Crown Main theme by Hans Zimmer
with Lorne Balfe (Season 2)
2017 The Alienist

Video games Edit

Year Title Note(s)
2005 Battlefield 2: Modern Combat Composed with Tobias Marberger
Additional music by Lorne Balfe and Tony Clarke
2013 Fire Emblem Awakening Additional Music with Lorne Balfe, Geoff Zanelli, Steve Mazzaro, Andrew Kawczynski & Jasha Klebe
Score composed by Hans Zimmer
Original themes written by Jerry Goldsmith
2017 Sonic Forces: The Final Battle Composed with Lorne Balfe
Executive Music Produced by Hans Zimmer


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