Daniel Pemberton is an Ivor Novello winning and multi-BAFTA nominated composer who works predominantly in film, television and videogames. His credits include everything from feature films such as The Awakening and the Sundance Jury winningEnemies Of The People to cult British television shows such as Peep Show, Hells Kitchen and Great British Menu. He has written the score for the second best selling Xbox 360 game of all time (Kinect Adventures) as well as creating the iconic theme for Sony’s LittleBIGPlanet. He has created the soundtracks for countless award winning drama series – from the BBC’s highly anticipated revival of Upstairs Downstairs to the multi award winning Iraq war series Occupation; adaptations of Martin Amis’ Money to Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently. He has also scored countless Emmy, BAFTA, Grierson and RTS winning comedies, documentaries and lifestyle shows and worked with Oscar winning directors and editors.

His ability to jump genres effortlessly yet still bring a unique and recognizable sound to every project saw him named as ‘one of the hottest people working in television today’ by Broadcast magazine, who praised him as ‘a composer prepared to take risks’. These have featured everything from a 70 piece orchestra to kazoos and a drum machine; big band jazz set ups to intricate electronic sound design; Ghanian cover bands to Armenian flautists; community choirs to post-rock guitarists. His innovative Ivor Novello winning score to BBC drama Desperate Romantics is testament to this approach – fusing glam rock beats with period drama aesthetics it quickly became one of the most acclaimed scores of the year.

Whilst Daniel has done many things – co founder of the infamous Shoreditch Twat fanzine, journalist for i-D magazine, fashion show music director for designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Erdem, Boudicca and Eley Kishimoto, author of nicely designed toilet humour books, backer of controversial operas, collaborator with international artists – it is perhaps through this eclectic soundtrack work that he has had the biggest impact.

After releasing ‘Bedroom’, a self produced record of avant garde electronic music, at the age of 16 Daniel moved into writing music for the small screen. A year later, inbetween doing his homework, he wrote his first TV soundtrack – a documentary for Channel 4 in which media visionary Janet Street Porter argued that the internet was a pointless passing fad. Since then he has become one of the most in demand and prolific composers in Britain writing music for over 150 different productions amounting to more than 500 shows in total in the past decade alone.

Well known for his creative and incredibly versatile approach to writing no two scores ever sound the same.

Feature Film

The Awakening 2011 110 mins
Dir: Nick Murphy
Starring: Rebecca Hall (Frost/Nixon) and Dominic West (The Wire)

Ghost Recon: Alpha 2010 25 mins
Dir: Francois Alaux and Herve De Crecy (Oscar winners – Logorama)
Starring: Charlotte Rampling

Enemies Of The People 2010 90 mins
Dir: Rob Lemkin
Sundance Festival 2010 – Special Jury Prize
BIFA – Best Documentary
Oscar – Best Documentary Shortlist

Self Made 2010 90 mins
Dir: Gillian Wearing
London Film Festival 2010 Selection

Big Kiss 2007 110 mins
Dir: Billy Zane
Starring Billy Zane (Titanic, Dead Calm)

Battle For Haditha2008 100 mins
Dir: Nick Broomfield
Starring: Elliot Ruiz Additional Music


Upstairs Downstairs BBC 1 2010 3 x 60 mins
Dir: Euros Lyn
Starring Eileen Aitkins (The Hours), Adrian Scarborough (The Kings Speech)

Occupation BAFTA/RTS WINNER BBC 1 2009 180 mins
Dir: Nick Murphy
Starring James Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday) and Stephen Graham (This Is England)
FIPA Gold D’Or Grand Prize – Best Original Soundtrack 2010
RTS Nomination – Best Original Score 2009

Desperate Romantics BAFTA/IVOR NOVELLO WINNER BBC 2 2009 6 X 60 mins
Dir: Paul Gay
Starring Rafe Spall and Aidan Tapper
Ivor Novello WINNER – Best Television Soundtrack
RTS Nomination – Best Title Music 2009

Money BBC 2 2010 120 mins
Dir: Jeremy Lovering
Starring: Nick Frost (Shaun Of The Dead) and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men)

The Haunted Airman BBC 4 75 Mins 2006
Dir: Chris Durlacher Starring Robert Pattison (Twilight) and Julian Sands (24, Ocean’s 13)

Attila The Hun BBC 1 2007 60 mins
Dir: Gareth Edwards (Monsters)
Starring Rory McCann (Hot Fuzz) and Allen Leech (Rome)

Born With Two Mothers C4 90 Mins
Dir: Ian Duncan
Starring Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) and Lesley Sharp (Vera Drake)

Best: His Mothers Son BBC 2 2009 90 mins
Dir: Colin Barr
Starring Michelle Fairley (The Others) and Tom Payne (Waterloo Road)

Napoleon BBC 1 2007 60 mins
Dir: Nick Murphy
Starring Tom Burk (State Of Play) and Rob Brydon

Forgiven EMMY WINNER C4 2006 90 Mins
Dir: Paul Wilmshurst
Starring Lucy Cohu (Gosford Park)

Peep Show BAFTA/RTS WINNERC4 2003-2007 30 X 25 mins
Dir: Various
Starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb (Mitchell and Webb)

10 Days To War BBC 22008 100 mins
Dir: David Belton / Bruce Goodison
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Art Malik, Tom Conti and Toby Jones

The Yellow House C4 2007 90 mins
Dir: Chris Durlacher
Starring John Simm (Life On Mars) and John Lynch (Bleak House)


Hiroshima BBC 1 2005 90 Mins EMMY/BAFTA WINNER
Between Life And Death BBC 1 2010 60 Mins BAFTA WINNER
George Orwell: A Life In Pictures BBC 2 2003 1 X 90 min BAFTA/EMMY/GRIERSON WINNER
Enemies Of The People Feature Doc 2010 90mins SUNDANCE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
The King Of Communism BBC 4 Little Bird GRIERSON AWARD WINNER


Great British Menu BBC Optomen
Hells Kitchen ITV 2004 14 X 60mins Granada
Bad Lads Army ITV 2002 10 X 50mins 20/20 TV. RTS AWARD WINNER.
Regency House Party C4 2004 8 X 60mins Wall To Wall
That’ll Teach ‘Em C4 2003 5 X 60 mins 20/20 TV
Edwardian Country House C4 2002 6 X 60mins Wall To Wall
French Leave C4 2003 8 X 25mins Optomen
Love Island ITV 2006 Granada
Lost C4 2001 15 X 25mins Windfall Films


The Movies X Box PC Playstation 2 Nintendo Gamecube Activision/Lionhead Studios – BAFTA NOMINATION: BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
Little Big Planet Playstation 3 Media Molecule – BAFTA NOMINATION: BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
Kinect Adventures Xbox360 Microsoft Games Studios


Toyota, Gucci, Volkswagen, Zanussi, Ford, The Guardian, Kwik Fit, MTV, Lipton Ice Tea, Dettol

Fashion Shows

Vivienne Westwood, Boudicca, Sophia Kokosalaki, Eley Kishimoto


The Guardian, i-D, The Face, Sleaze, Wired, GQ, Esquire, Shoreditch Twat, The Idler, The Wire, The Daily Telegraph