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Carl Davis

Biography

London Philharmonic Orchestra director who became known for creating accompanying music for silent films. He was the co-creator, alongside Paul McCartney, from the Liverpool Oratorio. He made up scores for tv shows at the start of his profession, namely “The Wed Play” and “Play for Today,” both BBC anthology play series. He made up modernized ratings to several classic silent movies including “Ben Hur” and “The Phantom from the Opera,” both from 1925. He wedded celebrity Jean Boht in 1970. He earned a BAFTA Honor for Greatest Film Music for his rating towards the 1981 film “The French Lieutenant’s Female,” starring Meryl Streep.

Quick Facts


Full Name Carl Davis
Date Of Birth October 28, 1936
Place Of Birth New York
Height 1.96 m
Weight 143 kg
Profession Composer
Education Bard College
Nationality American
Spouse Jean Boht
Children Hannah Davis, Jessie Jo Davis
Parents Isadore Davis, Sara Perlmutter
Awards BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, British Academy Television Craft Award for Best Original Television Music, British Academy Television Craft Special Award
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Music Composition - Special Program
Movies Napoléon, The Phantom of the Opera, Safety Last!, Intolerance, The Thief of Bagdad, Flesh and the Devil, The General, The Naked Civil Servant, Frankenstein Unbound, The Understudy, King David, Anne Frank Remembered, The Trial, Widows' Peak, Man Friday, The French Lieutenant's Woman, I, Monster, The Bofors Gun, The Girl in a Swing, Up the Chastity Belt, The Rainbow, Conflict, The Crowd, Kiss of Death, The Big Parade, Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow, Our Hospitality, What Became of Jack and Jill?, Hotel du Lac, Champions, Goodnight Mister Tom, The Strong Man, The Kid Brother, Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Silas Marner, The National Health, A Sense of History, The Greatest Store in the World, Le Radeau de la Méduse, Scandal, George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey, A Woman of Affairs, The Great Gatsby, The Eagle, The Only Way, Topsy-Turvy, The Sailor's Return, Mothers & Daughters, D.W. Griffith: The Father of Film, The Gangster Show: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
TV Shows In the Looking Glass
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1Father of Hannah Davis.
2He was awarded an Honorary CBE from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in her Birthday Honours list 2005.


Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ethel & Ernest2016
Upstairs Downstairs2012TV Series 1 episode
Cranford2007-2009TV Series 7 episodes
The Understudy2008
Scoring for Comedy2005Video documentary short
I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper2005Documentary
Garbo2005Documentary
Mothers and Daughters2004
Promoted to Glory2003TV Movie
The Queen's Nose1995-2003TV Series 6 episodes
The Book of Eve2002
An Angel for May2002TV Movie
Back Home2001TV Movie
The Great Gatsby2000TV Movie
The Greatest Store in the World1999TV Movie
Comedy Lab1999TV Series 1 episode
'Pride and Prejudice': The Making of...1999TV Movie documentary
Goodnight, Mister Tom1998TV Movie
Le radeau de la Méduse1998
The Face of Russia1998TV Mini-Series
Coming Home1998TV Series
Seesaw1998TV Mini-Series 3 episodes
Real Women1998TV Series
Cold War1998TV Mini-Series documentary
A Dance to the Music of Time1997TV Mini-Series 4 episodes
A Life in a Day1997Short
An Audience with Charles Dickens1996TV Movie
Perspectives on Pride and Prejudice1996Video documentary
Pride & Prejudice: From Page to Screen1995TV Movie documentary
Pride and Prejudice1995TV Mini-Series 6 episodes
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood1995TV Mini-Series documentary 4 episodes
Oliver's Travels1995TV Mini-Series 5 episodes
Anne Frank Remembered1995Documentary
Liberation1994Documentary
The Return of the Native1994TV Movie
Performance1994TV Series 1 episode
The Buried Mirror1994TV Mini-Series
Lie Down with Lions1994TV Movie
George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin1994TV Movie documentary
Screen Two1986-1994TV Series 4 episodes
Widows' Peak1994
Thatcher: The Downing Street Years1993TV Mini-Series documentary 4 episodes
Genghis Cohn1993
Voyage1993TV Movie
The Trial1993
American Masters1989-1993TV Series documentary 2 episodes
A Year in Provence1993TV Mini-Series 2 episodes
Covington Cross1992TV Series 13 episodes
A Sense of History1992TV Short
Screen One1989-1992TV Series 2 episodes
The Black Velvet Gown1991TV Movie
The Crucifer of Blood1991TV Movie
Ghosts of the Past1991TV Movie documentary
Echoes That Remain1991Documentary
Separate But Equal1991TV Mini-Series
Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound1990
Crossing to Freedom1990TV Movie
The Secret Life of Ian Fleming1990TV Movie
Fragments of Isabella1989
The Yellow Wallpaper1989TV Movie
Skulduggery1989TV Movie
Somewhere to Run1989TV Movie
The Rainbow1989
The Play on One1989TV Series 1 episode
Scandal1989
Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow1987-1989TV Mini-Series documentary 3 episodes
Journey's End1988TV Movie
The Girl in a Swing1988
Once in a Life Time1988TV Movie
Screenplay1988TV Series 1 episode
Horizon1988TV Series documentary 1 episode
The First Eden1987TV Mini-Series documentary 4 episodes
Fire & Ice1986TV Movie
Murrow1986TV Movie
Silas Marner1985TV Movie
A Song for Europe1985TV Movie
The Day the Universe Changed1985TV Series documentary 10 episodes
Late Starter1985TV Series 8 episodes
Vicious Circle1985TV Movie
To the World's End: Scenes and Characters on a London Bus Route1985TV Movie documentary "Variations on a Bus Route"
King David1985
Oscar1985TV Series 3 episodes
The Pickwick Papers1985TV Series 12 episodes
A Kind of Alaska1984TV Movie
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey1984Documentary original music
All Our Working Lives1984TV Series documentary 4 episodes
Sakharov1984TV Movie
Champions1984
The Far Pavilions1984TV Mini-Series 1 episode
St. Ursula's in Danger1983TV Movie
The Aerodrome1983TV Movie
The Weather in the Streets1983TV Movie
Macbeth1983TV Movie
Praying Mantis1983TV Movie
Unknown Chaplin1983TV Mini-Series documentary 2 episodes
The Tale of Beatrix Potter1982TV Movie
Schoolgirl Chums1982TV Movie
The Hound of the Baskervilles1982TV Mini-Series 4 episodes
Arena1982TV Series documentary 1 episode
All for Love1982TV Series 1 episode
La ronde1982TV Movie
Play for Today1970-1982TV Series 10 episodes
Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years1981TV Mini-Series
The French Lieutenant's Woman1981
BBC2 Playhouse1974-1981TV Series 3 episodes
Private Schulz1981TV Series 6 episodes
Staying On1980TV Movie
The Mystery of the Disappearing Schoolgirls1980TV Movie
The Merchant of Venice1980TV Movie
Oppenheimer1980TV Mini-Series 7 episodes
Fair Stood the Wind for France1980TV Mini-Series 4 episodes
Moving Pictures1980TV Movie
Hollywood1980TV Mini-Series documentary 5 episodes
The Old Curiosity Shop1979-1980TV Mini-Series 9 episodes
Festival: The Misanthrope1980TV Movie
Birth of the Beatles1979
Prince Regent1979TV Mini-Series 8 episodes
Horse in the House1977-1979TV Series 12 episodes
BBC Play of the Month1979TV Series 1 episode
The Light Princess1978TV Movie
Thank You, Comrades1978TV Movie
The Sailor's Return1978
Wuthering Heights1978TV Mini-Series 5 episodes
BBC2 Play of the Week1978TV Series 1 episode
The Mayor of Casterbridge1978TV Mini-Series 7 episodes
In the Looking Glass1978TV Series 1 episode
Treasure Island1977TV Mini-Series 4 episodes
Marie Curie1977TV Mini-Series 5 episodes
The Lively Arts1977TV Series documentary 1 episode
Out of Bounds1977TV Series 6 episodes
The Snow Queen1976TV Movie
The Lady of the Camellias1976TV Series 2 episodes
NBC Special Treat1976TV Series 1 episode
Lorna Doone1976TV Mini-Series 5 episodes
Where Adam Stood1976TV Movie
Our Mutual Friend1976TV Mini-Series 7 episodes
Shades of Greene1975-1976TV Series 12 episodes
The Naked Civil Servant1975TV Movie
Man Friday1975
The Cay1974TV Movie
The World at War1974TV Mini-Series documentary 3 episodes
What Next?1974TV Movie
Conflict1973
The Lovers!1973
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1973TV Series 1 episode
The Merchant of Venice1973TV Movie
Away from It All1973TV Series 1 episode
The National Health1973
Rentadick1972
The Gangster Show: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui1972TV Movie
War & Peace1972TV Mini-Series
What Became of Jack and Jill?1972
The Grievance1972TV Movie
The Chastity Belt1972
The Snow Goose1971TV Movie
I, Monster1971
Up Pompeii1971
The Only Way1970
The Wednesday Play1965-1970TV Series 7 episodes
Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition1970
The Bofors Gun1968
Omnibus1967TV Series documentary 1 episode
Stop!1967Short
Five More1966TV Series 1 episode
Theatre 6251964-1966TV Series 4 episodes
The Other World of Winston Churchill1964TV Movie documentary
Schaufensterpuppen1964TV Movie
Armchair Theatre1961TV Series 1 episode
The Iron Mask19291999 version
A Woman of Affairs19281983
Show People19281982
The Wind19281983 alternate version
Speedy19281992 alternate version
The Crowd19281981
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg19271986 alternate version
Napoleon19271980
It19271992 alternate version
The Kid Brother19271990 alternate version
The General19261987
Flesh and the Devil19261988 sound version
The Strong Man19261985
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ19251987 restored version
The Eagle19251985
The Big Parade19251988 score
The Phantom of the Opera19251996
Greed19241986 alternate version
Our Hospitality19231984
Safety Last!19231990 alternate version
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse19211993 alternate version
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages19161989

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The South Bank Show1996TV Series documentary musician - 1 episode
Cinema Europe: The Other HollywoodTV Mini-Series documentary title music - 3 episodes, 1995 conductor - 2 episodes, 1995
Thatcher: The Downing Street Years1993TV Mini-Series documentary conductor - 4 episodes
The Trial1993conductor
This Week1992TV Series conductor - 1 episode
Covington Cross1992TV Series composer - 13 episodes
Screen TwoTV Series conductor - 2 episodes, 1986 - 1991 music director - 1 episode, 1992
Echoes That Remain1991Documentary conductor
Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound1990conductor - uncredited
Crossing to Freedom1990TV Movie conductor
The Rainbow1989conductor
Scandal1989conductor
American MastersTV Series documentary conductor - 1 episode, 1988 music for "Way Down Easy" "The Wind" and "Broken Blossoms" - 1 episode, 1988
The First Eden1987TV Mini-Series documentary conductor - 4 episodes
Silas Marner1985TV Movie conductor
A Song for Europe1985TV Movie conductor
To the World's End: Scenes and Characters on a London Bus Route1985TV Movie documentary conductor: "Variations on a Bus Route"
King David1985conductor
Oscar1985TV Series conductor - 3 episodes
Late Starter1985TV Series composer - 2 episodes
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey1984Documentary conductor
Sakharov1984TV Movie conductor
Down in the Valley1984TV Movie conductor
Champions1984conductor
The Far Pavilions1984TV Mini-Series conductor - 1 episode
Unknown ChaplinTV Mini-Series documentary music arranger - 2 episodes, 1983 composer - 1 episode, 1983
The Hound of the Baskervilles1982TV Mini-Series conductor - 4 episodes
The French Lieutenant's Woman1981conductor - uncredited
Hollywood1980TV Mini-Series documentary music - 1 episode
Wuthering Heights1978TV Mini-Series conductor - 5 episodes
Man Friday1975conductor
Sadie, It's Cold Outside1975TV Series composer - 1 episode
The World at War1974TV Mini-Series documentary music - 1 episode
The National Health1973conductor / music adaptor - uncredited
Rentadick1972conductor / music arranger
The Chastity Belt1972conductor
The Snow Goose1971TV Movie conductor
I, Monster1971conductor - uncredited
Up Pompeii1971conductor
Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition1970conductor
Bedtime1967Short musician: piano
The Other World of Winston Churchill1964TV Movie documentary conductor
City Lights1931musical director - 1988 recording of Chaplin's score
A Woman of Affairs1928conductor: new score - uncredited
Show People1928conductor: new score - 1982
The Wind1928conductor - 1983 alternate version
Speedy1928conductor: The Live Cinema Orchestra - 1992 alternate version
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg1927conductor - 1986 alternate version
The Kid Brother1927music conductor: Orchestra of Radio-Television Luxembourg - 1990 alternate version
Flesh and the Devil1926conductor - 1988 sound version
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ1925conductor - 1987 restored version
The Big Parade1925music composed and conducted by - 1988 Turner print
The Thief of Bagdad1924music score - 1984 / orchestrator - 1984 score
Safety Last!1923music conductor: The Live Cinema Orchestra - 1990 alternate version
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse1921music conductor: Radio-Télé-Luxembourg Symphony Orchestra - 1993 alternate version
Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl1919conductor - 1983 version / music adaptor - 1983 version / music arranger - 1983 version
The Understudy2008conductor
Garbo2005Documentary conductor / orchestrator
An Angel for May2002TV Movie conductor
Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces2000TV Movie documentary composer: additional music "The Phantom of the Opera"

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Very British Romance2015TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Mademoiselle C2013Documentary writer: "Grand Garden Party"
Are You Here2013performer: "The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze"
Upstairs Downstairs2010-2012TV Series performer - 8 episodes
Hugo2011writer: "Score excerpts from the motion picture tt0014429"
Lost in Austen2008TV Mini-Series 1 episode
The Omid Djalili Show2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pride and Prejudice Revisited2005TV Movie documentary "Winter into Spring"
Head of State2003writer: "A Woman Needs to Be Loved"
Pootie Tang2001"A Woman Needs To Be Loved"
Pride and Prejudice1995TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Champions1984music: "Sometimes"
Rentadick1972music: "Rentadick"
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse1921music: "Apocalypse Theme" 1993

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Florence Foster Jenkins2016Orlando Adams
The Understudy2008Mr. Davidovitz
The Queen's Nose1998-2000TV SeriesChoral Plant
Private Schulz1981TV SeriesPianist at Salon Kitty
In the Looking Glass1978TV SeriesVarious
The End of the Pier Show1974TV Series
Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition1970Composer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In the Looking Glass1978TV Series 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Understudy2008executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters1988TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Breakfast2009-2011TV SeriesHimself - Composer and Conductor / Himself - Conductor
Cash in the Celebrity Attic2009TV SeriesHimself
Cranford in Detail2009Video documentary shortHimself - Composer
News 24 Sunday2007TV SeriesHimself
Sunday AM2007TV Series
Scoring for Comedy2005Video documentary shortHimself
Breakfast with Frost2005TV SeriesHimself
There's Only One Paul McCartney2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Masterchef1995TV SeriesHimself
Great Performances1991TV SeriesHimself (conductor)
Ghosts of the Past1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
French and Saunders1990TV SeriesHimself
The South Bank Show1990TV Series documentaryHimself
A Song for Europe1990TV MovieHimself - Judge
This Is Your Life1986-1989TV Series documentaryHimself
Good Morning Britain1983TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Saturday Night at the Mill1981TV SeriesHimself
Up Sunday1973TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003Special AwardBAFTA Awards
1992Joseph Plateau Music AwardJoseph Plateau Awards
1982Anthony Asquith Award for Film MusicBAFTA AwardsThe French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
1981BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Original Television MusicThe Merchant of Venice (1980)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Original Television MusicCranford (2007)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme MusicCovington Cross (1992)
1987BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Original Television MusicScreen Two (1985)
1986BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Original Television MusicSilas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (1985)
1985BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Original Television MusicThe Far Pavilions (1984)
1983GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television SpecialThe French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
1982BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Original Television MusicWinston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Music Composition - For a Special ProgramThe Snow Goose (1971)


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