Atticus Ross
Ross (right) working with Trent Reznor in 2006
Ross (right) working with Trent Reznor in 2006
Background information
Birth nameAtticus Matthew Cowper Ross
Born (1968-01-16) 16 January 1968 (age 55)
London, England
  • Musician
  • composer
  • record producer
  • audio engineer
  • Keyboards
  • synthesizer
Years active1992–present
Member of
Formerly of

Atticus Matthew Cowper Ross (born 16 January 1968) is an English musician, record producer, composer, and audio engineer. Along with Trent Reznor, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Social Network in 2010. In 2013, the pair won a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for their soundtrack to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In 2021, alongside Jon Batiste, they won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for the soundtrack for Pixar's Soul.

Ross began working with Reznor on the latter's side project Tapeworm in 2002. He later worked with Reznor's band Nine Inch Nails, first as a programmer and producer in 2005, and became the only official member of the band outside of Reznor in 2016.

Ross was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Nine Inch Nails in 2020.

Early life

Atticus Matthew Cowper Ross was born in the Ladbroke Grove area of London on 16 January 1968,[1] the son of Ian Cowper Ross, a founder of Radio Caroline,[2] and Roxana Rose Catherine Naila, daughter of diplomat Miles Lampson, 1st Baron Killearn.[3] He has five siblings, including fashion model Liberty Ross and fellow musician Leopold Ross.[4] His great-grandfather was Italian pathologist and bacteriologist Aldo Castellani,[4] and his uncle is British-American journalist Charles Glass.[2] Ross was educated at Eton College[2] and later at the Courtauld Institute of Art.[5]



Ross came to notice in the mid-1990s as a programmer for Tim Simenon's Bomb the Bass during the period of the albums Unknown Territory and Clear. He worked on a number of production and remix projects with Simenon, as well as forming a collaborative relationship with Barry Adamson. He programmed The Negro Inside Me and Oedipus Schmoedipus, and produced As Above So Below before forming his own band, 12 Rounds, with his wife Claudia Sarne and Adam Holden. They released two albums, Jitterjuice and My Big Hero. A third full-length album was produced by Trent Reznor, but was ultimately never finished.[citation needed] Three songs from that album have since been released on the band's website.[6]

Ross moved to the United States in 2000, and as of 2002 was working alongside Reznor for his side project Tapeworm. He has been credited as a producer and/or programmer on the Nine Inch Nails albums With Teeth, Year Zero, Ghosts I–IV (on which he was a co-writer), The Slip, and Hesitation Marks. He has worked with Reznor in numerous other capacities, including work with Saul Williams and Zack de la Rocha, and they co-produced tracks for a reformed Jane's Addiction with Alan Moulder in 2009.

Ross (left) with Nine Inch Nails in 2018

Other work has included two co-productions with Joe Barresi, the Loverman EP Human Nurture and Coheed and Cambria's Year of the Black Rainbow, as well as albums for Korn. He has also produced tracks or created remixes for such artists as Grace Jones, Perry Farrell, and Telepathe. In May 2010, he appeared in a cryptic video[7] and was named as a member of a secret project,[8] later revealed to be How to Destroy Angels, a collaboration between Reznor and his wife Mariqueen Maandig.[9][10][11] In 2016, Ross composed an original score titled 'The Journey' for FIFA 17's new single-player story campaign mode.[12] In 2020, he co-produced and co-wrote one track on Jehnny Beth's To Love Is to Live. In 2021, Ross and Reznor produced and co-wrote Halsey's album If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power.

Film and television scores

Ross' work in film music began in 2004 when he scored the Hughes Brothers' TV series Touching Evil with his wife Claudia Sarne and brother Leopold Ross. He has since provided music for two further Hughes Brothers projects: Allen Hughes' vignette in the film New York, I Love You, and Ross' first feature film, The Book of Eli (2010). The latter's score was released through Reprise Records on 12 January 2010. It won at the BMI Awards and earned Ross a nomination as "Discovery of the Year" at the 2010 World Soundtrack Awards.

On 1 July 2010, Reznor announced that he and Ross were scoring David Fincher's new film The Social Network. The film's soundtrack was released on 28 September 2010, and was highly praised.[13] On 16 January 2011, they won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for their score to The Social Network.[14] On 27 February, they received the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Social Network. Ross and Reznor again collaborated on the soundtrack to Fincher's 2011 film Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. In 2013, the pair won the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for their Girl with the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack.

Ross was slated to work on the 2013 samurai epic 47 Ronin, but was soon replaced by Javier Navarrete.[15] Ross and Reznor again teamed up with Fincher to score his 2014 film Gone Girl. In 2016, Ross and Reznor, along with composer Gustavo Santaolalla and the band Mogwai, collaborated to create the score to the documentary film Before the Flood.[16]

In June 2017, Ross, along with Reznor, Maandig, Robin Finck, Joey Castillo, and Alessandro Cortini, appeared as "The Nine Inch Nails" in Episode 8 of Twin Peaks: The Return on Showtime, performing an alternative live rendition of the song "She's Gone Away" which previously appeared on Nine Inch Nails' 2016 EP Not the Actual Events.[17]

In 2021, Reznor, Ross, and Jon Batiste won the Golden Globe for the soundtrack for Soul.[18]

Personal life

Ross and his wife, singer Claudia Sarne, have three children and live in Los Angeles.


Musical scores


Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2008 New York, I Love You Various Vivendi Entertainment Segment #6
Composed with Claudia Sarne and Leopold Ross
2010 The Book of Eli Hughes brothers Warner Bros. Pictures
Summit Entertainment
Composed with Claudia Sarne and Leopold Ross
The Social Network David Fincher Columbia Pictures Composed with Trent Reznor
2011 Days of Grace Everardo Gout ARP Sélection Composed with Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Leopold Ross, Claudia Sarne & Shigeru Umebayashi
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo David Fincher Columbia Pictures Composed with Trent Reznor
2013 Broken City Allen Hughes 20th Century Fox Composed with Claudia Sarne and Leopold Ross
2014 Love & Mercy Bill Pohlad Lionsgate
Roadside Attractions
Gone Girl David Fincher 20th Century Fox Composed with Trent Reznor
2015 Blackhat Michael Mann Universal Pictures Composed with Harry Gregson-Williams and Leo Ross
Crocodile Gennadiy Steve Hoover Roco Films Composed with Bobby Krlic and Leopold Ross
2016 Triple 9 John Hillcoat Open Road Films Composed with Bobby Krlic, Leopold Ross and Claudia Sarne
Visions of Harmony[19] Joe Sill Composed with Trent Reznor
Before the Flood Fisher Stevens National Geographic Composed with Gustavo Santaolalla, Trent Reznor, and Mogwai
Patriots Day Peter Berg Lionsgate Composed with Trent Reznor
2017 The Black Ghiandola Catherine Hardwicke
Theodore Melfi
Sam Raimi
Short film
Composed with Trent Reznor
Death Note Adam Wingard Netflix Composed with Leopold Ross
2018 Mid90s Jonah Hill A24 Composed with Trent Reznor
A Million Little Pieces Sam Taylor-Johnson Entertainment One Composed with Leopold Ross and Claudia Sarne
Corazón[20] John Hillcoat Serial Pictures
Bird Box Susanne Bier Netflix Composed with Trent Reznor
2019 Waves Trey Edward Shults A24
Earthquake Bird Wash Westmoreland Netflix Composed with Leopold Ross and Claudia Sarne
2020 Soul Pete Docter Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Composed with Trent Reznor
Mank David Fincher Netflix
2022 Bones and All Luca Guadagnino Warner Bros. Pictures
Empire of Light Sam Mendes Searchlight Pictures
2023 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Jeff Rowe Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
The Killer David Fincher Netflix
2024 Challengers Luca Guadagnino Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


Year Title Original channel(s) Notes
2004 Touching Evil USA Network Composed with Leopold Ross and Claudia Sarne
2015 Fear the Walking Dead AMC
2016–2017 Outcast Cinemax Composed with Leopold Ross and Claudia Sarne
2017 The Defiant Ones HBO
The Vietnam War PBS Composed with Trent Reznor
Black Mirror Netflix "Crocodile" (season 4, episode 3)
Composed with Leopold Ross and Claudia Sarne
2019 Watchmen HBO Composed with Trent Reznor
2020 Dispatches from Elsewhere AMC Composed with Leopold Ross and Claudia Sarne
2021 Dr. Death Peacock Composed with Leopold Ross and Nick Chuba

Video game

Year Title Studio(s) Notes
2016 FIFA 17 EA Sports

Nine Inch Nails




  1. ^ Ross, Atticus (June 2010). "How To Destroy Angels Official Blog". Tumblr. Archived from the original on 15 January 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
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  3. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 107th edition, vol. 2, ed. Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage Ltd, 2003, p. 2152
  4. ^ a b Buckley, Cat (30 October 2013). "The Liberty Ross Family: Meet the Oscar Winners, Scientists, and Rock Stars Related to the Model". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
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  7. ^ "02". Retrieved 3 October 2014.
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  9. ^ Aditham, Kiran (27 April 2010). "How to Destroy Angels=Trent Reznor + Wife?". Prefix. Archived from the original on 6 May 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
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  12. ^ "Making EA SPORTS™ FIFA 17 The Journey". 13 September 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Road to the Oscars: Best Original Score;". 11 February 2011. Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  14. ^ "2011 Golden Globe Award Winners". Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  15. ^ "Javier Navarrete to Score '47 Ronin' – Film Music Reporter". Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  16. ^ DeFore, John (9 September 2016). "'Before the Flood': Film Review – TIFF 2016". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  17. ^ Kreps, Daniel (26 June 2017). "See Nine Inch Nails Perform 'She's Gone Away' on 'Twin Peaks's". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste Win Best Original Score at Golden Globes 2021 for Soul". Pitchfork. March 2021.
  19. ^ "Watch "Visions of Harmony" posted by Apple Music Electronic on Apple Music". iTunes. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Corazón official website". 27 April 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2019.