Lorne Balfe

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Lorne Balfe
Balfe in 2007
Balfe in 2007
Background information
Also known asOswin Mackintosh
Born (1976-02-23) 23 February 1976 (age 45)
Inverness, Scotland, UK
GenresFilm scores, video game score, electronic, new age, ambient, rock, alternative rock, jazz
Occupation(s)Composer, music producer
InstrumentsKeyboards, guitar
Years active1999–present
Associated actsHans Zimmer, Remote Control Productions
WebsiteLorne Balfe

Lorne Balfe (born 23 February 1976) is a Scottish composer and producer of film, television, and video game scores. A veteran of Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions, Balfe is known for his composing music for big-budget films like 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Terminator Genisys, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and the DreamWorks animated films Home and Penguins of Madagascar, as well as the video games Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Assassin's Creed III, Crysis 2, Skylanders and the Call of Duty franchise. He has also scored the television series The Bible, Marcella, The Crown, and Genius, the latter for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.

Balfe went to Fettes College in Edinburgh, where he had a music scholarship.[1]


Feature films[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Notes
2004 Crazy in Love Matt Routledge N/A
2009 Crying with Laughter Justin Molotnikov Nominated- World Soundtrack Award for Discovery of the Year
2010 Megamind Tom McGrath Composed with Hans Zimmer
2011 The Dilemma Ron Howard
Ironclad Jonathan English N/A
2012 The Sweeney Nick Love N/A
2013 The Frozen Ground Scott Walker N/A
Red Wing Will Wallace N/A
Side by Side Arthur Landon N/A
Not Another Happy Ending John McKay Composed with Dan Michaelson
2014 Son of God Christopher Spencer Composed with Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard
Blackwood Adam Wimpenny N/A
Words with Gods Guillermo Arriaga Segment: "God's Blood"
Gloria Christian Keller N/A
Penguins of Madagascar Eric Darnell
Simon J. Smith
First solo work on a DreamWorks film without Hans Zimmer
2015 Home Tim Johnson Composed with Stargate
Bone in the Throat Graham Henman N/A
Dough John Goldschmidt N/A
Terminator Genisys Alan Taylor Replaced Christophe Beck
Terminator themes by Brad Fiedel
Sommeren '92 Kasper Barfoed Composed with Jeppe Kaas
Captive Jerry Jameson N/A
American Hero Nick Love N/A
2016 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Michael Bay N/A
War on Everyone John Michael McDonagh N/A
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Chris McKay N/A
Ghost in the Shell Rupert Sanders Composed with Clint Mansell
Churchill Jonathan Teplitzky N/A
The Florida Project Sean Baker Orchestral version of "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang
Geostorm Dean Devlin Replaced Pinar Toprak
2018 12 Strong Nicolai Fuglsig N/A
The Hurricane Heist Rob Cohen N/A
Pacific Rim: Uprising Steven S. DeKnight Replaced John Paesano
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Christopher McQuarrie Mission: Impossible themes by Lalo Schifrin
2019 Georgetown Christoph Waltz N/A
Gemini Man Ang Lee Replaced Marco Beltrami
Jungleland Max Winkler N/A
Military Wives Peter Cattaneo N/A
6 Underground Michael Bay N/A
2020 Bad Boys for Life Adil El Arbi
Bilall Fallah
Songbird Adam Mason N/A
2021 Outside the Wire Mikael Håfström N/A
The Tomorrow War Chris McKay N/A
Black Widow Cate Shortland Replaced Alexandre Desplat[2]
The Forgiven John Michael McDonagh N/A
2022 Ambulance Michael Bay[3]
Rumble Hamish Grieve
Mission: Impossible 7 Christopher McQuarrie[4]
2023 Mission: Impossible 8
TBA Silent Night Camille Griffin N/A
TBA Argylle Matthew Vaughn

As composer of additional music[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Composer(s) Notes
2002 666 – Traue keinem, mit dem du schläfst! Rainer Matsutani Henning Lohner N/A
2003 Mimic 3: Sentinel J. T. Petty N/A
2004 Incident at Loch Ness Zak Penn N/A
Laura's Star Piet De Rycker
Thilo Rothkirch
Hans Zimmer
Henning Lohner
Nick Glennie-Smith
2005 Hellraiser: Deader Rick Bota Henning Lohner N/A
BloodRayne Uwe Boll N/A
Santa's Slay David Steiman Uncredited
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Steve Box
Nick Park
Julian Nott N/A
2006 The Da Vinci Code Ron Howard Hans Zimmer N/A
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Gore Verbinski N/A
The Killing of John Lennon Andrew Piddington Martin Kiszko
The Holiday Nancy Meyers Hans Zimmer N/A
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Gore Verbinski N/A
Transformers Michael Bay Steve Jablonsky N/A
The Simpsons Movie David Silverman Hans Zimmer N/A
Bee Movie Simon J. Smith

Steve Hickner

Rupert Gregson-Williams N/A
2008 Iron Man Jon Favreau Ramin Djawadi Also arranger
The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan Hans Zimmer

James Newton Howard

Frost/Nixon Ron Howard Hans Zimmer Also orchestrator
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Eric Darnell
Tom McGrath
2009 Angels & Demons Ron Howard N/A
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Michael Bay Steve Jablonsky N/A
Sherlock Holmes Guy Ritchie Hans Zimmer Also score producer
2010 Inception Christopher Nolan
2011 Rango Gore Verbinski
Kung Fu Panda 2 Jennifer Yuh Nelson Hans Zimmer
John Powell
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Guy Ritchie Hans Zimmer Also score producer
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Eric Darnell
Conrad Vernon
Tom McGrath
The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan N/A
2013 The Lone Ranger Gore Verbinski N/A
Rush Ron Howard N/A
Captain Phillips Paul Greengrass Henry Jackman Uncredited
2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Alessandro Carloni
Hans Zimmer Also score producer
2017 Dunkirk Christopher Nolan
2019 Looking Up Deng Chao Steffen Thum Also executive score producer
Ad Astra James Gray Max Richter N/A

Documentary films[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Notes
2013 Girl Rising Richard Robbins N/A
Salinger Shane Salerno N/A
2014 Manny Leon Gast
Ryan Moore
The Last Man on the Moon Mark Craig N/A
Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist James Erskine N/A
Above and Beyond Roberta Grossman N/A
2016 Le Mans: 3D James Erskine N/A
The Fresco Fiasco Victoria Wimpenny N/A
2018 Studio 54 Matt Tyrnauer N/A
2019 Where's My Roy Cohn? N/A
2020 Rebuilding Paradise Ron Howard Composed With Hans Zimmer

Short films[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Notes
2002 Cigarette Oliver Moran N/A
2003 Loved, Alone Indra Bhose N/A
2010 Uganda: Friends of the Gorilla Rachel Layne McDonald N/A
Sodales Jessica Biel N/A
2011 When You Find Me Bryce Dallas Howard N/A
J.A.W. Nate Parker N/A
2013 Evermore Biz Stone N/A
Making a Scene Janusz Kamiński N/A
The Championship Rounds Daniel Stine N/A
2014 Almost Home Todd Wilderman N/A
2015 Wasted Beauty Martin Paves N/A
2016 Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll Rodolphe Guenoden Composed with John Powell & Hans Zimmer
Alibi Cameron Burnett N/A
2017 Them Nate James Williams N/A
Rakka Neill Blomkamp Main composer
Adam: The Mirror
Happy Birthday to Me Michael Reilly Composed with Max Aruj


Year Title Notes
2004 Shoebox Zoo[5]
2005-06 Nova Documentary series
2006-07 How to Look Good Naked
2007 The Science of Superstorms
River City Main theme by Hard Todd
2009 WWII in HD Documentary series
2012 Restless
2013 The Bible Miniseries
Composed with Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard
2014 The Driver
2015 Sons of Liberty Miniseries
Main theme composed by Hans Zimmer
A.D. The Bible Continues Miniseries
Composed with Hans Zimmer
Saints & Strangers Miniseries
2016 The Story of God with Morgan Freeman Documentary series
2016-18 The Investigator: A British Crime Story
2017 Le Mans: Racing Is Everything Documentary series
The Crown Main theme composed by Hans Zimmer
Composed with Rupert Gregson-Williams
2017–present Genius Main theme composed with Hans Zimmer

Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music

2018 The Cry Miniseries
2019 This is Football Documentary series
2019–present His Dark Materials[6]
2020 Pennyworth
2021 The Wheel of Time TV Show

Video games[edit]

Year Title Notes
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Composed with Hans Zimmer

Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Original Score
Nominated- IMFCA Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media

2011 Rango N/A
Crysis 2 Main theme composed by Hans Zimmer
Composed with Borislav Slavov, Hans Zimmer & Tilman Sillescu
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Main theme composed by Hans Zimmer
Additional music by Andrew Kawczynski & Pete Adams
Assassin's Creed: Revelations Cinematics and multiplayer music with Jesper Kyd

Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Original Music

2012 Skylanders: Giants N/A
Assassin's Creed III Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Original Music
2013 Beyond: Two Souls Finished score due to the death of Normand Corbeil

Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Original Music
Nominated- IMFCA Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media

Skylanders: Swap Force N/A
2014 Skylanders: Trap Team N/A
2015 Skylanders: SuperChargers N/A
Honor of Kings Composed with Hans Zimmer, Duncan Watt & Jeff Broadbent
2016 Skylanders: Imaginators N/A
2018 FIFA 19 Composed with Hans Zimmer


  1. ^ "Composing a career of note in LA". The Scotsman. 9 July 2002.
  2. ^ Erlich, David (21 May 2020). "Alexandre Desplat on Wes Anderson's Amazing 'French Dispatch' and del Toro's Musical 'Pinocchio'". IndieWire. Archived from the original on 22 May 2020. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Lorne Balfe Scoring Michael Bay's 'Ambulance'". Film Music Reporter. 4 August 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Lorne Balfe to Return for Christopher McQuarrie's 'Mission: Impossible 7 & 8' | Film Music Reporter". Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  5. ^ Lorne Balfe [@Lornebalfe] (18 August 2016). "#TBT Shoebox Zoo for the BBC . This was my first TV show . Listen to the main theme" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Lorne Balfe to Score BBC's & HBO's 'His Dark Materials'". Film Music Reporter. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  7. ^ Hopkins, Tom (31 August 2018). "Full FIFA 19 Soundtrack Revealed; Hans Zimmer Working on The Journey's Score". Twinfinite. Retrieved 31 August 2018.

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