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 47)
Inverness, Scotland
GenresFilm scores, video game score, electronic, new age, ambient, rock, alternative rock, jazz
Occupation(s)Composer, music producer
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar
Years active1999–present
WebsiteLorne Balfe

Lorne Balfe (born 23 February 1976) is a British composer and record 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, the DreamWorks Animation films Home and Penguins of Madagascar, as well as the video games Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Assassin's Creed III, Crysis 2, Skylanders, the Call of Duty franchise and the new fanfare for Skydance Media, which debuted in The Adam Project. 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 was born in Inverness, Scotland.[1] He went to Fettes College in Edinburgh, where he had a music scholarship.[2]


Feature films[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2004 Crazy in Love Matt Routledge United Home Entertainment
Studio Bangkok Entertainment Co. Ltd.
2009 Crying with Laughter Justin Molotnikov Brit Films
Cinetic Rights Management
Nominated - World Soundtrack Award for Discovery of the Year
2010 Megamind Tom McGrath Paramount Pictures
DreamWorks Animation
Pacific Data Images
Composed with Hans Zimmer
2011 The Dilemma Ron Howard Universal Pictures
Imagine Entertainment
Spyglass Entertainment
Ironclad Jonathan English Warner Bros. Pictures
2012 The Sweeney Nick Love Entertainment One
Vertigo Films
2013 The Frozen Ground Scott Walker Lionsgate
Red Wing Will Wallace Gravitas Ventures
Side by Side Arthur Landon Newtide Films
Nanny Films
Not Another Happy Ending John McKay Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
Synchronicity Films Ltd.
British Film Company
Composed with Dan Michaelson
2014 Son of God Christopher Spencer 20th Century Fox
Lightworkers Media
Composed with Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard
Blackwood Adam Wimpenny Wildcard Films
Words with Gods Guillermo Arriaga Segment: "God's Blood"
Gloria Christian Keller Picturehouse Nominated – Ariel Award for Best Original Score
Penguins of Madagascar Eric Darnell
Simon J. Smith
20th Century Fox
DreamWorks Animation
First solo work on a DreamWorks film without Hans Zimmer
2015 Home Tim Johnson Composed with Stargate
Bone in the Throat Graham Henman Upload Films
Hello and Company
Dignity Film Finance
Dough John Goldschmidt
Terminator Genisys Alan Taylor Paramount Pictures
Skydance Productions
Replaced Christophe Beck
Terminator themes by Brad Fiedel
Sommeren '92 Kasper Barfoed SF Film Composed with Jeppe Kaas
Captive Jerry Jameson Paramount Pictures
American Hero Nick Love Screen Media Films
Vertigo Films
2016 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Michael Bay Paramount Pictures
3 Arts Entertainment
Bay Films
War on Everyone John Michael McDonagh Icon Film Distribution
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Chris McKay Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Animation Group
DC Entertainment
RatPac Entertainment
Lego System A/S
Ghost in the Shell Rupert Sanders Paramount Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
Composed with Clint Mansell
Churchill Jonathan Teplitzky Lionsgate
The Florida Project Sean Baker A24
Cre Film
Freestyle Picture Company
June Pictures
Orchestral version of "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang
Geostorm Dean Devlin Warner Bros. Pictures
Skydance Media
Replaced Pinar Toprak
2018 12 Strong Nicolai Fuglsig Warner Bros. Pictures
Alcon Entertainment
Black Label Media
Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Torridon Films
The Hurricane Heist Rob Cohen Entertainment Studios
Pacific Rim Uprising Steven S. DeKnight Universal Pictures
Legendary Pictures
Double Dare You Productions
Replaced John Paesano
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Christopher McQuarrie Paramount Pictures
Skydance Media
Bad Robot Productions
Mission: Impossible themes by Lalo Schifrin
2019 Georgetown Christoph Waltz Vertical Entertainment
Paramount Pictures
Gemini Man Ang Lee Paramount Pictures
Skydance Media
Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Replaced Marco Beltrami
Jungleland Max Winkler Vertical Entertainment
Romulus Entertainment
Scott Free Productions
Military Wives Peter Cattaneo Lionsgate
6 Underground Michael Bay Netflix
Skydance Media
2020 Bad Boys for Life Adil El Arbi
Bilall Fallah
Columbia Pictures
Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Bad Boys themes by Mark Mancina
Songbird Adam Mason STXfilms
2021 Outside the Wire Mikael Håfström Netflix
The Tomorrow War Chris McKay Amazon Studios
Paramount Pictures
Skydance Media
Black Widow Cate Shortland Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Marvel Studios
Replaced Alexandre Desplat[3]
The Forgiven John Michael McDonagh Focus Features
Silent Night Camille Griffin RLJE Films
Rumble Hamish Grieve Paramount Pictures
Paramount Animation
WWE Studios
2022 Infinite Storm Małgorzata Szumowska
Michał Englert
Bleecker Street
Ambulance Michael Bay[4] Universal Pictures Additional Music by Adam Price
Top Gun: Maverick Joseph Kosinski Paramount Pictures
Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Skydance Media
Score producer
Composed by Harold Faltermeyer, Hans Zimmer and Lady Gaga
Secret Headquarters Henry Joost
Ariel Schulman
Paramount Pictures
Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Replaced Rob Simonsen[5]
Black Adam Jaume Collet-Serra Warner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
DC Films
Seven Bucks Productions
Ticket to Paradise Ol Parker Universal Pictures
Working Title Films
Smokehouse Pictures
Red Om Films
2023 Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Jonathan Goldstein
John Francis Daley
Paramount Pictures
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One Christopher McQuarrie[6] Paramount Pictures
Skydance Media
Mission: Impossible themes by Lalo Schifrin
2024 Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two
TBA Argylle Matthew Vaughn Apple TV+
Slingshot Mikael Håfström Astral Pictures

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
2003 Mimic 3: Sentinel J. T. Petty
2004 Incident at Loch Ness Zak Penn
Laura's Star Piet De Rycker
Thilo Rothkirch [de]
Hans Zimmer
Henning Lohner
Nick Glennie-Smith
2005 Hellraiser: Deader Rick Bota Henning Lohner
BloodRayne Uwe Boll
Santa's Slay David Steiman Uncredited
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Steve Box
Nick Park
Julian Nott
2006 The Da Vinci Code Ron Howard Hans Zimmer
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Gore Verbinski
The Killing of John Lennon Andrew Piddington Martin Kiszko
The Holiday Nancy Meyers Hans Zimmer
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Gore Verbinski
Transformers Michael Bay Steve Jablonsky
The Simpsons Movie David Silverman Hans Zimmer
Bee Movie Simon J. Smith

Steve Hickner

Rupert Gregson-Williams
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
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Michael Bay Steve Jablonsky
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
2013 The Lone Ranger Gore Verbinski
Rush Ron Howard
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

Documentary films[edit]

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

Short films[edit]

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


Year Title Notes
2004 Shoebox Zoo[7]
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
2019–2022 His Dark Materials[8]
2020 Pennyworth
2021 Dopesick Miniseries
2021 The Wheel of Time Replaced David Buckley
2022 Man vs. Bee
2022 Mayflies

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
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
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
2014 Skylanders: Trap Team
2015 Skylanders: SuperChargers
Honor of Kings Composed with Hans Zimmer, Duncan Watt & Jeff Broadbent
2016 Skylanders: Imaginators
2018 FIFA 19 Composed with Hans Zimmer[9]


  1. ^ Glen, Louise (19 July 2021). "Inverness composer Lorne Balfe is raffling Black Widow signed score for Highland Hospice at only £10 a try". The Inverness Courier. Retrieved 8 November 2022.
  2. ^ "Composing a career of note in LA". The Scotsman. 9 July 2002. Archived from the original on 24 September 2019.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Lorne Balfe Scoring Michael Bay's 'Ambulance'". Film Music Reporter. 4 August 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Lorne Balfe Scoring Henry Joost's & Ariel Schulman's 'Secret Headquarters' | Film Music Reporter".
  6. ^ "Lorne Balfe to Return for Christopher McQuarrie's 'Mission: Impossible 7 & 8' | Film Music Reporter". Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Lorne Balfe to Score BBC's & HBO's 'His Dark Materials'". Film Music Reporter. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  9. ^ 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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