In addition to being recognized for producing two of Zimmer's Oscar-nominated scores, Sherlock Holmes and Inception, Lorne has also received significant recognition for his work in the United Kingdom. In 2009, Lorne was nominated for the Discovery of the Year World Soundtrack Award for his score for BAFTA award- winning Crying with Laughter and he was nominated for the prestigious Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award.
Balfe began his career in Hollywood providing additional music on several major motion pictures, including: the Pirates of the Caribbean II, and III, The Simpsons Movie, Angels & Demons, Iron Man, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He also composed additional music on the 2009 Golden Globe nominated film Frost/Nixon. Complimented by his additional music, Balfe's role as a score producer on 2008′s The Dark Knight earned Lorne a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture.
In 2009, Balfe was music producer and composer of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 videogame, and score producer for Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, which earned a 2010 Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. Only a year later, in 2011, Balfe produced the score for Christopher Nolan's Inception, which also earned a Oscar nomination for Best Original Score.
In more recent years, Balfe has composed additional music for The Dark Knight, Inception, Rango, Kung Fu Panda 2, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Madagascar 3, and 2012′s The Dark Knight Rises.
Balfe's recent solo projects have kept him hard at work in the UK, composing for Ironclad, The Sweeney, and the upcoming films, Not Another Happy Ending and Side by Side. His music will also be featured in the upcoming BBC and Sundance Channel TV mini-series, Restless, starring Hayley Atwell and Rufus Sewell. In the US, Lorne has recently worked alongside director, Scott Walker for the upcoming film, The Frozen Ground, starring John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens.
When he hasn't been composing for film, Balfe has found additional footing in the video game world. In 2011, Balfe composed alongside Jesper Kyd for the game, Assassin's Creed: Revelations and earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Original Music. A year later in 2012, Balfe was already hard at work composing as a solo composer for Skylanders: Giants and the newly released, Assassin's Creed III.