Alex Heffes


Alex Heffes is a Golden Globe nominated composer known for his scores to movies such as The Last King of Scotland, Mandela Long Walk to Freedom and State of Play. It was his scores to Kevin Macdonald’s Academy Award-winning films One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland and BAFTA-winning Touching The Void that first brought him to international attention. Alongside his long collaboration with Macdonald, he has worked with many of cinema’s top filmmakers such as Stephen Frears (The Program), Mira Nair (Queen of Katwe), Catherine Hardwicke (Miss Bala) and JJ Abrams (11.22.63). Notable TV scores include Black Mirror (Netflix) and the 8 hour reboot of the TV classic ROOTS.

Alex is known for his range, having scored horror in Anthony Hopkins’ The Rite, fantasy in Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood, WW II drama in Peter Webber’s Emperor and action in The Take (Idris Elba). He also worked closely with director Tim Burton on his adaptation of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

He has scored two Academy Award winning feature documentaries – Inside Job (Charles Ferguson) and One Day In September (Kevin Macdonald). Notable nature documentary projects includes Earth: One Amazing Day (BBC Earth) and The Elephant Queen for Apple.
Alex’s many awards and nominations include a Golden Globe nomination and a BAFTA nomination for the HBO drama Tsunami: The Aftermath. He won the Ivor Novello Award for best film score of the year for The First Grader and his score to Roots won the HMMA for best TV score of the year. In 2016 he was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Current work includes the BBC mini series A Suitable Boy directed by Mira Nair and WWI drama The 24th written and directed by Kevin Wilmott.