Simon Hayes
OccupationSound engineer
Years active1995-present
  • Conch Award for Production Sound Mixer of the year, 2008
  • Satellite Award for Best Sound (Editing and Mixing), 2012 [Satellite2012]
  • CAS Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing, 2013
  • BAFTA for Best Sound, Les Misérables, 2013
  • Oscar for Best Sound Mixing, Les Misérables, 2013

Simon Hayes is a British sound engineer.[1] Hayes won an Academy Award for Best Sound at the 85th Academy Awards for his work on Les Misérables.[2] He won a BAFTA for Best Sound for the same film.[3] In 2022, the 94th Academy Awards included Hayes as a nominee for Best Sound Mixing for his work on No Time to Die.[4]


After starting work as a runner for a Commercials production company when he was 16 years old, Simon Hayes moved into the sound department as an assistant and then boom operator, before mixing his first feature film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels at the age of 27.[1][5] Hayes was the production sound mixer for the 2012 epic period musical film Les Misérables, for which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded him the Oscar for Best Sound Mixing at the 85th Academy Awards, alongside Andy Nelson and Mark Paterson.[2] The director Tom Hooper required all singing in the film to be recorded live, which was widely deemed to be impracticable.[6] Hayes and his team undertook complex recording, editing and mixing processes to achieve Hooper's aim. They captured recordings of the actors amidst loud film sets, edited the vocals, then overdubbed the orchestration.[6][7]




BFI Filmography[5]
Year Title Role
1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Sound Recordist
1999 Fanny & Elvis Production Sound Mixer
2000 Snatch Sound Mixer
2002 Birthday Girl Additional Shooting Crew UK
2002 Mean Machine Sound Mixer
2003 Swept Away Production sound mixer
2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Production Sound Mixer
2004 Layer Cake Sound Mixer
2004 Shaun of the Dead Sound Recordist
2004 The Calcium Kid Production Sound Mixer
2005 Nanny McPhee Production Sound Mixer
2005 Revolver Sound Recordist
2006 Sixty Six “A True…Ish Story” Production Sound Mixer
2007 28 Weeks Later Production Sound Mixer
2007 Copying Beethoven Production Sound Mixer
2007 Stardust Production Sound Mixer
2008 Incendiary Production Sound Mixer
2008 Mamma Mia! Production Sound Mixer
2008 The Bank Job Production Sound Mixer
2009 Franklyn Production Sound Mixer
2009 Harry Brown Production Sound Mixer
2009 Lesbian Vampire Killers Production Sound Mixer
2010 Green Zone Production Sound Mixer
2010 Kick-Ass Production Sound Mixer
2010 Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Production Sound Mixer
2011 X-Men: First Class Production Sound Mixer
2012 Bel Ami Production Sound Mixer
2012 Prometheus Production Sound Mixer
2012 Les Misérables Production Sound Mixer
2013 The Counselor Production Sound Mixer
2013 Trance Production Sound Mixer
2014 Before I Go to Sleep Production Sound Mixer
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Production Sound Mixer
2015 Kingsman: The Secret Service Production Sound Mixer
2016 Allied Production Sound Mixer
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Production Sound Mixer
2017 The Legend of Tarzan Production Sound Mixer
2017 Eat Locals Sound Consultant
2017 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Production Sound Mixer
2017 Life Production Sound Mixer
2018 Cats Production Sound Mixer
2019 Aladdin Production Sound Mixer
2019 Yesterday Production Sound Mixer
2021 No Time to Die Production Sound Mixer

Personal life

Hayes is a 4th degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt and coaches at Carlson Gracie London.[12][13] He also holds a 2nd dan blackbelt in Judo.[14] Hayes raced BMX in the 1980s winning the 1985 European BMX Championships in Barcelona.[15]


  1. ^ a b "Simon Hayes, Production Sound Mixer, Les Misérables". dpamicrophones. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Oscars 2013: Full list of winners". BBC News. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Winner Les Miserables". BAFTA. Retrieved 30 May 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ a b "Oscars 2022: All the winners and nominees". BBC News. 28 March 2022. Retrieved 30 May 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ a b "Simon Hayes". British Film Institute. Retrieved 30 May 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ a b Tingen, Paul (1 April 2013). "The Les Misérables Sound Team: Part 1". Sound-on-Sound. Retrieved 30 May 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Tingen, Paul (1 May 2013). "The Les Misérables Sound Team, Part 2". Sound-on-Sound. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Audio Success Celebrated At The Conch Awards 2012". 4rfv. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "International Press Academy Satellite Awards 2012". International Press Academy. Retrieved 30 May 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "49th CAS Award Winners". Cinema Audio Society Awards. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "2022 EE British Academy Film Awards: The Winners". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 31 May 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Simon Hayes – BJJ Black Belt!". Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Carlson Gracie London Instructors". Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  14. ^ "BJA Dan Grade register". Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  15. ^ "Simon Hayes-British BMX Hall Of Fame". Retrieved 19 June 2022.