Simon Pegg

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Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Pegg at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013
BornSimon John Beckingham
(1970-02-14) 14 February 1970 (age 43)
Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England, UK
EducationMillbrook Academy
Alma materUniversity of Bristol
OccupationActor, comedian, writer, producer, singer, director
Years active1995–present
Notable work(s)Spaced
Shaun of the Dead
Hot Fuzz
The World's End
Net worthSteady $10 million (2011)[1]
Spouse(s)Maureen McCann (m. 2005)
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Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Pegg at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013
BornSimon John Beckingham
(1970-02-14) 14 February 1970 (age 43)
Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England, UK
EducationMillbrook Academy
Alma materUniversity of Bristol
OccupationActor, comedian, writer, producer, singer, director
Years active1995–present
Notable work(s)Spaced
Shaun of the Dead
Hot Fuzz
The World's End
Net worthSteady $10 million (2011)[1]
Spouse(s)Maureen McCann (m. 2005)

Simon John Pegg (born Simon John Beckingham; 14 February 1970[2]) is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, film producer, and director. He is best known for having co-written and starred in the Edgar Wright features Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), and the comedy series Spaced (1999–2001).

He portrayed Montgomery Scott in the 2009 film Star Trek and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). He played Benji Dunn in the Mission: Impossible film series, and Thompson in The Adventures of Tintin (2011). Much of his major work has been in collaboration with some combination of Wright, Nick Frost, Jessica Hynes, and Dylan Moran. He starred in and co-wrote Run Fatboy Run (2007) with Moran and Paul (2011) with Frost.

Early life

Pegg was born in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, to Gillian Rosemary (née Smith), a former civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician and keyboard salesman.[3] His parents divorced when he was seven and he took the surname of his stepfather (Pegg), after his mother re-married.[4][5] He attended various schools, including Castle Hill Primary School;[citation needed] Brockworth Comprehensive Secondary School;[citation needed] and The King's School, Gloucester.[6] He later moved to Stratford-upon-Avon when he was 16 and studied at Stratford-upon-Avon College to study English literature and Theatre.[7] He graduated from the University of Bristol in 1991 with a BA in Theatre, Film and Television[2] and wrote his undergraduate thesis on "A Marxist overview of popular 1970s cinema and hegemonic discourses".[5]


His early appearances in TV series and films include Asylum, Six Pairs of Pants, Faith in the Future, Big Train and Hippies. Between 1998 and 2004, Pegg was regularly featured on BBC Radio 4's The 99p Challenge. In 1999, he created and co-wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced with Jessica Stevenson. For this project Pegg brought in Nick Frost. For his performance in this series, Pegg was nominated for a British Comedy Award as Best Male Comedy Newcomer. Pegg co-wrote (with Spaced director Edgar Wright) and starred in the "romantic zombie comedy" film Shaun of the Dead, released in April 2004. At George A. Romero's invitation, Pegg and Wright made cameo appearances in Romero's film, Land of the Dead. In 2004, Pegg starred in a spin-off of the television show Danger! 50,000 Volts! called Danger! 50,000 Zombies!, in which he played a zombie hunter named Dr. Fell.

Pegg at a premiere for Star Trek in April 2009

Pegg's other credits include the World War II mini-series Band of Brothers, as well as guest appearances on Black Books, Brass Eye Special, I'm Alan Partridge, The Parole Officer and 24 Hour Party People. He played a mutant bounty hunter "Johnny Alpha", the Strontium Dog, in a series of Big Finish Productions audio plays based on the character from British comic 2000 AD and featured in Guest House Paradiso, a film based on the sitcom Bottom. Pegg appeared in the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio story Invaders From Mars as Don Chaney, and portrayed the Editor in the 2005 Doctor Who episode "The Long Game". He also narrated the first series of the documentary series Doctor Who Confidential. Upon completion of Shaun of the Dead, Pegg was questioned as to whether he would be abandoning the British film industry for bigger and better things, to which he replied "It's not like I'm going to run off and do Mission: Impossible III!" He then went on to play Benji Dunn, an I.M.F. technician who assists Tom Cruise's character, Ethan Hunt.[8] in Mission: Impossible III.

In 2006 he played Gus in Big Nothing alongside David Schwimmer. The same year, Pegg and Wright completed their second film, Hot Fuzz, released in February 2007. The film is a police-action movie homage and also stars Nick Frost, in which Pegg plays Nicholas Angel, a London policeman transferred to rural Sandford, a fictional village where grisly events take place. In 2007, Pegg starred in The Good Night (directed by Jake Paltrow) and Run Fatboy Run directed by David Schwimmer and co-starring Thandie Newton and Hank Azaria. In 2008, he wrote the dialogue for an English language re-release of the cult 2006 animated Norwegian film, Free Jimmy. Pegg received screenwriting credit for this, and Pegg also voiced one of the main characters in the English-language version, which has an international range of actors including Woody Harrelson.

Pegg co-wrote the script for a film called Paul, about two young men who encounter a comedic extraterrestrial alien during a road trip across the US.[9][10] The completed script appeared on the 2008 Black List, a film-industry-compiled list of the best unproduced screenplays. Paul received two votes.[11] The film was later produced, and was released in 2011. Pegg announced that he and Wright had the idea for "the concluding part in what we are calling 'The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy" (the first two being Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz). It is provisionally called The World Ends.[12]

In those films and in Spaced, Pegg typically plays the leading hero while Frost plays the sidekick. However Paul reverses this dynamic.[13]

Pegg in New York City, July 2008

Pegg played engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the eleventh Star Trek film,[14] released 8 May 2009. In 2010 he appeared as William Burke in Burke and Hare, a film directed by John Landis about some Ulstermen who were notorious murderers and bodysnatchers in early 19th-century Edinburgh. His likeness was also used for the character of Wee Hughie in the comic book series The Boys; while this was done without Pegg's permission, he quickly became a fan of the title, and even wrote the introduction to the first bound volume.[15] He voiced Re-epicheep, the heroic mouse in Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.[16] He reprised the role of Benji Dunn in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, making him the third actor in the film series, after Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames, to appear in more than one of the films.[17] Despite having a minor role in his first appearance, Mission: Impossible 3, Pegg became a member of the main cast in this film.

Personal life

Pegg married his long time girlfriend Maureen McCann, a music industry publicist, on 23 July 2005 in Glasgow;[18][19] Nick Frost was the best man at his wedding.[20] The couple has one child together, Matilda (b. 2009).[21][22][23]

Pegg has stated on his personal Twitter feed that he is an atheist.[24]

Along with Jonny Buckland, Pegg is godfather to Apple, daughter of close friends Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow.[21][25] In return Martin is godfather to Pegg's daughter.[26] Pegg's parents and sister briefly appeared in Spaced while his mother alone appeared in both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Pegg was awarded an honorary fellowship by the University of Gloucestershire on 4 December 2008.[27]



1999Tube TalesClerkSegment: "Steal Away"
1999Guest House ParadisoMr. Nice
2001The Parole OfficerDeflated Husband
200224 Hour Party PeoplePaul Morley
2004Shaun of the DeadShaun RileyAlso co-writer
2005The League of Gentlemen's ApocalypsePeter Cow
2005Land of the DeadPhoto Booth ZombieCameo
2006Mission: Impossible IIIBenji Dunn
2006Big NothingGus
2006Free JimmyOddAlso writer of the English version
2007GrindhouseCannibalSegment: "Don't"
2007The Good NightPaul
2007Hot FuzzPC/Sergeant/Chief Inspector Nicholas AngelAlso co-writer
2007Run Fatboy RunDennis DoyleAlso co-writer
2007Diary of the DeadNewsreader (voice)Cameo
2008How to Lose Friends and Alienate PeopleSidney Young
2009Star TrekMontgomery "Scotty" Scott
2009Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursBuck (voice)
2010Burke and HareWilliam Burke
2010The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader[28]Reepicheep (voice)
2011PaulGraeme WillyAlso co-writer[29]
2011Scrat's Continental Crack-upBuck (voice)Short
2011The Adventures of TintinThompson (voice)
2011Mission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolBenji Dunn
2011The Death and Return of SupermanJohn LandisShort
2012A Fantastic Fear of Everything[30]JackAlso executive producer
2013Star Trek Into DarknessMontgomery "Scotty" Scott
2013The World's EndGary KingAlso co-writer
2014Hector and the Search for HappinessHectorPost-production
2014The Boxtrolls(voice)Post-production
2014Kill Me Three TimesPost-production


1995Six Pairs of PantsVarious charactersAlso co-writer
1995–1998Faith in the FutureJools
1996AsylumSimonAlso co-writer
1997I'm Alan PartridgeSteve BennettEpisode: "Watership Alan"
1997We Know Where You LiveVarious roles[31]
1998Is It Bill Bailey?Various roles
1998–2002Big TrainVarious roles
1998Live from the LighthouseRobert JobsonTV Movie
1999–2001SpacedTim BisleyAlso co-writer
1999Tube TalesClerkSegment: "Steal Away"
1999HippiesRay Purbbs
2000Randall & HopkirkJustin PopeEpisode: "Paranoia"
2001Brass EyeGerard ChoteEpisode: "Paedophilia Special"
2001Band of BrothersFirst Sergeant William EvansEpisodes: "Day of Days" and "Currahee"
2001Dr. Terrible's House of HorribleAngusEpisode: "Curse of the Blood of the Lizard of Doom"
2002Look Around YouSleeping Queen's GuardEpisode: "Maths"
2002Linda GreenJayEpisode: "Dark Side of the Moon"
2003Final DemandColin TaylorTV Movie
2004Sex & LiesRadio DJTV Movie
2004Black BooksEvanEpisode: "Manny Come Home"
2004I Am Not an AnimalKieron the CatVoice
2005Look Around YouHandsome ManEpisode: "Health"
2005Spider-Plant ManFrank MattersTV Short
2005Doctor WhoThe EditorEpisode: "The Long Game"
2005Doctor Who ConfidentialNarrator
2009Robot ChickenVarious voices2 episodes
2012Star Wars: The Clone WarsDengar (voice)Episode: "Bounty"
2012Room on the BroomNarrator (voice)TV Movie
2013Mob CityHecky Nash2 episodes

Video games

2010Fable IIIBen Finn
2011Spare PartsCon-Rad
2013Star TrekMontgomery "Scotty" Scott

Awards and nominations

YearNominated workAwardResult
1999Big TrainBritish Comedy Award for Best Male Comedy AwardNominated
2000SpacedBAFTA TV Situation Comedy Award (shared with Edgar Wright, Nira Park and Jessica Hynes)Nominated
2000SpacedBritish Comedy Award for Best Male Comedy NewcomerNominated
2004Shaun of the DeadBram Stoker Award for Best Screenplay (shared with Edgar Wright)Won
2004Shaun of the DeadBritish Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay (shared with Edgar Wright)Won
2004Shaun of the DeadPeter Sellers Award for ComedyWon
2004Shaun of the DeadChlotrudis Award for Best Original Screenplay(shared with Edgar Wright)Nominated
2004Shaun of the DeadEmpire Award for Best British ActorNominated
2004Shaun of the DeadLondon Film Critics' Circle Award for British Screewriter of the Year (shared with Edgar Wright)Nominated
2004Shaun of the DeadOnline Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay (shared with Edgar Wright)Nominated
2007Hot FuzzEmpire Award for Best ActorNominated
2009Star TrekBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best CastWon
2009Star TrekBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best CastNominated
2009Star TrekCritics' Choice Award for Best Acting EnsembleNominated
2009Star TrekScream Award for Best EnsembleNominated
2009Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursVisual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture (shared with Peter de Sève)Nominated


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  5. ^ a b Cadwallader, Carole (4 February 2007). "A fair cop". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
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  7. ^ "Simon Pegg profile". Stratford-upon-Avon College: About the College" Alumni. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Mission: Impossible III review
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  15. ^ Ennis, Garth (2007). The Boys Volume One: The Name of the Game (Introduction). The Boys. Dynamite Entertainment. 
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  17. ^ "Simon Pegg Returns for Mission: Impossible 4". 
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  19. ^ "Star Trek star Simon Pegg on his new role as Scotland's most famous spaceman". Us Weekly. 8 May 2009. 
  20. ^ "Simon Pegg and Nick Frost: Losers in love". Us Weekly. 5 February 2011. 
  21. ^ a b "It's Shaun of the dad: Simon Pegg reveals baby secret". Daily Mail. 19 February 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  22. ^ Apodaca, Joseph (22 August 2013). "Simon Pegg talks 'World's End,' quitting drinking for daughter". On The Red Carpet. 
  23. ^ Campos, Nicole (15 June 2011). "Simon Pegg's New Autobiography: Well Done, Nerd!". LA Weekly. p. 2. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  24. ^ Twitter Simon Pegg's Twitter Feed
  25. ^ "Chris Martin — Martin + Paltrow Name Pegg As Godfather". 9 September 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  26. ^ "Simon Pegg Q&A: "If I don't get recognised, I say I'm in Coldplay"". 29 October 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  27. ^ "Actor Simon Pegg receives honorary university fellowship for contribution to arts". Daily Telegraph (London). 4 December 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  28. ^ "Voice of Reepicheep Recast Once Again as Simon Pegg". 
  29. ^ "The Official Website of Simon Pegg". 25 November 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  30. ^ Grose, Jessica. "Questions for Simon Pegg. The star of Shaun of the Dead talks about his new book, Nerd Do Well, and his romance with a girl called Meredith Catsanus.". Slate. 
  31. ^ "We Know Where You Live". BBC Comedy. Retrieved 18 June 2007. 

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Succeeded by
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