Matthew Vaughn

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Matthew Vaughn
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Matthew Vaughn, March 2010
Born Matthew Allard Robert Vaughn
(1971-03-07) 7 March 1971 (age 43)
London, England, UK
Nationality British
Other names Matthew de Vere Drummond
Occupation Film producer, director, screenwriter
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Claudia Schiffer (m. 2002)
Children 3

Matthew de Vere Drummond (born Matthew Allard Robert Vaughn; 7 March 1971), best-known as Matthew Vaughn, is an English film producer, director and screenwriter.[1] He is best known for producing such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000) and directing the films Layer Cake (2004), Stardust (2007) and Kick-Ass (2010). His latest film is the 2011 superhero film X-Men: First Class.

Film career[edit]

Vaughn was educated at Stowe School, Buckingham. Taking a gap year between Stowe and university, he travelled the world on a Hard Rock Cafe tour and landed in Los Angeles, where he began working as an assistant to a director. He returned to London, attending University College London where he studied anthropology and ancient history. He dropped out of university after a few weeks, and aged 25, he produced a little-seen thriller, The Innocent Sleep (1995), starring Annabella Sciorra and Michael Gambon.[2]

Vaughn continued as a producer on close friend Guy Ritchie's film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The film was a critical, popular and financial success, earning Vaughn and Ritchie £9 million each. Vaughn would later produce Ritchie's Snatch and Swept Away. He made his directorial debut in 2004 with Layer Cake. The film was well received and its success led to Vaughn being tapped to direct X-Men: The Last Stand but he later dropped out only two weeks before filming began. Vaughn was subsequently very critical of Brett Ratner's direction[3] of X-Men 3. He next co-wrote and directed Stardust and a movie adaptation of Mark Millar's Kick-Ass.

In May 2010, 20th Century Fox confirmed that Vaughn would direct and co-write X-Men: First Class. The film was released on 1 June 2011.[4] Vaughn was signed to direct the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, but dropped out in favour of Bryan Singer, the director of the first two films of the X-Men Series, X-Men and X2: X-Men United; Vaughn is still on as a producer.[5]

Future projects[edit]

Vaughn's current project, confirmed by 20th Century Fox in March 2013, is an adaptation of Mark Millar and David Gibbons's comic book The Secret Service, scripted by Vaughn and Jane Goldman, and produced by Vaughn's Marv Films. Vaughn is set to direct and the studio announced a November 14, 2014, release date.[6] Vaughn and the studio cast a young British actor Taron Egerton over Jack O'Connell, John Boyega, Christian Cooke and Aaron Taylor-Johnson for the role of the young secret agent who is mentored by Colin Firth.[7][8][9][10][11] He stayed as screenwriter and producer in Days of Future Past. He also produced the Fantastic Four reboot.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Vaughn was born in London, England. He was believed to be born from an affair between his mother, the early '70s society beauty Kathy Ceaton, and actor Robert Vaughn. A paternal investigation[13] subsequently idenitified his father as George de Vere Drummond, an English aristocrat who is a godson of King George VI. Early in Matthew's life, before the paternal investigation, Robert Vaughn asked for the child's name to be Vaughn, and it continues today as his professional name, though Matthew now uses de Vere Drummond in his personal life.[14]

Vaughn's wife is German supermodel Claudia Schiffer, whom he married in Shimpling, Suffolk, in 2002. The couple have three children.[15] They have homes in Suffolk and Notting Hill.[16]

He has hired ex-Gurkha soldiers for security following reports of stalkers intruding into their house.[17]


Feature films
Year Title Other credits Notes
2004 Layer Cake Producer Empire Award for Best British Director
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated – British Independent Douglas Hickox Award
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Newcomer
2007 Stardust Producer
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
2010 Kick-Ass Producer
Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Director
Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Action Movie
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Director
Nominated – European Film Award for Best Film
Nominated – Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Film
Nominated – Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – SFX Award for Best Film
2011 X-Men: First Class Writer Nominated – Scream Award for Best Director
2014 Brilliant Short film
2014 The Secret Service Producer
Year Title Other credit Notes
1995 The Innocent Sleep
1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Also actor (cameo) Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best British Film
2000 Snatch
2001 Mean Machine
2002 Swept Away Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
2003 A Short Film About John Bolton Short film
2009 Harry Brown
2011 The Debt
2013 Kick-Ass 2
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Writer
2015 The Fantastic Four
Year TV series Credit Notes
2000 Lock, Stock... Executive producer
2003 Swag Executive producer
2003 Make My Day Executive producer Documentary
Video games
Year Name Credit Notes
2010 Kick-Ass: The Game Producer

Frequent collaborators[edit]

Collaborator Layer Cake
X-Men: First Class
Jane Goldman YesY YesY YesY YesY
Kris Thykier YesY YesY YesY
Jason Flemyng YesY YesY YesY YesY
Dexter Fletcher YesY YesY YesY


  1. ^ "Vaughn hits out at fame obsession". 
  2. ^ "Movies – Interviews: Matthew Vaughn". BBC. Retrieved 22 June 2012
  3. ^ Brent Sprecher (9 October 2007). "Stardust Director Matthew Vaughn Blasts Brett Ratner’s X-Men 3: The Last Stand!". Retrieved 11 October 2007. 
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike (4 May 2010). "Fox Signs Vaughn To Direct 'X-Men: First Class'". Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Child, Ben (31 January 2012). "Matthew Vaughn to direct sequel to X-Men: First Class". The Guardian (London). 
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike, Jr. (27 March 2013). "Update: Fox Wins Rights To Matthew Vaughn’s Next Pic ‘The Secret Service', Sets November 2014 Release Date". Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Matthew Vaughn Eyes Newcomer Taron Egerton for ‘Secret Service’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  8. ^ Who Will Team Up With Colin Firth in Matthew Vaughn' s ‘Secret Service’?
  9. ^ Samuel L. Jackson to Play Villain in Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Secret Service’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  10. ^ Sophie Cookson Lands Female Lead in Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Secret Service’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  11. ^ Matthew Vaughn’s ‘The Secret Service’ Gets A Femme Fatale In Sofia Boutella
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  13. ^ Hockney, Karen (25 April 2002). "Vaughn's truth about son Matthew". 
  14. ^ Norman, Neil (3 October 2004). "Matthew Vaughn: The director's cut". Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  15. ^ Michaud, Sarah (2010-01-15). "Claudia Schiffer Expecting Third Child". People. 
  16. ^ "Jonathan Ross' wife Jane Goldman lets it all hang out as she leads revellers at Kick-Ass premiere party". Daily Mail (London). 24 March 2010. 
  17. ^ Rollings, Grant (23 March 2010). "I found one stalker at my kitchen table Another brought vials of her blood I fear for Claudia and our kids". The Sun (London). 

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