Matthew Vaughn, March 2010
|Born||Matthew Allard Robert Vaughn
7 March 1971
London, England, UK
|Other names||Matthew de Vere Drummond|
|Occupation||Film producer, director, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Claudia Schiffer (m. 2002)|
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. 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), Kick-Ass (2010), X-Men: First Class (2011) and Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015).
Vaughn was educated at Stowe School, Buckingham. Taking a gap year between Stowe and university, he traveled 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.
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 dropped out only two weeks before filming began, and was subsequently very critical of Brett Ratner's direction 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. 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 X-Men 2; Vaughn still stayed on to help write the script.
Vaughn's next directorial project, confirmed by 20th Century Fox in March 2013, was Kingsman: The Secret Service, 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. The film was released on 13 February 2015. He also produced Fantastic Four.
Vaughn was born in London. He had been thought the child of an affair between his mother, Kathy Ceaton (died 20 July 2013), and American actor Robert Vaughn. A paternity investigation 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 paternity 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.
|2000||Lock, Stock...||Yes||Executive producer|
|2003||Make My Day||Yes||Documentary
|2010||Kick-Ass: The Game||Yes|
The Secret Service
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- Wilding, Josh. "Comicbookmovie.com". Comicbookmovie.com. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
- Hockney, Karen (April 25, 2002). "Vaughn's truth about son Matthew". Standard.co.uk.
- Norman, Neil (3 October 2004). "Matthew Vaughn: The director's cut". independent.co.uk. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- Michaud, Sarah (2010-01-15). "Claudia Schiffer Expecting Third Child". People.
- "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. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Matthew Vaughn.|
- Matthew Vaughn at the Internet Movie Database
- Marv Films at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview, Superherohype.com; accessed 28 February 2015