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 44)
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), Kick-Ass (2010), X-Men: First Class (2011) and Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015).

Film career[edit]

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.[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 dropped out only two weeks before filming began, and 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 X-Men 2; Vaughn still stayed on to help write the script.[5]

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.[6][7][8][9][10][11] He also produced Fantastic Four.[12]

Personal life[edit]

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[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 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.[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]



Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1995 The Innocent Sleep Yes
1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Yes Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best British Film
2000 Snatch Yes
2001 Mean Machine Yes
2002 Swept Away Yes
2003 A Short Film About John Bolton Yes Short film
2004 Layer Cake Yes Yes 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 Yes Yes Yes Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
2009 Harry Brown Yes
2010 Kick-Ass Yes Yes Yes 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
2010 The Debt Yes Yes
2011 X-Men: First Class Yes Yes Nominated – Scream Award for Best Director
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Yes
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Yes
2015 Kingsman: The Secret Service Yes Yes Yes
2015 Fantastic Four Yes


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2000 Lock, Stock... Yes Executive producer
2003 Swag Yes Executive producer
2003 Make My Day Yes Documentary
Executive producer

Video game[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2010 Kick-Ass: The Game Yes

Frequent collaborators[edit]

Collaborator Layer Cake
First Class

The Secret Service

Jane Goldman YesY YesY YesY YesY
Kris Thykier YesY YesY YesY
Jason Flemyng YesY YesY YesY YesY
Dexter Fletcher YesY YesY YesY
Mark Strong YesY YesY YesY
Take That YesY YesY YesY
Corey Johnson YesY YesY YesY


  1. ^ "Vaughn hits out at fame obsession". 
  2. ^ "Movies – Interviews: Matthew Vaughn",; 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)". 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  8. ^ "Who Will Team Up With Colin Firth in Matthew Vaughn's 'Secret Service'?". 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  9. ^ "Samuel L. Jackson to Play Villain in Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Secret Service’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Sophie Cookson Lands Female Lead in Matthew Vaughn's 'Secret Service' (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Matthew Vaughn's ‘The Secret Service’ Gets A Femme Fatale In Sofia Boutella". Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  12. ^ Wilding, Josh. "". Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  13. ^ Hockney, Karen (April 25, 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. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 

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