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
Born Simon John Beckingham
(1970-02-14) 14 February 1970 (age 44)
Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England
Education Millbrook Academy
Alma mater University of Bristol
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer, producer, singer, director
Years active 1995–present
Notable work(s) Spaced
Shaun of the Dead
Hot Fuzz
Paul
The World's End
Net worth $10 million (2011)[1]
Spouse(s) Maureen McCann (m. 2005)
Children 1

Simon John Pegg ( Beckingham, born 14 February 1970[2]) is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer.

He is best known for having co-written and starred in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy of films, Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), and the comedy series Spaced (1999–2001), all of them directed by his friend Edgar Wright.

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.

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,[6] Brockworth Comprehensive Secondary School[6] and The King's School, Gloucester.[7] He later moved to Stratford-upon-Avon when he was 16 and studied English Literature and Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon College.[8] 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] While there, he performed as a member of the comedy troupe "David Icke and the Orphans of Jesus", alongside David Walliams, Dominik Diamond, Myfanwy Moore, Barnaby Power and Jason Bradbury.[6]

Career

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. Pegg's other credits include appearances in the World War II mini-series Band of Brothers; the television comedies Black Books, Brass Eye and I'm Alan Partridge; and the films The Parole Officer, 24 Hour Party People, and Guest House Paradiso. He played various roles during the tour of Steve Coogan's 1998 live stage show The Man Who Thinks He's It.[6]

In 1999, he created and co-wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced with Jessica Stevenson. The series was directed by Edgar Wright, with whom Pegg and Stevenson had previously worked on Asylum, and Pegg wrote the character of Mike Watt specifically for his friend Nick Frost.[6] For his performance in this series, Pegg was nominated for a British Comedy Award as Best Male Comedy Newcomer.[9] The experience of making a Spaced fantasy sequence featuring zombies led to Pegg and Wright co-writing the "romantic zombie comedy" film Shaun of the Dead, released in April 2004, in which Pegg also starred.[6] At George A. Romero's invitation, Pegg and Wright made cameo appearances in Romero's zombie film, Land of the Dead.[6] 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

He played 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. Pegg also appeared in Big Finish Productions' Doctor Who audio story Invaders From Mars as Don Chaney, and appeared in the Doctor Who television series, playing the Editor in the 2005 episode "The Long Game". He also narrated the first series of the "making-of" 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, and he replied, "It's not like I'm going to run off and do Mission: Impossible III!", picking the title of an imaginary blockbuster. When the film Mission: Impossible III was subsequently made, Pegg appeared in it as Benji Dunn, an I.M.F. technician who assists Tom Cruise's character Ethan Hunt.[5] He reprised the role of Benji Dunn in the 2011 film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.[10]

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.[11][12] The completed script appeared on the 2008 Black List, a film-industry-compiled list of the best unproduced screenplays. Paul received two votes.[13] In those films and in Spaced, Pegg typically plays the leading hero while Frost plays the sidekick. However Paul reverses this dynamic.[14] The film was later produced, and was released in 2011.

Pegg and Wright completed the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (the first two films being Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) with their 2013 film The World's End.[15]

Pegg in New York City, July 2008

Pegg played engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in Star Trek, the eleventh film in the Star Trek film series,[16] released 8 May 2009. He reprised the role in the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness.[17] 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.[18] He voiced Reepicheep, the heroic mouse in Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.[19]

Personal life

Pegg married his long-time girlfriend Maureen McCann, a music industry publicist, on 23 July 2005 in Glasgow;[20][21] Nick Frost was the best man at his wedding.[22] The couple has one child together, Matilda (b. 2009).[23][24][25]

Pegg has stated on his personal Twitter feed that he is an atheist.[26]

Along with Jonny Buckland, Pegg is godfather to Apple, daughter of close friends Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow.[23][27] In return Martin is godfather to Pegg's daughter.[28] 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.[29]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Tube Tales Clerk Segment: "Steal Away"
1999 Guest House Paradiso Mr. Nice
2001 The Parole Officer Deflated Husband
2002 24 Hour Party People Paul Morley
2004 Shaun of the Dead Shaun Riley Also co-writer
2005 The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse Peter Cow
2005 Land of the Dead Photo Booth Zombie Cameo
2006 Mission: Impossible III Benji Dunn
2006 Big Nothing Gus
2006 Free Jimmy Odd Voice
Also writer of the English version
2007 Grindhouse Cannibal Segment: "Don't"
2007 The Good Night Paul
2007 Hot Fuzz PC/Sergeant/Inspector Nicholas Angel Also co-writer
2007 Run Fatboy Run Dennis Doyle Also co-writer
2007 Diary of the Dead Newsreader Voice
Cameo
2008 How to Lose Friends and Alienate People Sidney Young
2009 Star Trek Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Buck Voice
2010 Burke and Hare William Burke
2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader[30] Reepicheep Voice
2011 Paul Graeme Willy Also co-writer[31]
2011 Scrat's Continental Crack-up Buck Voice
Short
2011 The Adventures of Tintin Thompson Voice
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Benji Dunn
2011 The Death and Return of Superman John Landis Short
2012 A Fantastic Fear of Everything Jack Also executive producer
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
2013 The World's End Gary King Also co-writer and executive producer
2014 Cuban Fury Mondeo driver Uncredited cameo
2014 Hector and the Search for Happiness Hector Post-production
2014 The Boxtrolls Voice
Post-production
2014 Kill Me Three Times Post-production
2014 Man Up Jack Filming
2015 Absolutely Anything Neil Clarke Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Six Pairs of Pants Various characters Also co-writer
1995–1998 Faith in the Future Jools
1996 Asylum Simon Also co-writer
1997 I'm Alan Partridge Steve Bennett Episode: "Watership Alan"
1997 We Know Where You Live Various roles[32]
1998 Is It Bill Bailey? Various roles
1998–2002 Big Train Various roles
1998 Live from the Lighthouse Robert Jobson TV Movie
1999–2001 Spaced Tim Bisley Also co-writer
1999 Tube Tales Clerk Segment: "Steal Away"
1999 Hippies Ray Purbbs
2000 Randall & Hopkirk Justin Pope Episode: "Paranoia"
2001 Brass Eye Gerard Chote Episode: "Paedophilia Special"
2001 Band of Brothers First Sergeant William Evans 2 episodes
2001 Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible Angus Episode: "Curse of the Blood of the Lizard of Doom"
2002 Look Around You Sleeping Queen's Guard Episode: "Maths"
2002 Linda Green Jay Episode: "Dark Side of the Moon"
2003 Final Demand Colin Taylor TV Movie
2004 Sex & Lies Radio DJ TV Movie
2004 Black Books Evan Episode: "Manny Come Home"
2004 I Am Not an Animal Kieron the Cat Voice
2005 Look Around You Handsome Man Episode: "Health"
2005 Spider-Plant Man Frank Matters TV Short
2005 Doctor Who The Editor Episode: "The Long Game"
2005 Doctor Who Confidential Narrator
2009 Robot Chicken Various voices Voice
2 episodes
2012 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Dengar Voice
Episode: "Bounty"
2012 Room on the Broom Narrator Voice
TV Movie
2013 Mob City Hecky Nash 2 episodes

Video games

Year Title Voice
2010 Fable III Ben Finn
2011 Spare Parts Con-Rad
2013 Star Trek Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Award Result
1999 Big Train British Comedy Award for Best Male Comedy Award Nominated
2000 Spaced BAFTA TV Situation Comedy Award (shared with Edgar Wright, Nira Park and Jessica Hynes) Nominated
British Comedy Award for Best Male Comedy Newcomer[9] Nominated
2004 Shaun of the Dead Bram Stoker Award for Best Screenplay (shared with Edgar Wright) Won
British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay (shared with Edgar Wright) Won
Peter Sellers Award for Comedy Won
Chlotrudis Award for Best Original Screenplay(shared with Edgar Wright) Nominated
Empire Award for Best British Actor Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Screewriter of the Year (shared with Edgar Wright) Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay (shared with Edgar Wright) Nominated
2007 Hot Fuzz Empire Award for Best Actor Nominated
2009 Star Trek Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast Nominated
Critics' Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
Scream Award for Best Ensemble Nominated
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture (shared with Peter de Sève) Nominated
2014 The World's End Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Writing Pending
Saturn Award for Best Actor Pending

References

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  2. ^ a b Norman, Neil (4 February 2007). "Simon Pegg: A geek made good". The Independent. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Barratt, Nick (2 June 2007). "Family detective". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "10 Questions for Simon Pegg". Time. 2 October 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c Cadwallader, Carole (4 February 2007). "A fair cop". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Pegg, Simon (2010). Nerd Do Well. London: Random House. ISBN 978-1-8460-5811-0. 
  7. ^ "Pupils meet Simon Pegg". Thekingsschool.co.uk. Retrieved 28 February 2012. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Simon Pegg profile". Stratford-upon-Avon College: About the College" Alumni. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Entertainment | Royle flush in comedy shortlist". BBC News. 1999-11-17. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  10. ^ "Simon Pegg Returns for Mission: Impossible 4". 
  11. ^ "Pegg set for road trip flick". Metro. 31 March 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  12. ^ Setchfield, Nick (1 April 2009). "Simon Pegg Exclusive". SFX. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  13. ^ Thomas, Archie (3 October 2008). "Brit List brings scripts to light". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved 9 October 2008. 
  14. ^ "Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Do America". JustPressPlay.net. 20 September 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Interview with Simon Pegg". BBC Website. 1 October 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2008. 
  16. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (12 October 2007). "Simon Pegg to play Scotty in "Star Trek"". Variety. Retrieved 11 October 2007. 
  17. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (9 May 2013). "Star Trek Into Darkness – review". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Ennis, Garth (2007). The Boys Volume One: The Name of the Game (Introduction). The Boys. Dynamite Entertainment. 
  19. ^ "Simon Pegg Replaces Bill Nighy as the Voice of Reepicheep". 
  20. ^ Harvey, Chris (27 September 2008). "Simon Pegg: hyperspaced". Telegraph. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Star Trek star Simon Pegg on his new role as Scotland's most famous spaceman". Us Weekly. 8 May 2009. 
  22. ^ "Simon Pegg and Nick Frost: Losers in love". Us Weekly. 5 February 2011. 
  23. ^ a b "It's Shaun of the dad: Simon Pegg reveals baby secret". Daily Mail. 19 February 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  24. ^ Apodaca, Joseph (22 August 2013). "Simon Pegg talks 'World's End,' quitting drinking for daughter". On The Red Carpet. 
  25. ^ Campos, Nicole (15 June 2011). "Simon Pegg's New Autobiography: Well Done, Nerd!". LA Weekly. p. 2[dead link]. Retrieved 21 November 2011. [dead link]
  26. ^ Twitter Simon Pegg's Twitter Feed
  27. ^ "Chris Martin — Martin + Paltrow Name Pegg As Godfather". Contactmusic.com. 9 September 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  28. ^ "Simon Pegg Q&A: "If I don't get recognised, I say I'm in Coldplay"". Coldplay.com. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  29. ^ "Actor Simon Pegg receives honorary university fellowship for contribution to arts". Daily Telegraph (London). 4 December 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  30. ^ "Voice of Reepicheep Recast Once Again as Simon Pegg". 
  31. ^ "The Official Website of Simon Pegg". Peggster.net. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  32. ^ "We Know Where You Live". BBC Comedy. Retrieved 18 June 2007. 

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Preceded by
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Narrator of Doctor Who Confidential
2005
Succeeded by
Mark Gatiss