Pegg at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013
|Born||Simon John Beckingham
14 February 1970
Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England, UK
|Alma mater||University of Bristol|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer, producer, singer, director|
|Notable work(s)||Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul, The World's End|
|Net worth||$10 million (2011)|
|Spouse(s)||Maureen McCann (m. 2005)|
Simon John Pegg (born Simon John Beckingham; 14 February 1970) 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, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End, and the comedy series Spaced.
He portrayed Montgomery Scott in the 2009 Star Trek film and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, Benji Dunn in the Mission: Impossible film series, and Thompson in The Adventures of Tintin. 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 Paul (with Frost) and Run Fatboy Run (with Moran).
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. His parents divorced when he was seven and he took the surname of his stepfather (Pegg), after his mother re-married. He attended various schools, including Castle Hill Primary School; Brockworth Comprehensive Secondary School; The King's School, Gloucester; and later Stratford-upon-Avon College to study English literature and Theatre. He studied drama at the University of Bristol and wrote his undergraduate thesis on "A Marxist overview of popular 1970s cinema and hegemonic discourses".
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'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. 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. The completed script appeared on the 2008 Black List, a film-industry-compiled list of the best unproduced screenplays. Paul received two votes. 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.
In those films and in Spaced, Pegg typically plays the leading hero while Frost plays the sidekick. However Paul reverses this dynamic.
Pegg played engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the eleventh Star Trek film, 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. He voiced Re-epicheep, the heroic mouse in Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. 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. Despite having a minor role in his first appearance, Mission: Impossible 3, Pegg became a member of the main cast in this film.
Along with Jonny Buckland, Pegg is godfather to Apple, daughter of close friends Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow. In return Martin is godfather to Pegg's daughter. Pegg's parents and sister briefly appeared in Spaced while his mother alone appeared in both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
|1995||Six Pairs of Pants||Various characters||Also co-writer|
|1995–1998||Faith in the Future||Jools|
|1997||I'm Alan Partridge||Steve Bennett||Episode: "Watership Alan"|
|1997||We Know Where You Live||Various roles|
|1998||Is It Bill Bailey?||Various roles|
|1998–2002||Big Train||Various roles||Nominated—British Comedy Award for Best Male Comedy Award|
|1998||Live from the Lighthouse||Robert Jobson||TV Movie|
|1999–2001||Spaced||Tim Bisley||Also co-writer
Nominated—BAFTA TV Situation Comedy Award (shared with Edgar Wright, Nira Park and Jessica Hynes)
Nominated—British Comedy Award for Best Male Comedy Newcomer
|1999||Tube Tales||Clerk||Segment: "Steal Away"|
|2000||Randall & Hopkirk||Justin Pope||Episode: "Paranoia"|
|2001||Brass Eye||Gerard Chote||Episode: "Paedophilia Special"|
|2001||Band of Brothers||First Sergeant William Evans||Episodes: "Day of Days" and "Currahee"|
|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
Episodes: "Cannot Be Erased, So Sorry" and "Due to Constraints of Time and Budget"
|2012||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||Dengar||Voice
|2012||Room on the Broom||Narrator||Voice
|2013||Mob City||Hecky Nash||Episode: "A Guy Walks Into a Bar"|
|2010||Fable III||Ben Finn||Voice|
|2013||Star Trek||Montgomery "Scotty" Scott||Voice|
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