Matthew Vaughn

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Matthew Vaughn
Matthew Vaughn.JPG
Vaughn in March 2010
Born Matthew Allard Robert Vaughn
(1971-03-07) 7 March 1971 (age 44)
London, England, United Kingdom
Citizenship British
Occupation 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) 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).

Early life[edit]

Vaughn was born in London. He had thought that he was the child of an affair between his mother, Kathy Ceaton (died 20 July 2013), and American actor Robert Vaughn. A paternity investigation[2] subsequently identified his father as George de Vere Drummond, an English aristocrat who is a godson of King George VI. Early in Vaughn's life, before the paternity investigation, Robert Vaughn asked for the child's surname to be Vaughn, and it continues today as Vaughn's professional name, though he now uses de Vere Drummond in his personal life.[3]

Vaughn was educated at Stowe School in 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 and attended University College London, where he studied anthropology and ancient history. He dropped out after a few weeks.


Aged 25, Vaughn produced a little-seen thriller, The Innocent Sleep (1995), starring Annabella Sciorra and Michael Gambon.[4] He 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.

Vaughn 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[citation needed] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7][8][9][10][11][12] He also produced Fantastic Four (2015).[citation needed]

Vaughn is currently in talks to direct a new version of Flash Gordon.

Personal life[edit]

On 25 May 2002, Vaughn married German supermodel Claudia Schiffer in Suffolk.[13] The couple have three children: son Caspar Matthew de Vere (born 30 January 2003) and daughters Clementine Poppy (born 11 November 2004) and Cosima Violet (born 14 May 2010).[14][15] The couple have homes in Notting Hill,[16] and own Coldham Hall, Stanningfield, Suffolk.[17]



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 Pending – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
2016 Eddie the Eagle 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
Geoff Bell YesY YesY
Henry Jackman YesY YesY YesY


  1. ^ "Vaughn hits out at fame obsession". 
  2. ^ Hockney, Karen (April 25, 2002). "Vaughn's truth about son Matthew". 
  3. ^ Norman, Neil (3 October 2004). "Matthew Vaughn: The director's cut". Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Movies – Interviews: Matthew Vaughn",; retrieved 22 June 2012.
  5. ^ Fleming, Mike (4 May 2010). "Fox Signs Vaughn To Direct 'X-Men: First Class'". Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Child, Ben (31 January 2012). "Matthew Vaughn to direct sequel to X-Men: First Class". The Guardian (London). 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Matthew Vaughn Eyes Newcomer Taron Egerton for ‘Secret Service’ (EXCLUSIVE)". 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  9. ^ "Who Will Team Up With Colin Firth in Matthew Vaughn's 'Secret Service'?". 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  10. ^ "Samuel L. Jackson to Play Villain in Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Secret Service’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Sophie Cookson Lands Female Lead in Matthew Vaughn's 'Secret Service' (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  12. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Matthew Vaughn's ‘The Secret Service’ Gets A Femme Fatale In Sofia Boutella". Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "[1]". Vogue. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  14. ^ Michaud, Sarah (2010-01-15). "Claudia Schiffer Expecting Third Child". People. 
  15. ^ "Claudia Schiffer names new baby daughter", 25 May 2010, Hello Magazine
  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. 
  17. ^ "Celebrity couple's love for Suffolk". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 

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