Matthew Vaughn

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Matthew Vaughn
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Vaughn in 2019
Matthew Allard Robert Vaughn

(1971-03-07) 7 March 1971 (age 51)
Paddington, London, England
Other namesMatthew Allard de Vere Drummond
  • Director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1996–present
StyleAction, spy, superhero fiction, black comedy, crime, thriller, drama
(m. 2002)

Matthew Allard de Vere Drummond (born Matthew Allard Robert Vaughn; 7 March 1971) is an English film director, producer, and screenwriter.[1] He has produced films including Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000), and directed Layer Cake (2004), Stardust (2007), Kick-Ass (2010), X-Men: First Class (2011), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), and produced, co-wrote, and directed its prequel The King's Man (2021).

Early life[edit]

Vaughn was born in Paddington, London, England.[2][3] Until 2002, he had thought that he was the child of a relationship between his mother, Kathy Ceaton (died 20 July 2013), and American actor Robert Vaughn.[4] A paternity investigation[3] in the 1980s revealed that Robert Vaughn was not his father, but Ceaton had never revealed otherwise to Vaughn. Upon asking his mother about his true paternity, she revealed that his father was George Albert Harley de Vere Drummond,[4][5] an English banker. Early in Vaughn's life, before the paternity investigation, Robert Vaughn had 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.[4]

Vaughn was educated at Sussex House School in London and then Stowe School in Buckingham. Taking a gap year between Stowe and university, he travelled around the world on a Hard Rock Cafe tour. After arriving in Los Angeles he began working as an assistant to a film director. He later returned to London, and attended University College London studying anthropology and ancient history. He dropped out after a few weeks.


Aged 25, Vaughn produced a low-budget thriller, The Innocent Sleep (1996), starring Annabella Sciorra and Michael Gambon.[6] 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 (2006), but he dropped out only two weeks before filming began. Subsequently, he said the film was "pretty good" given the limited time they had to make it,[7] but he was critical of Brett Ratner's direction of the film.[8] For his next project he co-wrote and directed Stardust, followed by a movie adaptation of Mark Millar's Kick-Ass in 2010. Vaughn directed and co-wrote the first film in the prequel trilogy of the X-Men film universe titled, X-Men: First Class (2011).[9] Vaughn was signed to return to the series as director of the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), but dropped out in favour of Bryan Singer who had directed the first two films in the original trilogy, X-Men and X2: X-Men United. Vaughn remained attached to the film by co-writing the script.[10]

Vaughn's next directorial project, was Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015), an adaptation of Mark Millar and David Gibbons's comic book The Secret Service. The film was scripted by Vaughn and Jane Goldman, and produced by Vaughn's production company Marv Films.[11][12][13][14][15][16] Vaughn returned to direct, produce, and co-write the Kingsman sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which was released in theaters in September 2017. Vaughn also directed and provided the story for The King's Man, the third installment in the franchise serving as a prequel to the original film. Delayed from November 2019 due to both the schedule shuffle following Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox and the subsequent COVID-19 pandemic, the film was released on 22 December 2021.

In March 2017, Collider reported that Vaughn was top choice to direct Man of Steel 2;[17] in September of that year, Vaughn confirmed that he was in negotiations with the studio to helm the project.[18] By March 2019, Vaughn stated that discussions with Warner Bros. had ended, and he was no longer involved with development of the film.[19]

Vaughn began working on spy film Argylle in 2021, based on the as-yet unpublished novel by Ellie Conway and starring an ensemble cast including Henry Cavill, Bryce Dallas Howard, Samuel L. Jackson, Bryan Cranston and John Cena.[20] The film will be distributed by Apple TV+, who obtained the rights for $200 million.[21]

Personal life[edit]

On 25 May 2002, Vaughn married German model Claudia Schiffer in Suffolk.[22] 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).[23][24] The couple have homes in Notting Hill, London, Northamptonshire and Coldham Hall, Stanningfield, Suffolk.[25]



Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2004 Layer Cake Yes No 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
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
The Debt No Yes Yes Directed by John Madden
2011 X-Men: First Class Yes Yes No Nominated – Scream Award for Best Director
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past No Story No Directed by Bryan Singer
2014 Kingsman: The Secret Service Yes Yes Yes Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Writing
2017 Kingsman: The Golden Circle Yes Yes Yes
2021 The King's Man Yes Yes Yes
TBA Argylle Yes No Yes

Producer only

Year Title Director Notes
1996 The Innocent Sleep Scott Michell
1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Guy Ritchie Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best British Film
2000 Snatch
2001 Mean Machine Barry Skolnick
2002 Swept Away Guy Ritchie Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
2003 A Short Film About John Bolton Neil Gaiman Short film
2009 Harry Brown Daniel Barber
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Jeff Wadlow
2015 Fantastic Four Josh Trank Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel
2016 Eddie the Eagle Dexter Fletcher
2019 Rocketman Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best British Film
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
2020 Bloodshot David S. F. Wilson Executive producer
2021 Silent Night Camille Griffin


Year Title Director Writer Executive
2000 Lock, Stock... No No Yes
2003 Swag No No Yes
Make My Day No No Yes Documentary

Video game[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2010 Kick-Ass: The Game No No Yes

Frequent collaborators[edit]

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  10. ^ Child, Ben (31 January 2012). "Matthew Vaughn to direct sequel to X-Men: First Class". The Guardian. London.
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  15. ^ "Sophie Cookson Lands Female Lead in Matthew Vaughn's 'Secret Service' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  16. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Matthew Vaughn's 'The Secret Service' Gets A Femme Fatale in Sofia Boutella". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  17. ^ Chitwood, Adam (13 March 2017). "Warner Bros. Eyeing Matthew Vaughn to Direct Man of Steel 2". Collider. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  18. ^ Lyus, Jon (15 September 2017). "Matthew Vaughn Confirms Talks for the Next Superman Film". HeyUGuys. Archived from the original on 10 December 2019. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  19. ^ Han, Karen (30 May 2019). "Rocketman producer Matthew Vaughn explains what his Man of Steel 2 may have looked like". Polygon. Archived from the original on 30 May 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  20. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (8 July 2021). "Henry Cavill, Sam Rockwell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bryan Cranston, Dua Lipa, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cena, Catherine O'Hara Set For New Matthew Vaughn Spy Franchise 'Argylle'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 9 July 2021. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  21. ^ Kroll, Justin; Fleming, Mike Jr. (4 August 2021). "Apple Lands Matthew Vaughn's Star-Studded Spy Film 'Argylle' In Massive Package Deal". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 4 August 2021. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
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  25. ^ "Celebrity couple's love for Suffolk". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 17 March 2011.

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