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Simon Pegg has had roles in a number of blockbusters including Star Trek Into Darkness
Simon Pegg started his comedy acting in British sitcom Spaced with his frequent collaborators, actors Nick Frost and Jessica Hynes and director, Edgar Wright. The series was translated in an American remake of which neither Pegg nor any of the other British show creators were approached about but, fortunately, Pegg was able to make his mark on American TV without the help of his original show.
He entered US consciousness himself with his Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy of films: Shaun of the Dead in 2004; Hot Fuzz in 2007; and At World’s End in 2013.
Since then his film appearances have ranged from aliens on earth in Paul, to outer space adventures as Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott in Star Trek, to action spy thrillers as Benji Dunn in Mission Impossible.
In each, however, he has held firmly on to his hilarious comedic roots.
Jane Leeves found fame stateside in the hit comedy, Frasier
An oldie but a goodie, Jane Leeves emigrated to the USA in the 1980s to pursue her desire to act and succeeded in achieving wide fame as Daphne Moon in the hugely popular Cheers spin off sitcom, Frasier.
Prior to that and back in Britain, however, she had started to make waves on the UK comedy scene with small roles in The Benny Hill Show and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.
But, once she achieved notoriety in Frasier she didn’t pause to look back and starred in motion picture hits including Miracle on 34th Street and James and the Giant Peach. A
fter a period of working behind the cameras, she returned to the spotlight in 2010 as Joy Scroggs in the widely praised American sitcom, Hot in Cleveland.