Simon Pegg

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Simon Pegg (born Simon John Beckingham, 14.2.1970)

Simon Pegg is a British comedian, actor, writer and director. His career hit a high with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, though he had previously gained a following from the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced.

Simon Pegg: Childhood

Simon Pegg was born to Gillian and John Beckingham, in Brockworth, Gloucestershire. His father was a keyboard salesman and jazz musician and his mother a civil servant. John and Gillian divorced when Simon was seven years old and he took the surname Pegg when his mother re-married.

After attending a number of primary and secondary schools, Simon Pegg attended Stratford-Upon Avon College in order to study English literature and performance studies. He then graduated with a degree in drama from the University of Bristol. Whilst in Bristol, he appeared in a production of Victory by Howard Barker, alongside the playwrights Sarah Kane and David Greig.

Simon Pegg: Career

Simon Pegg moved to London in 1993, where he started performing on the stand-up comedy circuit. Two years later, he went to the Edinburgh festival with his one-man show. As a result, he was invited to perform around Australia and New Zealand in 1996 and 1997.

Pegg's stand-up performances also led to him appearing in Asylum, for the Paramount Comedy Channel, along with Jessica Stevenson, Julian Barrett and Edgar Wright. He also appeared in Six Pairs of Pants, Faith in the Future, Big Train (with Mark Heap and Kevin Eldon) and Hippies (with Sally Phillips).

During this time in his career, Simon Pegg also wrote for the Radio 4 show The 99p Challenge.

Pegg created and co-wrote the sitcom Spaced with Jessica Stevenson from 1999. Pegg's close friend Nick Frost was brought in to the show, which also starred Julia Deakin and Mark Heap.

Along with the Spaced director, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg went on to co-write Shaun of the Dead, a comedy zombie film. The film starred Nick Frost, Lucy Davis, Peter Serafinowicz and Dylan Moran. Out of respect, the notorious horror movie director George A. Romero invited Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright to make cameo appearances in his film Land of the Dead.

Simon Pegg has also had a number of small roles in a variety of TV shows, including the comedy Black Books, starring Bill Bailey and Dylan Moran. He also had a minor role in 24 Hour Party People, playing the journalist Mick Middles. The film also starred Steve Coogan.

Following the success of Shaun of the Dead, Pegg started working in Hollywood. He appeared in Mission Impossible III, with Ethan Hawke and Tom Cruise. In 2006, Pegg worked alongside David Schwimmer in Big Nothing. That same year, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright finished their second feature film together. Entitled Hot Fuzz, the film starred Nick Frost once more, as well as Pegg, Jim Broadbent and Timothy Dalton.

The next film to star Simon Pegg was the 2007, David Schwimmer-produced Run, Fatboy Run, which also starred Thandie Newton and Hank Azaria.

2009 was another pivotal year for Simon Pegg, as he played the role of Scotty in Star Trek. The film also featured Chris Pine, Zachary Pinto and Karl Urban and was directed by JJ Abrams.

Simon Pegg: Personal Life

Simon Pegg and Maureen McCann married in 2005 in Glasgow. They have a daughter named Minnie, born in 2009.

Simon Pegg is godfather to Chris Martin (of Coldplay)'s daughter, Apple.

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The Boxtrolls

13th June 2014 -

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12th June 2014 -

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Despite stating he had no interest in any role in Star Wars Episode VII, Simon Pegg has apparently filmed a not-so-secret-any-more scene in the new J.J Abrams movie.Simon Pegg filming scenes for the movie 'Absolutely...

The Things They Tweet: 4237916

10th June 2014 -

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"The Young Ones was to comedy as punk was to music and we have lost a true pioneer. Waking up to a world without Rik. Farewell People's Poet." Simon Pegg pays tribute to late British...

Simon Pegg Invites Fans To Shaun Of The Dead Zombie Walk

5th June 2014 -

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British actor Simon Pegg has invited fans to dress up as zombies and trudge across London as part of an event celebrating the 10th anniversary of his comedy horror film Shaun Of The Dead.The Star...

Samuel L. Jackson to host LC:M charity fashion ball

28th May 2014 -

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Samuel L. Jackson is hosting a charity ball as part of London Collections: Men.The 'Pulp Fiction' actor has been chosen to chair the fashion fundraiser held at the Natural History Museum on June 15, with...

Roberto Orci to direct Star Trek 3

15th May 2014 -

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Roberto Orci is to direct 'Star Trek 3'.The screenwriter-and-producer is reportedly in talks with Skydance and Paramount to make his directorial debut on the next installment of the sci-fi franchise, Variety reports.Orci and his writing...

Stars Pay Tribute To Tragic Teenager

14th May 2014 -

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Simon Pegg, Ricky Gervais and Barry Manilow have joined British Prime Minister David Cameron in mourning the death of a brave teenager who lost a battle with cancer after raising millions for charity.Brit Stephen Sutton,...

Russell Brand, Simon Pegg And Steve Coogan Join Cancer Drive

24th April 2014 -

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Tom Cruise to head to London for Mission: Impossible 5

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Empire Film Awards: James McAvoy, Emma Thompson, 'Gravity,' And 'The Hobbit' Take Home The Silver

31st March 2014 -

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Some of the biggest names in film were out last night for the Jameson Empire Film Awards, which saw the year's biggest and best movies awarded for a storming year in filmmaking. Voted for by...

The Things They Say: 4128800

28th March 2014 -

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"I'm so going to get gay married tonight at midnight! Well done Uk. Will be marrying (Nick Frost) obvs (obviously). Gay marriage Uk who will you gay marry." British actor Simon Pegg jokes about exchanging...

Hidden Below The Streets Are The 'Boxtrolls' [Trailer + Pictures]

20th March 2014 -

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The trailer for the latest film to come from Laika, Phil Knight's Hillsboro animation studio, has hit the web. ‘Boxtrolls’ tells the story of a group of goblins that live underground, feeding off grubs and...

The Boxtrolls

20th March 2014 -

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The Boxtrolls are odd underground creatures that wear cardboard boxes as if they were shells. Shy and wary of the unforgiving world around them, they take to the streets at night to recycle rubbish from...

Stars Jump For Charity Campaign

10th March 2014 -

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Stars including singer Nicole Scherzinger and British actor Simon Pegg have been photographed in mid-air for a new Oxfam charity campaign.The organisation's new Lift Lives for Good campaign aims to publicise the charity's work in...

Kate Beckinsale to star in Absolutely Anything

27th February 2014 -

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Kate Beckinsale has been cast in 'Absolutely Anything'.The 40-year-old actress - who will next hit the big screen in legal drama 'The Trials of Cate McCall' - will star alongside Simon Pegg in...

Nick Frost put his back out salsa dancing

6th February 2014 -

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Nick Frost ''put his back out'' while salsa dancing.The 41-year-old actor injured himself ''very badly'' while filming a dance-off with Chris O'Dowd for their new romantic comedy, 'Cuban Fury.'Speaking at the UK premiere of the...

Oscar Animated Shorts: Check Out The Nominees

31st January 2014 -

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Every year, The Academy makes a selection of short films from three separate disciplines: animation, documentary and live action. And while the latter categories are usually filled with hard-hitting, affecting stories, the animation section provides...

Tributes pour in for Peter O'Toole

16th December 2013 -

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Tributes have flooded in for Peter O'Toole. The eight-time Oscar nominated actor passed away in London yesterday (14.12.13) aged 81, and many have expressed their sadness at the loss of the great Hollywood star.His agent,...

Simon Pegg To Join Monty Python Cast Onscreen

12th December 2013 -

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British actor Simon Pegg is set to team up with the Monty Python cast in their new comedy movie.Python member Terry Jones will direct the film, titled Absolutely Anything, about a disillusioned school teacher who...

A Week In Movies: Wonder Woman is coming, Walker's Hours hits American cinemas, and a glimpse of the next Spider-man

6th December 2013 -

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The big story this week is that Wonder Woman will make her long-awaited big-screen debut in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. Israeli actress Gal Gadot has nabbed the...

The Boxtrolls

3rd December 2013 -

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Eggs is a young orphaned boy who had possibly the most unusual upbringing one could ever think of; he was raised by a group of inhuman trash collectors called the Boxtrolls who live in a...

Simon Pegg Credits Sobriety With Creativity Boost

25th November 2013 -

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British actor Simon Pegg is convinced giving up alcohol enhanced his creativity.The Star Trek actor stopped drinking aged 40 as he struggled to enjoy alcohol in moderation, and he believes learning to live without booze...

Simon Pegg hates being around drunks

25th November 2013 -

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Simon Pegg doesn't like being around drunk people.The 43-year-old actor gave up the booze years ago in a bid to stay trim and he admits he can't stand going to the pub with people who...

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20th November 2013 -

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British actor Simon Pegg has confirmed he will reprise his role as technology specialist Benji Dunn in the fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Pegg first joined the TOM CRUISE-led cast in 2006's...

Simon Pegg confirms Mission: Impossible 5 return

20th November 2013 -

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Simon Pegg has confirmed he will be returning for 'Mission: Impossible 5'.The British actor joked he has already started his diet of ''one carrot a day'' to reprise his role as tech expert Benji Dunn...

Simon Pegg's radiation trick

30th October 2013 -

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Simon Pegg convinced Benedict Cumberbatch he was being affected by radiation on the set of 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.Funnyman Simon played a practical joke on cast member Chris Pine - who plays Captain James T....

The Things They Tweet: 3926310

28th October 2013 -

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"Woken up to the sight on (of) an ancient, beloved willow tree sprawled across our garden, torn up at the roots. Feel like we lost an old pal." Simon Pegg has a garden casualty on...

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