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.
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.
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.
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.
Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie brings a dark and gritty tone to this larger-than-life franchise. Along with a constant stream of barbed humour, the film has an enjoyably knotted mystery plot and action set-pieces that feel like they're grounded in the real world. It's a terrific shift into earthy believability for a series of movies that has previously indulged in gleefully incoherent narratives and exaggerated explosive chaos.
Right from the start, our hero Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is an outsider. As he searches for a shady assassin (Sean Harris) and his mythical organisation The Syndicate, Ethan's Impossible Mission Force is being dissolved by the US government. CIA Director Hunley (Alec Baldwin) absorbs the IMF team, but tech genius Benji (Simon Pegg) secretly helps Ethan, enlisting Luther (Ving Rhames) and William (Jeremy Renner) as well. Soon, all three are gallivanting from Vienna to Morocco and back to London, as Ethan works with double or perhaps triple agent Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) to prove that The Syndicate exists and stop its nefarious plan.
The film plays out like an edgy James Bond adventure, as Ethan works with a possibly dangerous woman in exotic locations in pursuit of some very shadowy baddies. McQuarrie's script is unusually lucid for this genre, piecing together the various elements expertly, building a genuine sense of tension without ever letting things tip over into overblown silliness. The chase sequences are remarkably rough and unpredictable, avoiding digital trickery to create moments that are jaw-droppingly authentic. As usual, we can tell that Cruise does his own stunts; the opening hanging-from-an-airplane scene is awesome, and a helmet-free motorbike chase looks even more perilous. With the IMF disbanded, it's never quite clear how Ethan funds his one-man operation, but he has a terrific supply of cool gadgets stashed all over Europe.
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The Hollywood star was surprised at how exhausting working on 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' was.
It's been nearly twenty years but it seems people still can't get enough of the 'Mission: Impossible' movies, especially Tom Cruise. Returning as Ethan Hunt in the fifth instalment of the spy franchise 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation', he opens up about stunts - and how they don't seem to be getting any easier.
Tom Cruise felt the stakes were higher doing the stunts for 'Mission: Impossible 5'
You'd think after four mega exhausting 'Mission: Impossible' movies plus a host of other visually explosive flicks, another one would be a piece of cake. Well, not exactly. He might have got the hang of using firearms and staged fighting, but he was still surprised to see how much he was trusted, and how much he was yet to learn about stuntwork.
Amy Schumer’s shoot for GQ, in which she was photographed dressed as a ‘Star Wars’ character, was not approved by Lucasfilm.
Amy Schumer’s Star Wars themed GQ shoot was not approved by Lucasfilm. Schumer featured on the cover of GQ’s August edition in a shoot she designed herself. She was pictured in suggestive poses with robots C-3PO and R2-D2, can-can dancing with Storm troopers and partying in a bar with some beloved Star Wars characters. Some Star Wars fans took to Twitter to express their distaste and Lucasfilm was forced to reply, confirming they had nothing to do with the shoot.
Amy Schumer at the 2015 CinemaCin Big Achievements Awards, held in Las Vegas in April.
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Simon Pegg had revealed that the Bond actor would be making a very short guest appearance as a Stormtrooper in the new movie.
Daniel Craig has rubbished the notion of making a cameo appearance in the forthcoming Star Wars movie, after Simon Pegg let slip by accident that the big screen icon will be making a brief turn as a Stormtrooper.
The James Bond actor, busy putting the finishing touches on his fourth movie as the British spy Spectre, gave pretty short shrift to the rumour when it was raised in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Daniel Craig shooting the new James Bond movie Spectre in London in May 2015
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The actor also helped announce details of a competition that will see one lucky fan appear in the upcoming movie.
Idris Elba has confirmed he will be starring in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond after appearing in a behind the scenes video for a new fan competition where he showed off his breakdancing skills. Launched today, the 'Star Trek: To Boldly Go' competition offers fans the opportunity to win a walk-on role in the movie, with all funds raised going towards nine different charities.
Idris Elba will be appearing in Star Trek: Beyond
Elba appears alongside returning Star Trek cast members Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Karl Urban in the video, which was filmed onboard the Starship Enterprise. At the end of the clip Elba shows off his dancing skills as he busts a few moves in front of his new co-stars.
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The IMF (Impossible Mission Force) have been active for years, but it's time has run out. The head of the CIA (Alec Baldwin) informs them that they are to be disbanded, but some people can't actually adjust to that sort of thing. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) can't let go, and soon discovers that the IMF is actually needed more than ever. The Syndicate - a Rouge Nation - has been steadily growing over the years, and is seen as an anti-IMF. Now, Hunt and his team must engage in their most impossible mission to date, and fight an enemy which, officially, does not exist.
Truly enjoyable British romantic-comedies come along so rarely (Four Weddings and a Funeral was more than 20 years ago) that there's cause to celebrate this smart, likeable romp. Director Ben Palmer and writer Tess Morris never try to obscure the predictable plot, but they pack every scene with sharp characters, snappy dialogue and riotous set-pieces. As a result, we're laughing so much that we barely notice that we're also being reeled in emotionally.
The story centres on Nancy (Lake Bell), who is feeling particularly alone while travelling to London and a 40th anniversary party for her parents (Ken Stott and Harriet Walter). Whinging to her sister (Sharon Horgan) on the phone, she is challenged to be more spontaneous. So when she arrives at Waterloo Station and meets Jack (Simon Pegg), who mistakes her for his blind date, she decides to go along with it, assuming the identity of 24-year-old triathlete Jessica (Ophelia Lovibond). As the afternoon and evening roll out, Nancy and Jack get along surprisingly well until they run into both his bitter ex (Olivia Williams) and one of her old school friends (Kinnear), who sees this as his chance to win her over.
While there are plenty of farcical moments on this drunken night out, the filmmakers never play up the slapstick, acknowledging every over-the-top moment with an eye-roll and a pithy comment. Pegg and Bell are simply perfect for these roles: smart, witty, likeable people with questionable social skills. Both characters are a bit beaten down, but they're also open to what life throws at them, so the rather messy journey they take is thoroughly engaging. They also leave much of the crazier comedy to expert supporting players like Williams and especially Kinnear, whose character very nearly steals the movie with his goofy stalker-like antics.
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Simon Pegg says he finds it difficult to write for women.
Simon Pegg, the British actor and filmmake writing the new Star Trek screenplay, says he and long-time collaborator Edgar Wright find it difficult to write for women. Pegg's latest movie, Man Up, is a romantic comedy about a thirtysomething woman who ends up on an impromptu blind date with after a case of mistaken identity.
Simon Pegg says he can't write for women
It's written by Tess Morris - screenwriter behind the Emma Thompson comedy The Love Punch and previous to that, soaps like Hollyoaks - though Pegg says he could never have written for the genre.
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If you could change absolutely anything in the world, what would it be? This is the ultimate question that Neil Clarke finds himself faced with when he wakes up with the ability to become whoever he wants to be, have whatever he wants and make the impossible very easily possible. Little does he know that this is a test set up by some disgruntled extra-terrestrial lifeforms, who have given the following ultimatum: use this ultimate power for good, or watch the Earth burn. Unfortunately, Neil has a lot of things in his own life that he would like to change, let alone important things in the rest of the world. He wishes for an easier life, to be more attractive and to win the heart of his neighbour Catherine. But, as Spider-Man once said, with great power comes great responsibility, so if he is thinking of making some big changes, he ought to make sure he's really thought them through first.
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Simon Pegg says sci-fi is dangerous, kids.
Simon Pegg, the celebrated British actor and co-writer of the next Star Trek movie, has warned that an "obsession" with sci-fi is leading to society becoming "infantilized". The 45-year-old also spoke of his reservations about becoming the "poster child" for the "geekdom generation."
Simon Pegg was warned of the dangers of sci-fi
"Obviously," he told the Radio Times, "I'm very much a self-confessed fan of science-fiction and genre cinema. But part of me looks at society as it is now and thinks we've been infantilised by our own taste. We're essentially all consuming very childish things - comic books, superheroes. Adults are watching this stuff, and taking it seriously!"
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Date of birth
14th February, 1970