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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.

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Star Trek Beyond Trailer


Star Trek Beyond is the thirteenth film to be released from the Star Trek franchise and comes as the follow up to Star Trek Into Darkness.

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Simon Pegg Drew On Comedy Skills For Star Trek Beyond


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The British actor joined the likes of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana in becoming a part of the new lineup, which was reprised seven years after 2002's Star Trek Nemisis. Simon plays engineer Scotty, but was also hired as screenwriter for the upcoming Star Trek Beyond.

Having made a name for himself in comedy projects such as TV series Spaced and funny flicks Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Simon felt he was the right person to bring the sci-fi series' humorous side back to the forefront.

"You know, understandably, I think when my name was linked to it, people were like, 'Oh, no, it’s going to be a comedy,'” he told Collider. "That’s not what we want to do, but both Doug (Jung, co-writer) and myself and the whole cast and Justin (Lin, director) are very keen for the film to be fun...

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Mark Rylance Circling Another Spielberg Movie


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The British actor struck gold at the 2016 Academy Awards for his role in Bridge of Spies, their first project together, and they have already completed filming on the big screen adaptation of children's book The BFG, with Rylance lending his voice to the titular big, friendly giant.

Earlier this week (11Apr16), Rylance signed on to portray Pope Pius IX in Spielberg's The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara, and now he is in talks to also join the line-up for Ready Player One, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The sci-fi movie, based on Ernest Cline's 2011 book of the same name, is set to begin production in late June (16) and Rylance is currently trying to work out scheduling issues.

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Star Trek Beyond Will Pay Tribute To Leonard Nimoy


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The British comedian reprises his role as Scotty in the third instalment of the sci-fi franchise, which he also co-wrote, and assured fans that the film will include a tribute to Star Trek legend Leonard, who died in 2015.

"How could there not be?" he tells the Associated Press at CinemaCon 2016. "Leonard was, for many people, the face of Star Trek, Spock is such a recognisable, beloved character that we wanted to, in some degree, pay tribute to him and we have done. It felt like a no-brainer really."

He did not reveal what form the dedication would take, but it follows a tribute made by the Star Trek Beyond cast to Leonard as part of a charity fundraising drive last year (15).

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Simon Pegg: 'Chris Martin Struggled With Gwyneth Paltrow Fame Levels'


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The funnyman, who has been friends with the singer since 2000 and is godfather to his daughter Apple, was part of the rock star's inner circle when he first started dating Oscar winner Gwyneth, and he recalls just how "confused" his mate was as his love life started making headlines.

"Gwyneth had been in the limelight for a long time, so she was much better at handling it," Pegg told Rolling Stone. "Whereas I think Chris found it extremely confusing.

"It was flattering that people were interested, but, at the same time, deeply disturbing that people would make s**t up or follow them around."

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BAFTAs: BAFTA Fundraising Gala Dinner & Auction At BAFTA

Simon Pegg - BAFTAs: BAFTA fundraising gala dinner & auction at BAFTA - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 11th February 2016

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Rich Cline's 10 Worst Films Of 2015


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Most of these movies feature actors, actresses and filmmakers who really should have known better... Terminator Genisys,  The Visit, The Scorch Trails

10. Terminator Genisys
Surely this fragmented, messy reboot will sink this franchise forever. Nothing about the story or characters made any sense. But it looked cool. 

9. The Visit
M Night Shyamalan went minimal for this unoriginal found-footage horror-comedy that manages a hint of gleeful grisliness but no real characters or plot. 

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Ice Age Collision Course - Teaser Trailer


Most people are familiar with the big bang theory but not many people know just how significant Scrat is to the whole preceding. After a fluke accident (whilst trying to protect his beloved acorn) Scrat discovers a frozen alien spaceship and soon begins a collision course which will change the world forever.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - European Premiere

Simon Pegg - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - European Premiere at Leicester Square, London - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 16th December 2015

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - UK Film Premiere

Simon Pegg - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - UK film premiere - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 16th December 2015

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Review

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Appealing both to a new generation of viewers and fans of the series since the beginning, this 30-years-later sequel to 1983's Return of the Jedi is a thrilling adventure. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams has managed to capture the tone of the original trilogy while telling a story about young, vibrant new characters whose connection to the overall saga deepens intriguingly as events unfurl.

Over the past three decades, the Empire has regrouped, forming the First Order to crush the Old Republic for good. And the plucky Rebellion hasn't offered much resistance since leader Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) disappeared. The Empire's top henchman Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is searching for him just as diligently as the rebel leader General Leia (Carrie Fisher). But the real action is happening out of their grasp, as disaffected storm trooper Finn (John Boyega) teams up with rebel pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) and then feisty scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) and expressive droid BB-8. Along the way, Han Solo and Chewbacca (Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew) find themselves back in the fray. And everyone is startled when there's a strong stirring in the force.

Abrams beautifully recreates the scruffy, clanky mechanical atmosphere of the original trilogy, infusing scenes with witty banter and John William's soaring score to throw us right back into that familiar galaxy. This includes the saga's main themes: the temptation of power, how true heroism is often accidental, and the tension between parents and children. Combine this with a plot that propels itself with a series of unexpected adventures and battles, all centred on the characters, and the film taps strongly into the teen in all of us.

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The Enterprise Crew Face Their Worst Fate Yet In 'Star Trek Beyond' - Trailer


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The crew of the USS Enterprise are, by now, adept at overcoming life-threatening situations, but the upcoming third instalment of the re-boot 'Star Trek' film series sees them facing a threat much more serious than ever before. 'Star Trek Beyond' unveils a new adversary for Kirk, Spock and company.

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The USS Enterprise has suffered a fair share of damage during the team's various adventures, but this time it gets utterly destroyed by some unidentified aliens. Without their starship, they are completed stranded on a strange planet with no way of getting help. And not only that, but, surprise surprise, this planet happens to be home to a new mortal enemy. But how are they going to defeat them without their beloved Enterprise?

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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens TV Spot Trailer


After the victory of the Rebel Alliance over the Galactic Empire and subsequent demolition of The Death Star, you'd imaging life in a certain galaxy would be a little more subdued, but as we soon learn, life for Princess Leia, Luke and Hans wasn't exactly easy following their small yet essential victory.

30 years on and to most citizens - humanoid and alien - the stories of evil Lord Darth Vader and the Jedi Masters are just a legend, a story they tell their children that starts with the well-known overture: 'A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away'. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh film in the Star Wars series and is an additional story to the original Star Wars outline.

The film follows a set of new characters as they join the battle and fight the evil forces once again threatening to destroy their galaxy. The Force Awakens was directed by Jj Abrams and sees a number of cast favourites return to the story including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

Celebrities Attend The Annual Jonathan Ross Halloween Party, Held At His Home In Hampstead

Simon Pegg - Celebrities attend the annual Jonathan Ross Halloween Party, held at his home in Hampstead - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 31st October 2015

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Jonathan Ross's Annual Halloween Party

Simon Pegg - Jonathan Ross's annual Halloween party - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 31st October 2015

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Simon Pegg

Date of birth

14th February, 1970

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.78




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Star Trek Beyond Trailer

Star Trek Beyond Trailer

Star Trek Beyond is the thirteenth film to be released from the Star Trek franchise...

Star Trek Beyond - Teaser Trailer

Star Trek Beyond - Teaser Trailer

Trekkies around the world rejoice! Star Trek Beyond will be upon us next year. The...

Ice Age Collision Course - Teaser Trailer

Ice Age Collision Course - Teaser Trailer

Most people are familiar with the big bang theory but not many people know just...

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Movie Review

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Movie Review

Appealing both to a new generation of viewers and fans of the series since the...

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens TV Spot Trailer

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens TV Spot Trailer

After the victory of the Rebel Alliance over the Galactic Empire and subsequent demolition of...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

It's been thirty years since the Rebel Alliance; led by the noble Luke Skywalker, the...

Absolutely Anything Movie Review

Absolutely Anything Movie Review

Simon Pegg continues his rollercoaster career, alternating between superior blockbuster franchises (Mission: Impossible and Star...

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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - Spin Cycle Featurette Trailer

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If you read our story on Tom Cruise working with Simon Pegg on 'Mission: Impossible...

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Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie brings a dark and gritty tone to this larger-than-life franchise. Along with...

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The IMF (Impossible Mission Force) have been active for years, but it's time has run...

Man Up Movie Review

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Truly enjoyable British romantic-comedies come along so rarely (Four Weddings and a Funeral was more...

Absolutely Anything Trailer

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If you could change absolutely anything in the world, what would it be? This is...

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Man Up Trailer

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