Simon Pegg

Biography

Date of Birth 14 February 1970, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, UK Birth Name Simon John Beckingham Height 5' 10" (1.78 m) Mini Biography English actor, writer and comedian Simon Pegg is the son of a jazz musician father and a civil servant mother. His parents divorced when Pegg was seven. He was educated at Brockworth Comprehensive Secondary School in Gloucestershire and went on to Stratford-upon-Avon College to study English literature and performance studies. He then attended the University of Bristol, and earned a bachelor's degree in drama. In the early 1990s, Pegg moved to London and began forging a successful career in stand-up comedy. Television opportunities followed including roles in "Six Pairs of Pants" (1995), "Asylum" (1996) and "We Know Where You Live" (1997). In 1999, Pegg and Jessica Hynes teamed up to write and star in cult sitcom "Spaced" (1999), directed by Edgar Wright. The series also featured Pegg's best friend, Nick Frost. Pegg's breakthrough in film came with the zom-rom-com Shaun of the Dead (2004), which he also co-wrote with director Edgar Wright. Again, the film featured Nick Frost. The trio also scored a hit with police comedy Hot Fuzz (2007). Further film successes followed for Pegg, notably in the iconic role of Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in Star Trek (2009) and alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III (2006) and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011). Spouse Maureen Pegg (23 July 2005 - present) 1 child Trade Mark References Sci-fi and pop culture in his films and shows His characters are often arrogant but likeable Often works with Nick Frost and Edgar Wright Often plays losers and underachievers Trivia Graduated from Bristol university in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre, film and television. Is a huge Star Wars fan and his work often includes references to the Star Wars saga. In addition to the numerous visual reference to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) in Shaun of the Dead (2004), his flatmate, Pete, is played by Peter Serafinowicz, the voice of Darth Maul. He went to Brockworth School in Gloucester and opened their new business centre in 2004. Was offered the lead role of Rorschach in the doomed movie adaptation of the comic book miniseries, The Watchmen. He turned it down because it would become too "Simon Pegg *is* Rorschach". Auditioned for the role of Rufus in Love Actually (2003). Was the drummer in a band called "God's Third Leg" when he was 16. He was part of the same comedy troupe as David Walliams, Matt Lucas and Dominik Diamond. Is godfather of Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter, Apple. Was originally slated to play Rose Tyler's father in the first series of "Doctor Who" (2005), but due to a scheduling conflict took the role of The Editor in another episode. Was offered a role in Dog Soldiers (2002), but turned it down at Edgar Wright's request, as Wright wanted Shaun of the Dead (2004) to be Pegg's first role in a horror movie. Nick Frost, who co-stars with Pegg in Hot Fuzz (2007), "Spaced" (1999) and Shaun of the Dead (2004), is Pegg's real life best friend and former flatmate. Before they first starred in "Spaced" (1999) together, Frost had no formal training as an actor, but is now a top comedy name in the United Kingdom. He was cast in the role of "Benji" in Mission: Impossible III (2006) after Ricky Gervais was unable to take the role. J.J. Abrams, director of the film, is said to be a huge fan of Shaun of the Dead (2004). Hot Fuzz (2007) was shot in and around the city of Wells, one of the smallest cities in the United Kingdom. Pegg revealed that he would like to return to "Spaced" (1999), in the form of a one-hour special. The one-off show would reveal what became of the main characters. Pegg revealed this in a 2007 interview with Spaced co-star Bill Bailey. Lost two stone (28 pounds) for his role in Hot Fuzz (2007). When asked by a journalist whether England hadn't become too small for him after the worldwide success of Shaun of the Dead (2004), he replied "It's not like I'm going to be starring in Mission: Impossible III". Six months later, he was cast as Benji in Mission: Impossible III (2006). He is the Darrick Robertson's "model" for Wee Hughie in "The Boys" by Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson. He is a big fan of Gillian Anderson and "The X Files" (1993). Attended Stratford-Upon-Avon college, and studied Performance Studies and English. Along with Alan Dale, Daphne Ashbrook, Guy Siner, Maurice Roëves, Olaf Pooley, Barrie Ingham, John Franklyn-Robbins, Christopher Neame and Deep Roy, he is one of only ten actors to have speaking roles in both the "Star Trek" and "Doctor Who" franchises. He played the Editor in "Doctor Who: The Long Game (#1.7)" (2005) and Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in Star Trek (2009). He appeared with Roy in the latter. Mother's name is Gillian. Worked in British department store Debenhams on the menswear department at the Bristol store before he went into acting. His favourite movie is Raising Arizona (1987) and his favourite television series are "The X Files" (1993) and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997). On 6 July 2009, Simon announced on his official website that his wife Maureen McCann had given birth to a daughter a few days earlier. However, he added "name, weight, time, place etc all belong to us and we won't be going out of our way to divulge them anytime soon". Father's name is John. Worked with director J.J. Abrams on Mission: Impossible III (2006) and then again on Star Trek (2009). Both films were based on television series from the 1960s, and Leonard Nimoy appeared on both. Simon is a friend of Coldplay and has played drums and harmonica for the band as well as appearing in some of their videos. Personal Quotes It was like an awakening. - speaking about seeing Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) for the first time as a child. You know what, despite my complaints about The Phantom Menace and Episode II, when Episode III comes out I'll be first in line. I genuinely love it. Every person should have their escape route planned. I think everyone has an apocalypse fantasy, what would I do in the event of the end of the world, and we just basically - me and Nick - said what would we do, where would we head? I always loved horror and that's sort of the reason we decided to make the film. We were nourished on those sorts of films, so it was a labor of love. Chris Martin's a good friend of mine. I'm actually Apple's godfather. He's an old friend and we've been mates for quite a few years now. Doctor Who was a big part of my childhood so it was a great honour to be in it. But I think there's plenty of British comedy that Americans have never seen that they would like but sometimes things just get through. Both me and Edgar are firm believers in never underestimating or talking down to an audience, and giving an audience something to do, to give them something which is entirely up to them to enter into the film and find these hidden things and whatever. As a certain kind of threat, as monsters from the id, they're more affective as aggressive killing machines, but I think the whole point of the zombie as Romero framed it was that it's us. They're like larva. They just keep coming. Because once the word got out that we were making Shaun of the Dead (2004), we didn't want people to think we were backtracking or changing our minds. And also, isn't the root of the word zombie from somnambulist, which means sleepwalker. By the very running immediately stops them from being zombies. American audiences tend to be more expressive than British ones. [Shaun of the Dead (2004)] I wrote "Spaced" (1999) with Jessica Hynes (aka Jessica Stevenson), who plays "Yvonne" in the film - who is our savior that comes and gets us at the end. I used to lie in bed in my flat and imagine what would happen if there was a zombie attack. In England, we don't have any guns whatsoever. It's the very British thing of reserve and keeping everything shut in, that's what people do with their emotions, shut the curtains on them. I think that the joke and the ghost story both have a similar set up in that you kind of set something up and pay it off with a laugh or a scare. I think at its best the American sense of humor is the same as the British sense of humor at its best, which is to be wry and ironic and self deprecating. I don't know about doing a sequel. I think you can retroactively damage a product by adding to it. I just love listening to the laughter. I loved playing Shaun, he's not that different from me. I mean, yeah, I'm sure that Python and the other things have paved the way for a greater understanding of the British sense of humor, but I don't think it's all that different than the American sense of humor. I once showed a holiday video to my entire family and forgot there was a point where I flashed. I only realized about one second before it happened and couldn't get to the remote in time to stop them all from seeing me pull down my trousers and reveal myself. My sister screamed and my mum said, 'Ooh, that's changed.' Being the Doctor? I don't think I'd do it for two reasons. One, I'm really loving doing movies. I'm really enjoying working in the US. Second, I really love "Doctor Who" (2005) and I'd hate to have to sit down every Saturday night and have it be me. David's (David Tennant) done such an incredible job, he's gonna be a tough act to follow. It would feel awful if I just went and balled up the franchise by just being rubbish. [Talking about taking over the role of "Scotty" from the late James Doohan] I didn't want to do an impression of James Doohan, because the guy's a legend. I wanted to make it a tribute to him. His son, Christopher Doohan, was on the Enterprise with me. He was my assistant, so I was able to talk to him about his experiences with his dad. [on his How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) co-star Megan Fox] She's really sharp and actually a bit of a geek. Queen of the geeks - the most beautiful geek I've ever met. Even if she did keep pointing out I was old enough to be her father. Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It's basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.

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Birth Name

Simon John Beckingham

Birth Place

Gloucester, Gloucestershire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni

Birth Date

2/14/1970
Known For
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Mission: Impossible 3

Benji

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Shaun of the Dead

Shaun

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Hot Fuzz

Nicholas Angel

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Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Benji Dunn

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Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation

Benji Dunn

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Paul

Graeme Willy

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The Boxtrolls

Herbert Trubshaw (voice)

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How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

Sidney Young

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Burke and Hare

William Burke

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Absolutely Anything

Neil

Starring In
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Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One

Benji Dunn

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Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose

Nandor Fodor

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The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild

Buck (voice)

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Luck

Bob

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America: The Motion Picture

King James (voice)

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The Sparks Brothers

John Lennon (voice)

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Inheritance

Morgan Warner

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Lost Transmissions

Theo Ross

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Love, Antosha

Self

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Slaughterhouse Rulez

Meredith Houseman

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Tom Cruise: Mission Possible

Himself

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Mission: Impossible: Fallout

Benji Dunn

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Terminal

Bill

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Ready Player One

Curator / Ogden Morrow

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Cloverfield 3: The Cloverfield Paradox

Radio Voice (voice)

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Star Trek Beyond

Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott

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Ice Age: Collision Course

Buck / Pythagorus Buck / Robo Buck (voice)

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For the Love of Spock

Himself

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50 Years of Star Trek

Himself

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Building Star Trek

Himself

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Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey

Himself

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Unkar Plutt

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Absolutely Anything

Neil

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Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation

Benji Dunn

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Man Up

Jack

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Man Up

Jack

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The Boxtrolls

Herbert Trubshaw (voice)

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Hector and the Search for Happiness

Hector

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Cuban Fury

Driver in Car Park (uncredited)

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Kill Me Three Times

Charlie Wolfe

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Doc of the Dead

Self

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The World's End

Gary King

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Star Trek Into Darkness

Scotty

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A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Jack

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Ice Age: Continental Drift

Buck (voice)

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The Adventures of Tintin

Thompson (voice)

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Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Benji Dunn

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Paul

Graeme Willy

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The Death and Return of Superman

John Landis

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The People vs. George Lucas

Tim Bisley (archive footage)

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Burke and Hare

William Burke

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Reepicheep (voice)

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Scrat's Continental Crack-Up

Buck (voice)

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Buck (voice)

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Star Trek

Scotty

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Monty Python: Almost The Truth

Himself (unknown episodes)

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How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

Sidney Young

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The Good Night

Paul

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Diary of the Dead

Newsreader (voice) (uncredited)

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Run Fat Boy Run

Dennis Doyle

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Grindhouse

Bearded Cannibal (segment "Don't")

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Hot Fuzz

Nicholas Angel

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Free Jimmy

Odd (voice: English version)

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Big Nothing

Gus

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Mission: Impossible 3

Benji

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Land of the Dead

Photo Booth Zombie

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The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse

Peter Cow

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Shaun of the Dead

Shaun

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The Reckoning

Gaoler

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24 Hour Party People

Journalist

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Look Around You : Series 2

Handsome Man / ... (2 episodes, 2002-2005)

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The Parole Officer

Deflated Husband

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Guest House Paradiso

Mr Nice

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Tube Tales

Clerk (segment "Steal Away")

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