Simon Pegg –


About Simon Pegg (1970 – )

Simon John Pegg was raised in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, the son of Gillian Rosemary (née Smith), a former civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician and keyboard salesman. His parents divorced when he was seven and he took the surname of his stepfather (Pegg), after his mother remarried. Pegg attended various schools, including Castle Hill Primary School, Brockworth Comprehensive Secondary School and The King's School, Gloucester.

Pegg moved to Stratford-upon-Avon when he was 16 and studied English Literature and Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon College. He graduated from the University of Bristol in 1991 with a BA in Theatre, Film and Television and wrote his undergraduate thesis on "A Marxist overview of popular 1970s cinema and hegemonic discourses". While there, Simon performed as a member of the comedy troupe "David Icke and the Orphans of Jesus", alongside David Walliams, Dominik Diamond, Myfanwy Moore, Barnaby Power, and Jason Bradbury.

Pegg's early appearances in TV series and films include Asylum, Six Pairs of Pants, Faith in the Future, Big Train and Hippies. Between 1998 and 2004, Pegg was regularly featured on BBC Radio 4's The 99p Challenge. Pegg's other credits include appearances in the World War II mini-series Band of Brothers; the television comedies Black Books, Brass Eye and I'm Alan Partridge; and the films The Parole Officer, 24 Hour Party People, and Guest House Paradiso. He played various roles during the tour of Steve Coogan's 1998 live stage show The Man Who Thinks He's It.

In 1999, he created and co-wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced with Jessica Stevenson. The series was directed by Edgar Wright, with whom Pegg and Stevenson had previously worked on Asylum, and Pegg wrote the character of Mike Watt specifically for his friend Nick Frost. For his performance in this series, Pegg was nominated for a British Comedy Award as Best Male Comedy Newcomer. The experience of making a Spaced fantasy sequence featuring zombies led to Pegg and Wright co-writing the "romantic zombie comedy" film Shaun of the Dead, released in April 2004, in which Pegg also starred. At George A. Romero's invitation, Pegg and Wright made cameo appearances in Romero's zombie film, Land of the Dead. In 2004, Pegg starred in a spin-off of the television show Danger! 50,000 Volts! called Danger! 50,000 Zombies!, in which he played a zombie hunter named Dr. Fell.

He played mutant bounty hunter Johnny Alpha, the Strontium Dog, in a series of Big Finish Productions audio plays based on the character from British comic 2000 AD. Pegg also appeared in Big Finish Productions' Doctor Who audio story Invaders From Mars as Don Chaney, and appeared in the Doctor Who television series, playing the Editor in the 2005 episode "The Long Game". He also narrated the first series of the "making-of" documentary series Doctor Who Confidential.

Upon completion of Shaun of the Dead, Pegg was questioned as to whether he would be abandoning the British film industry for bigger and better things, and he replied, "It's not like I'm going to run off and do Mission: Impossible III!", picking the title of an imaginary blockbuster. When the film Mission: Impossible III was subsequently made, Pegg appeared in it as Benji Dunn, an I.M.F. technician who assists Tom Cruise's character Ethan Hunt. He reprised the role of Benji Dunn in the 2011 film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and the 2015 film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

In 2006, he played Gus in Big Nothing alongside David Schwimmer. The same year, Pegg and Wright completed their second film, Hot Fuzz, released in February 2007. The film is a police-action movie homage and also stars Nick Frost, in which Pegg plays Nicholas Angel, a London policeman transferred to rural Sandford, a fictional village where grisly events take place. In 2007, Pegg starred in The Good Night (directed by Jake Paltrow) and Run Fatboy Run directed by David Schwimmer and co-starring Thandie Newton and Hank Azaria. In 2008, he wrote the dialogue for an English language re-release of the cult 2006 animated Norwegian film, Free Jimmy. Pegg received screenwriting credit for this, and Pegg also voiced one of the main characters in the English-language version, which has an international range of actors including Woody Harrelson.

Pegg co-wrote the script for a film called Paul, about two young men who encounter a comedic extraterrestrial alien during a road trip across the US. The completed script appeared on the 2008 "Brit List", a film-industry-compiled survey of the best unproduced British screenplays, inspired by the American Black List. In those films and in Spaced, Pegg typically plays the leading hero while Frost plays the sidekick. However Paul reverses this dynamic. The film was later produced, and was released in 2011.

Pegg and Wright completed the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (the first two films being Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) with their 2013 film The World's End.

Pegg played engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in Star Trek, the eleventh film in the Star Trek film series, released 8 May 2009. He reprised the role in the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness. In 2010 he appeared as William Burke in Burke and Hare, a film directed by John Landis about some Ulstermen who were notorious murderers and bodysnatchers in early 19th-century Edinburgh. His likeness was also used for the character of Wee Hughie in the comic book series The Boys; while this was done without Pegg's permission, he quickly became a fan of the title, and even wrote the introduction to the first bound volume. He voiced Reepicheep, the heroic mouse in Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Pegg married his long-time girlfriend Maureen McCann, a music industry publicist, in July of 2005 in Glasgow. Best friend Nick Frost was the best man at his wedding. The couple has one child together, Matilda (born 2009).

Along with Jonny Buckland, Pegg is godfather to Apple, daughter of close friends Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow. In return, Martin is godfather to Pegg's daughter. Pegg's parents and sister briefly appeared in Spaced, while his mother appeared in both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Pegg was awarded an honorary fellowship by the University of Gloucestershire on 4 December 2008.

Pegg has supported the HeForShe feminist campaign.

Simon Pegg's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1999 Tube Tales Clerk
1999 Guest House Paradiso Mr. Nice
2001 The Parole Officer Deflated Husband
2002 24 Hour Party People Paul Morley
2004 Shaun of the Dead Shaun Riley
2005 The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse Peter Cow
2005 Land of the Dead Photo Booth Zombie
2006 Mission: Impossible III Benji Dunn
2006 Big Nothing Gus
2006 Free Jimmy Odd (voice)
2007 Grindhouse Cannibal
2007 The Good Night Paul
2007 Hot Fuzz Sgt. Nicholas Angel
2007 Run Fatboy Run Dennis Doyle
2007 Diary of the Dead Newsreader (voice)
2008 How to Lose Friends and Alienate People Sidney Young
2009 Star Trek Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Buck (voice)
2010 Burke and Hare William Burke
2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Reepicheep (voice)
2011 Paul Graeme Willy
2011 Scrat's Continental Crack-up Buck (voice)
2011 The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Thompson (voice)
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Benji Dunn
2011 The Death and Return of Superman John Landis
2012 A Fantastic Fear of Everything Jack
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
2013 The World's End Gary King
2014 Cuban Fury Mondeo Driver
2014 Hector and the Search for Happiness Hector
2014 Kill Me Three Times Charlie Wolfe
2014 The Boxtrolls Hebert Trubshaw (voice)
2015 Man Up Jack
2015 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Benji Dunn
2015 Absolutely Anything Neil Clarke
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Unkar Plutt
2016 Ice Age: Collision Course Buck (voice)
2016 Star Trek Beyond Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

Simon Pegg's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1995 Six Pairs of Pants Various Characters
Faith in the Future Jools
1996 Asylum Simon
1997 I'm Alan Partridge Steve Bennett
1997 We Know Where You Live Various Characters
1998 Live from the Lighthouse Robert Jobson
1998 Is It Bill Bailey? Various Characters
Big Train Various Characters
1999 Tube Tales Clerk
1999 Hippies Ray Purbbs
Spaced Tim Bisley
2000 Randall & Hopkirk Justin Pope
2001 Brass Eye Gerard Chote
2001 Band of Brothers First Sergeant William Evans
2001 Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible Angus
2002 Look Around You Sleeping Queen's Guard
2002 Linda Green Jay
2003 Final Demand Colin Taylor
2004 Sex & Lies Radio DJ
2004 Black Books Evan
2004 I Am Not an Animal Kieron (voice)
2005 Look Around You Handsome Man
2005 Doctor Who The Editor
2005 Doctor Who Confidential Narrator
2005 Spider-Plant Man Frank Matters
2009 Robot Chicken Various voices
2012 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Dengar (voice)
2012 Room on the Broom Narrator
Phineas and Ferb Various voices
2013 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Pitch Kickham (voice)
2013 Mob City Hecky Nash

Memorable Quotes by Simon Pegg

[on seeing Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope for the first time as a child] “It was like an awakening.”

“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?”

“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.”

“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 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.”

[on 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.”

Things You May Not Know About Simon Pegg

Pegg 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".

He 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.

Nick Frost, who co-stars with Pegg in Hot Fuzz, Spaced and Shaun of the Dead, is Pegg's real life best friend and former flatmate. Before they first starred in Spaced together, Frost had no formal training as an actor, but is now a top comedy name in the United Kingdom.

Lost two stone (28 pounds) for his role in Hot Fuzz.

Is a huge fan of Gillian Anderson and The X-Files.

On July 1, 2009, Simon announced on his official website that his wife Maureen Pegg (nee 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".

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Simon Pegg in Shaun of the Dead (2004)... top picture
with Bill Nighy... with Nick Frost second from top... with Kate Ashford in picture four.
Simon Pegg in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015).
Pegg in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011).
Pegg as Charlie Wolfe in Kill Me Three Times (2014).
With Nick Frost in Spaced (1991-2001).
Pegg in Hot Fuzz (2007)... with Nick Frost in top picture.
As Scotty in Star Trek (2009, 2013, 2016).
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Pegg in How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (2008)... with Kirsten Dunst in top picture...
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In Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)... top picture with Jean Reno.
Pegg in A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012).
In Man Up (2015)... with Lake Bell in bottom two pictures.
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Simon Pegg in The World's End (2013)... with Nick Frost
and Martin Freeman in top picture... with Nick Frost in second picture from bottom.