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Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1970-02-14 (50 years old)

70 Movies · 23 TV Series


Simon Pegg (born Simon John Beckingham) is an English comedic actor, writer, producer and director. He is best known for his TV show Spaced, about two roommates, as well as his film Shaun of the Dead, which he described as a 'Romantic Zombie Comedy'.  In 2009 he played Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the Star Trek Reboot, taking over the iconic role previously played by James Doohan, In 2005 he married Maureen McCann in Glasgow, Scotland.  In 2009 the pair had their first child.  He has stated that his favorite film is Raising Arizona and his favorite TV shows The X-FIles and Arrested Development.  

Personal Life

Pegg is an atheist. He married his long-time girlfriend Maureen McCann, a music industry publicist, on 23 July 2005 in Glasgow. They reside in Essendon, Hertfordshire, England. Best friend Nick Frost was the best man at his wedding. The couple have one child together, Matilda (born 2009).Pegg is close friends with Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin: Pegg appears as a violin-playing Elvis impersonator in Coldplay's 2010 single "Christmas Lights". Along with Jonny Buckland, Pegg is godfather to Apple, daughter of Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow. In return, Martin is godfather to Pegg's daughter. In a video interview with British GQ magazine in July 2018, Pegg stated that his daughter Matilda has sung backing vocals for Coldplay onstage at Glastonbury Festival. Pegg is also godfather to Joe, the son of actor and friend Martin Freeman. Pegg's parents and sister briefly appeared in Spaced, while his mother appeared in both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. In a July 2018 interview with The Guardian, Pegg opened up about his battle with depression and alcoholism, and how rehabilitation helped him recover from the latter. He stated: "When I watch [Mission: Impossible III], I can see where I was then, which was fairly lost, and unhappy, and an alcoholic [...] I'm not ashamed of what happened. And I think if anyone finds any relationship to it, then it might motivate them to get well. But I am not proud of it either — I don't think it's cool, like I was Mr. Rock ’n’ Roll, blackout and all that s---. It wasn't, it was just terrible."Pegg checked into a rehab shortly before production of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Hiding his recovery from the tabloids through court orders, some journalists went so far as to call the clinic pretending to be Pegg's mother. Pegg attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and has remained sober since.

Early Life

Pegg was born and 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 Castle Hill Primary School, Brockworth Comprehensive Secondary School, and The King's School, Gloucester.Pegg moved to Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire 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, titling his undergraduate thesis "A Marxist overview of popular 1970s cinema and hegemonic discourses". While there, he performed as a member of a comedy troupe called "David Icke" and the Orphans of Jesus, alongside David Walliams, Dominik Diamond, and Jason Bradbury. "When I graduated from university where I studied theater, film and television, I went into stand-up because comedy was something I enjoyed but also because it offered me a certain autonomy that I wouldn't have if I was sitting and waiting for the phone to ring as an actor. Then, I drifted into comedy acting through doing stand-up, and that was something that I really enjoyed. But, it wasn’t the only thing I ever wanted to do. There was a time when I was younger where I just wanted to be at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre."

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