Simon Pegg Biography

(English Actor, Screenwriter and Producer)

Birthday: February 14, 1970 (Aquarius)

Born In: Brockworth, England, United Kingdom

Simon Pegg is an actor, film producer and director best known for his work in ‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘Spaced’. The actor started his career in show business as a stand-up comedian and gradually moved on to acting before venturing into film production and direction. He frequently works in collaboration with Edgar Wright, Jessica Hynes, Nick Frost, and Dylan Moran with whom he has produced some of his best works. He loved watching horror movies as a kid and also had a penchant for comedy. He was musically inclined during his childhood and used to play drums in a band as a teenager. Having decided early in his life to pursue a career in acting, he studied drama at university. After his graduation, he started performing stand-up comedy before establishing himself as a stage comedian. He made a transition from stage to television with the comedy show ‘Faith in the Future’ in which he played a naive young man, Jools. The show ran for three seasons and helped him get roles in other television shows as well. Following his success in television he forayed into the world of movies where he created a name for himself with the movie ‘Shaun of the Dead’.

Quick Facts

British Celebrities Born In February

Also Known As: Simon John Pegg, Beckingham

Age: 54 Years, 54 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Maureen Pegg (m. 2005)

father: John Henry Beckingham

mother: Gillian Rosemary Smith

children: Matilda

Born Country: England

Quotes By Simon Pegg Actors

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males

Notable Alumni: Brockworth Comprehensive Secondary School, Castle Hill Primary School

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education: University Of Bristol, Castle Hill Primary School, Brockworth Comprehensive Secondary School

Childhood & Early Life

Simon was born on February 14, 1970, to John Beckingham and Gillian Rosemary. His father was a jazz musician and keyboard salesman. His parents divorced when he was seven and his mother remarried. He adopted his stepfather’s surname, Pegg.

He attended several schools as a child including the Castle Hill Primary School and The King’s School, Gloucester.

He went to Stratford-upon-Avon College to study English literature and Theatre. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Bristol where he studied drama.

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He began performing stand-up comedy at local clubs in 1991. He moved to London to become a full-fledged comedian and toured all over the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand to perform his routines.

He started appearing on television sketch comedies like ‘Faith in the Future’ and ‘Big Train’. He also performed on an episode of “Saturday Night Live’. He met Edgar Wright and Jessica Stevenson on the sets of ‘Six Pairs of Pants’—the duo would become his good friends and future business collaborators.

He co-wrote and starred in the television sitcom ‘Spaced’ along with Jessica Stevenson. The series was directed by Edgar Wright. The series was broadcast from 1999 to 2001 and was nominated for two British Academy Television Awards.

He made the leap to the big screen during the late 1990s when he started playing small roles in films like ‘Tube Tales’ and ‘Guest House Paradiso’.

He played Shaun in the zombie comedy film ‘Shaun of the Dead’ in 2004, which he also co-wrote. He portrayed a man caught up in family problems who at the same time has to deal with zombies as well. The film was a critical as well as a commercial success.

He played the role of Benji Dunn, an I.M.F technician in ‘Mission: Impossible III’ in 2006. He reprised the role in the next film of the franchise, ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ in 2011. He had a bigger role in the latter.

He again collaborated with Edgar Wright in writing the action comedy ‘Hot Fuzz’ (2007) which was directed by Wright. The film revolves around two police officers who are trying to solve a series of mysterious deaths in a village.

He lent his voice to ‘Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs’ in 2009 and ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ in 2010.

He co-wrote and starred as Graeme Willy in the science fiction comedy ‘Paul’ in 2011. The plot revolves around two friends who meet a very ugly-looking alien named Paul and the adventures they have with him.

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He next starred in films like ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,’ ‘A Fantastic Fear of Everything,’ ‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ ‘The World's End,’ ‘Kill Me Three Times,’ ‘The Boxtrolls,’ and ‘Man Up.’

In 2015, he reprised his role of ‘Benji Dunn’ in the action spy film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ directed by Christopher McQuarrie. The film was the fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible series and received positive reviews from critics. It was also a major commercial success and grossed over $682.7 million at the box office. That same year, he portrayed ‘Unkar Plutt’ in the J. J. Abrams-directed epic space opera film ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ The film opened to a positive reception and was a massive box office success, grossing over $2.071 billion on a $447 million budget.

He continued to star in films such as ‘Ice Age: Collision Course,’ ‘Star Trek Beyond,’ ‘The Cloverfield Paradox,’ ‘Ready Player One,’ ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout,’ and ‘Slaughterhouse Rulez.’ He played the role of ‘Theo Ross’ in the 2019 drama film ‘Lost Transmissions.’ The film received mixed reviews from critics and scored a 54% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes. He was next seen in films like ‘The Sparks Brothers,’ ‘America: The Motion Picture,’ ‘The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild,’ and ‘Luck.’

Simon Pegg returned to play ‘Benji Dunn’ in the 2023 American spy action film ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One’ directed by Christopher McQuarrie. The film was a critical and commercial success.

Major Works

His best-known work is the film ‘Shaun of the Dead’ which he co-wrote and starred in. The movie received favorable reviews and was critically acclaimed. The ‘Total Film’ magazine named it the 49th greatest British film of all time in 2004.

The action comedy ‘Hot Fuzz’ which he co-wrote with Edgar Wright and starred in as Nicholas Angel, a dedicated police officer, is also one of his famous works. The movie was widely appreciated and was a huge critical as well as commercial success.

Awards & Achievements

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright were jointly awarded The British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay for ‘Shaun of the Dead’ in 2004.

The duo won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Screenplay for the same movie in 2005.

Personal Life & Legacy

He has been married to Maureen McCann since July 2005. The couple has one daughter named Matilda.


As a teenager, he played drums for a band called “God's Third Leg".

He has also lent his voice to video games.

Simon Pegg Movies

1. Star Trek (2009)

  (Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure)

2. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

  (Comedy, Horror)

3. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

  (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi)

4. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

  (Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action, Fantasy)

5. Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

  (Adventure, Thriller, Action)

6. Hot Fuzz (2007)

  (Mystery, Action, Comedy)

7. Ready Player One (2018)

  (Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure)

8. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

  (Thriller, Adventure, Action)

9. The Death and Return of Superman (2011)

  (Comedy, Short, Sci-Fi)

10. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

  (Thriller, Action, Adventure)

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