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Although he is only in his mid-thirties, award-winning filmmaker EDGAR WRIGHT's (Directed by/Produced by/Screenplay by) list of credits reads like that of a seasoned veteran. With projects like the U.K. series-turned-international-cult-phenomenon Spaced, the rom-zom-com Shaun of the Dead and action-comedy opus Hot Fuzz, he's evolved from a young film geek wanting to prove himself to one of the most sought-after geeks working in film today.

Raised in Somerset, England, Wright embarked on his first epic at age 14 with a Super 8 short film titled Rolf Harris Saves the World. He continued to make many more shorts after he won a Video 8 camera in a Comic Relief contest for his film I Want to Get Into the Movies, an animated allegory about wheelchair access.

At age 20, he made A Fistful of Fingers, a no-budget feature film starring local teen actors and shot on 16mm. The unlikely British Western was put on a limited theatrical release and paved the way for his foray into television with the Paramount Comedy Channel. While there, Wright directed the fledgling sketch show Mash and Peas for future Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams, and Asylum, for which he joined forces with future collaborators Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes. Still in his early 20s, Wright also directed several comedy shows for the BBC including Merry-Go-Round, Is It Bill Bailey?, Murder Most Horrid, Sir Bernard's Stately Homes and French and Saunders.

Wright gained notice in the U.K. when he directed two seasons of Spaced for Channel 4. The series, which starred Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes, won two British Comedy Awards, was nominated for two BAFTAs and was nominated at the International Emmy Awards. Over the years, the show built an international cult following and, in 2008, Wright, along with Pegg and Hynes, embarked on a four-city tour of the U.S. in honor of the DVD release.

The series served as a launching pad for Shaun of the Dead, Wright's first feature film that he directed and co-wrote with Pegg. The film gained attention and critical praise internationally and was nominated for two BAFTAs. Named by Time magazine as one of the top-25 horror films of all time, it earned an Empire Award for Best British Film, a British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay and a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film. Original zombie master George Romero went as far as to proclaim it as his "favorite zombie film.”

In 2007, after spending two years writing and a year in production, Wright returned with Hot Fuzz, which he again directed and co-wrote with Pegg. The film grossed £21 million at the U.K. box office, topped the charts for three weeks and grossed $90 million worldwide. The film won a 2007 National Movie Award and a 2008 Empire Award, both for Best Comedy.

While his first two films made him a fan favorite, thanks in part to the notoriously fun international press tours for which he's known, Wright was also sought after by his peers. He was tapped by directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez to contribute the faux trailer Don't for the epic Grindhouse, and, most recently, he was brought onboard by Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg to co-write The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn with Joe Cornish, which is currently in production with Jackson producing and Spielberg directing.

Wright's other upcoming projects include The World's End, the third film in his trilogy with Simon Pegg, the screen adaptation of Ant-Man for Marvel Studios, and Baby Driver for Working Title.


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