THE WORLD'S END
Actor/screenwriter SIMON PEGG's (Gary King) breakthrough success was the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced. With Jessica Hynes, he co-wrote and starred in the show, which was directed by Edgar Wright. A second series was commissioned before the first had even been broadcast. The show was nominated for Best Sitcom, and he for Best TV Newcomer, at the British Comedy Awards; and the program also received BAFTA, Montreux, and International Emmy Award nominations.
He and director Edgar Wright then co-scripted the feature Shaun of the Dead, in which he starred opposite Spaced alumnus Nick Frost. The zombie tale opened in the #2 spot at the U.K. box office and found success in the U.S. Mr. Pegg was honored with the Peter Sellers Award for Comedy from the Evening Standard British Film Awards. The movie was nominated for two BAFTA Awards, including Outstanding British Film of the Year; and won the British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for Best Screenplay.
After conquering zombies, award ceremonies, and the U.S., Mr. Pegg next co-scripted with director Edgar Wright the uebercop action comedy Hot Fuzz, in which he again starred with Nick Frost. The picture opened at #1 atop the U.K. box office and was a hit in the U.S. Mr. Pegg was an Empire Award nominee for Best Actor, and the movie won Best Comedy and was voted Best Comedy at the U.K.'s National Movie Awards.
With Nick Frost, he co-scripted the science-fiction adventure Paul, in which the duo starred under the direction of Greg Mottola, and which was voted Best Comedy at the U.K.'s National Movie Awards. Among Mr. Pegg's other works as screenwriter are Run, Fatboy, Run, in which he starred for director David Schwimmer.
Audiences worldwide have seen him starring alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III and Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, directed by J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird, respectively; and in Mr. Abrams' Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.
His other starring roles on-screen include John Landis' Burke and Hare; Crispian Mills and Chris Hopewell's A Fantastic Fear of Everything; Robert B. Weide's How to Lose Friends & Alienate People; and Peter Chelsom's upcoming Hector and the Search for Happiness, in which he plays the title role and stars with Rosamund Pike of The World's End.
His voiceover and/or motion-capture work as actor includes the Ice Age series; and, with Nick Frost, Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin and, upcoming for Focus Features and LAIKA, The Boxtrolls, directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable.
Aside from Spaced, Mr. Pegg starred as a series regular on such sitcoms as Faith in the Future and Asylum, which marked his first collaboration with Edgar Wright and Jessica Hynes; guest-starred on Doctor Who and I'm Alan Partridge, among other shows; and in the sketch series Big Train, for which he received an Royal Television Society Award nomination for Best Entertainment Performance. His other notable television appearances include the classic miniseries Band of Brothers.
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