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Actor/screenwriter Simon Pegg’s breakthrough success was the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced. He co-wrote and starred in (with Jessica Stevenson) 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 also received BAFTA, Montreux, and International Emmy Award nominations.
He and Edgar Wright then co-scripted the feature Shaun of the Dead, in which he starred as Shaun. The picture opened in the #2 position at the U.K. boxoffice and went on to become a sleeper hit in the U.S. Mr. Pegg was honored with the Peter Sellers Award for Comedy, from the Evening Standard British Film Awards. Among other accolades, Shaun of the Dead was nominated for two BAFTA Awards, including Outstanding British Film of the Year; and won the British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay.
In the past year, Mr. Pegg has filmed lead roles in David Schwimmer’s Run, Fat Boy, Run; Jake Paltrow’s The Good Night; and Jean-Baptiste Andrea’s Big Nothing, starring alongside David Schwimmer. Additionally, he scripted the English-dialogue track for Christopher Nielsen’s Norwegian animated epic Free Jimmy and recorded one of the lead voices.
His other feature film credits include J.J. Abrams’ Mission: Impossible III; Paul McGuigan’s The Reckoning; and Michael Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People.
Aside from Spaced, Mr. Pegg has starred on television in the dramas Final Demand and Laugh Until You Die; as a series regular on such sitcoms as Faith in the Future and Asylum (which marked his first collaboration with Edgar Wright and Jessica Stevenson); in guest appearances on Doctor Who and I’m Alan Partridge, among other shows; and in the sketch series Big Train (for which he received an RTS nomination for Best Entertainment Performance).His other notable television appearances include the “Steal Away” episode of Tube Tales, and the classic miniseries Band of Brothers.