Simon Pegg: A Film Career Overview


UK born legend Simon Pegg is known not only as an actor but a comedian, screenwriter, producer, singer and director. He has worked extensively in both TV and film and has starred alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names such as Tom Cruise, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine and Woody Harrelson to name a few.

Adding to his long line of achievements his latest film Absolutely Anything is out on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD on 7th December and to celebrate we’re taking a look at his career in pictures.

Shaun of the Dead

Released in 2004 Shaun of the Dead marked Pegg’s first big break onto the silver screen, to critical and commercial success. Collaborating with Edgar Wright and Nick Frost, with whom he’d created iconic TV series Spaced, Pegg co-wrote the script as well as playing leading man Shaun, who, trying to get some focus in his life dealing with his girlfriend, mother and stepfather, also has to cope with an apocalyptic zombie uprising.

Mission: Impossible III

This was the first of Pegg’s involvement with the Mission: Impossible series. In this film he played the part of Benji Dunn, an I.M.F technician who assists Tom Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt.

Hot Fuzz

Hot Fuzz, released in 2007, saw Pegg reunite with Wright and Frost for a second time, again co-writing and co-starring, as he had done in Shaun of the Dead. The film tells the story of two police officers who attempt to solve a series of mysterious deaths in an English village.

Run Fatboy Run

Run Fatboy Run was a British-American comedy film directed by David Schwimmer. Pegg played the part of Dennis who has three weeks to prepare for a charity marathon, which he entered in the hope of winning back his ex-girlfriend.

Star Trek

In 2009, Pegg played the part of engineer Montgomery Scott known as “Scotty” in Star Trek. This was the eleventh film made in the American science fiction entertainment franchise.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a 2009 American 3-D computer animated comedy adventure film. The third film in the Ice Age series tells how the characters have to work together to rescue Sid-the-sloth after he is taken by a female Tyrannosaurus. Pegg plays the voice of Buck, a one-eyed weasel who helps the gang through the jungle.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Released in 2010, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a fantasy-adventure film based on the third novel in C.S Lewis’s epic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia. Pegg plays the voice of Reepicheep, the Chief Mouse of Narnia famed for his courage and skill with a sword.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Having starred in his first Mission: Impossible film Pegg went on to reprise his role as Benji Dunn in 2011, the next film in the series Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and then again in 2015 in the final film of the series to date Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

Star Trek Into Darkness

In 2013 Pegg reprised his role as “Scotty” in the following Star Trek film Star Trek Into Darkness. He will also be in the upcoming Star Trek film Star Trek Beyond, which is set to release in 2016.

The World’s End

The World’s End is a 2013 comic science fiction film that completes ‘The Cornetto Trilogy’ – the trio of films co-created with Edgar Wright and Nick Frost. Pegg plays immature 40-year-old Gary King who persuades his reluctant buddies to relive their youth and take another stab at an epic-pub crawl he last attempted 20 years earlier. Little do they know their journey will turn into a battle for mankind.

Simon Pegg’s latest work Absolutely Anything, out on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD 7th December, sees him playing the role of disillusioned school teacher, Neil Clarke who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes. Struggling to deal with these newfound powers he calls upon his loyal (talking) canine companion Dennis. Mishap after mishap finally leads him to the ultimate conundrum that all men dread… should he choose the girl or the dog?