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Edgar Wright

Biography

British director known for works such as for example 2010’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the Globe and 2004’s Shaun from the Deceased. He also co-wrote Steven Spielberg’s 2011 cartoon feature The Activities of Tintin. His feature debut was a traditional western spoof known as A Fistful of Fingertips in 1994. From 1998 to 2001, he caused Simon Pegg on it series Spaced. He started dating celebrity Anna Kendrick once they met around the group of Scott Pilgrim vs. the Globe but they split up in 2013. He also dated Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley. He aimed the 2007 actions/comedy Warm Fuzz starring Nick Frost.

Quick Facts


Full Name Edgar Wright
Date Of Birth April 18, 1974
Place Of Birth Poole, England
Height 1.7 m
Profession Director
Education The Arts University College at Bournemouth
Nationality British
Siblings Oscar Wright
Awards Empire Award for Best Director, British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay, Empire Inspiration Award, Bram Stoker Award for Best Screenplay
Nominations BAFTA Award for Best British Film, Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, British Independent Film Award for Best British Independent Film, British Academy Television Award for Best Scripted Comedy, Shorty Award for Director
Movies Shaun of the Dead, Ant-Man, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The World's End, Baby Driver, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, A Fistful of Fingers, Grindhouse, Dead Right, Land of the Dead, Straight 8
TV Shows Asylum
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1Was considered to direct Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011).
2Was considered to direct Star Trek Beyond (2016).
3Dropped out of the director's position for Ant-Man (2015), after developing the film for over 10 years, due to creative differences between himself and Marvel Studios. He is still credited as screenwriter and story writer.
4Russell T. Davies offered Wright the job to direct the Doctor Who (2005) episode Doctor Who: Rose (2005) but he had to turn it down as he was already busy directing Shaun of the Dead (2004).
5Has said that he directed one single shot of Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) during the scene featuring the Klingons on Kronos while being uncredited for that shot.
6Despite the fact that they contain numerous fantasy elements, his films are heavily autobiographical. For example, a number of the characters, events, and dramatic situations in The World's End (2013) are directly based on people he knew and his own personal experiences.
7He is known for asking for many takes during filming, and has been referred to by frequent collaborator Simon Pegg as a "perfectionist" (in a complimentary way).
8According to the June 2007 issue of Empire magazine, the films that most influenced Wright were Raising Arizona (1987), Run Lola Run (1998), Dirty Harry (1971), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Hard Boiled (1992), The Evil Dead (1981) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966).
9His favorite film is the criminal comedy film Raising Arizona (1987).
10On most of his films, there are certain special features; such as a trivia track that runs with the movie, a scene of the movie with the characters voices dubbed, and a hand drawn easter egg of some sort.
11Asked Simon Pegg to turn down a role in Dog Soldiers (2002), as Wright wanted Pegg's first role in a horror film to be in Shaun of the Dead (2004).
12Is a huge fan of George A. Romero's zombie films, and his film Shaun of the Dead (2004) is filled with references to them. He also made a cameo appearance (along with star and co-writer of Shaun of the Dead (2004) Simon Pegg) in George A. Romero's fourth zombie picture, Land of the Dead (2005).
13Is a huge fan of action films.
14Brother Oscar Wright is an artist.


Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Asylum1996TV Series 6 episodes
Mash and Peas1996TV Series 9 episodes
A Fistful of Fingers1995
Dead Right1993Short
Shadows2019/Iannounced
Baby Driver2017post-production
The World's End2013
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World2010
Grindhouse2007fake trailer segment "Don't"
Hot Fuzz2007
Fun Dead2004Video short
Straight 82004TV Movie
Funky Pete2004Video short
The Man Who Would Be Shaun2004Video short
Shaun of the Dead2004
Spaced1999-2001TV Series 14 episodes
Sir Bernard's Stately Homes1999TV Series 6 episodes
Murder Most Horrid1999TV Series 1 episode
French and Saunders1998TV Series film segment director - 1 episode
Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round1998TV Series 6 episodes
Is It Bill Bailey?1998TV Series 6 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shadows2019/Iannounced
Baby Driver2017post-production
Teen Titansannounced
Ant-Man2015screenplay by / story by
The World's End2013written by
The Adventures of Tintin2011screenplay
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World2010screenplay
Spaced2008TV Movie creator
Grindhouse2007written by - fake trailer segment "Don't"
Hot Fuzz2007written by
Fun Dead2004Video short concept
Straight 82004TV Movie
Edgar & Simon's Flip Chart2004Video documentary short
Funky Pete2004Video short
Plot Holes: How Did Ed Get from the Cellar to the Shed?2004Video documentary short
Plot Holes: What Happened to Dianne When She Left the Winchester?2004Video documentary short
Plot Holes: What Happened to Shaun When He Ran Off?2004Video documentary short
Simon's Cam2004Video documentary short
The Man Who Would Be Shaun2004Video short
Shaun of the Dead2004written by
Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round1998TV Series writer - 6 episodes
Asylum1996TV Series written by - 6 episodes
A Fistful of Fingers1995
Dead Right1993Short

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sing2016Additional Voices (voice)
The World's End2013Voice of construction worker (uncredited)
Hot Fuzz2007Shelf Stacker Voice of Dave (uncredited)
Son of Rambow2007Metal Work Teacher
Land of the Dead2005Photo Booth Zombie
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy2005Deep Thought Technician (uncredited)
Look Around You2002-2005TV SeriesScientist / Eddie Yorque / Technician / ...
Shaun of the Dead2004Rabid Monkeys Newsreader / Prat-falling Zombie / Italian Restaurant Voice (uncredited)
Spaced1999-2001TV SeriesSounds of Despair tape / Man on Tube Next to Daisy / First Sleeping Ex-flatmate
Calcium2001ShortScientist
A Fistful of Fingers1995Cheesy Voiceover Artist / Two Bit Farmer Cameo

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ant-Man2015executive producer
The World's End2013executive producer
Sightseers2012executive producer
Attack the Block2011executive producer
The Making of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'2010Video documentary producer
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World2010producer
Edgar & Simon's Flip Chart2004Video documentary short producer
Plot Holes: How Did Ed Get from the Cellar to the Shed?2004Video documentary short producer
Plot Holes: What Happened to Dianne When She Left the Winchester?2004Video documentary short producer
Plot Holes: What Happened to Shaun When He Ran Off?2004Video documentary short producer
The Mighty Boosh2003TV Series associate producer - 1 episode
Dead Right1993Short producer

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Spaced2001TV Series 4 episodes
Dead Right1993Short

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Very Important Pennis1996-1997TV Series titles - 3 episodes

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sing2016additional voices
Paul2011script editor - uncredited
Hot Shots1994TV Mini-Series production assistant

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Very Important Pennis1997TV Series second unit director - 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hot Fuzz2007performer: "Happy Birthday"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Prevenge2016special thanks
The Boxtrolls2014thanks
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe2014TV Movie documentary thanks
Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk2014special thanks
Cheat Day2012Short special thanks
Paul2011special thanks
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game2010Video Game special thanks
Reiki2009special thanks: for the inspiration
A Bad Day2009Short grateful thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Chris Gethard Show2015TV SeriesHimself
Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Director, Spaced
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself
From Borehamwood to Hollywood: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Elstree2014DocumentaryHimself
Out of Print2014/IDocumentaryHimself
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe2014TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Chris Hardwick's All-Star Celebrity Bowling2013TV SeriesHimself
Weekend Ticket2013TV Series shortHimself
Made in Hollywood2010-2013TV SeriesHimself
Sidewalks Entertainment2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Superheroes: From Page to Screen2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast2012TV SeriesHimself
Click Online2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Movie Director
Film '722007-2012TV SeriesHimself
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHimself (2013)
The Big Picture2011TV SeriesHimself - Writer
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope2011DocumentaryHimself
The 2011 Comedy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
The Making of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'2010Video documentaryHimself
Janela Indiscreta2010TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Hour2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHimself - Director
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World vs. Funny or Die2010Video shortHimself
Project: Comic-Con2010TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Shootout2008TV SeriesHimself
Comic-Con '08 Live2008TV MovieHimself
Eigo de shabera-night2008TV SeriesHimself
Empire Movie Awards 20082008TV SpecialHimself
The Evil Dead: One by One We Will Take You - The Untold Saga of the Evil Dead2007VideoHimself - Director - 'Shaun of the Dead'
Suck My Geek!2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
'Hot Fuzz': The Fuzzball Rally2007Video documentaryHimself
07 Spaceys2007TV MovieHimself
Trailers from Hell2007TV SeriesHimself
Perfect Night In2007TV Series documentaryHimself
In Bed with Carrie2007TV SeriesHimself
The World's Greatest Comedy Characters2007TV MovieHimself
Hot Fuzz Special2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Comedy Map of Britain2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Greatest Ever Comedy Movies2006TV MovieHimself
Halloween: 25 Years of Terror2006Video documentaryHimself
The Ultimate Sitcom2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
When Shaun Met George2005Video documentary shortHimself
The Perfect Scary Movie2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
05 Spaceys2005TV SpecialHimself
Bubba Ho-Tep: UK Premiere Screening and Q & A with Don Coscarelli2005Video documentary shortHimself
Shaun of the Dead: EPK Featurette2004Video documentary shortHimself
Mondo Thingo2004TV SeriesHimself
Edgar & Simon's Flip Chart2004Video documentary shortHimself
Lucy's Cam2004Video documentary shortHimself
Simon's Cam2004Video documentary shortHimself
Skip to the End2004Video documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2013TV Series documentaryPhoto Booth Zombie

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia CinemaGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Ant-Man (2015)· Peyton Reed
· Joe Cornish
· Adam McKay
· Paul Rudd
2013UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenThe World's End (2013)· Simon Pegg
2011Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
2011Inspiration AwardEmpire Awards, UK
2011SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest Film DirectorScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
2005Bram Stoker AwardBram Stoker AwardsScreenplayShaun of the Dead (2004)· Simon Pegg
2005Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest ScreenplayShaun of the Dead (2004)· Simon Pegg
2004British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ScreenplayShaun of the Dead (2004)· Simon Pegg
2004Rondo StatuetteRondo Hatton Classic Horror AwardsBest MovieShaun of the Dead (2004)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingThe World's End (2013)· Simon Pegg
2014American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USABest Comedy Director - FilmThe World's End (2013)
2014American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USABest Comedy ScreenplayThe World's End (2013)· Simon Pegg
2014Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorThe World's End (2013)
2013ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest ScreenplayThe World's End (2013)· Simon Pegg
2012AnnieAnnie AwardsWriting in a Feature ProductionThe Adventures of Tintin (2011)· Steven Moffat
· Joe Cornish
2011HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)· Michael Bacall (screenplay)
2011OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)· Michael Bacall
2011Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedThe Adventures of Tintin (2011)· Joe Cornish
· Steven Moffat
2011Bradbury AwardScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)· Michael Bacall (screenplay)
2011Scream AwardScream AwardsBest DirectorScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
2010ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)· Michael Bacall
2010Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Director of the YearScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
2010SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)· Michael Bacall
2010Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)· Michael Bacall
2010SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest Adapted ScreenplayScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)· Michael Bacall
2010UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)· Michael Bacall
2010UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
2008Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorHot Fuzz (2007)
2005Alexander Korda Award for Best British FilmBAFTA AwardsShaun of the Dead (2004)· Nira Park
2005Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Original ScreenplayShaun of the Dead (2004)· Simon Pegg
2005Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest British DirectorShaun of the Dead (2004)
2005ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Screenwriter of the YearShaun of the Dead (2004)· Simon Pegg
2005OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScreenplayShaun of the Dead (2004)· Simon Pegg
2005OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Breakthrough FilmmakerShaun of the Dead (2004)
2002BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsSituation Comedy AwardSpaced (1999)· Nira Park
· Jessica Hynes
· Simon Pegg
2000BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsSituation Comedy AwardSpaced (1999)· Gareth Edwards
· Nira Park


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#Quote
1You either liked Spinal Tap or you were not worth talking to
2As dated as Octopussy (1983) is, I'd love to see a version of Quantum of Solace (2008) with Barbara Woodhouse 'Sit!' jokes and Tarzan yodelling sound effects.
3Here's a funny thing. My mum's a big conspiracy theorist and when I was younger, in that way when you automatically take the opposite view to your parents because you're a sullen and idiotic teenager, when my mother would come out with wild conspiracies about our hometown, I would just, like, formally reject it. She had so many stories of, like, conspiracy - and some of them very real in terms of corruption and gangsters, and some of them a lot more fanciful, like the idea that there might be unicorns and aliens in Glastonbury Tor. But when I was writing Hot Fuzz (2007), I said to my mother, "I want you to write down all the stories that you heard about our town and give it to me." [The result] A fifty page document called "Spooky Doings". I think she was so happy that I'd embraced the conspiracy theorist in her.
4I've always been fascinated by horror films and genre films. And horror films harbored a fascination for me and always have been something I've wanted to watch and wanted to make. Equally, I'm very fascinated by comedy. I suppose the reason that [An American Werewolf in London (1981)] changed my life is that very early on in my film-watching experiences, I saw a film that was so sophisticated in its tone and what it managed to achieve.
5In terms of, like, the homaging and spoofing and stuff, I mean, obviously... it's weird 'cause, like, I mean, there are homages and there are kind of, like, skits on things, but I think the sensory joke with Spaced (1999) and the reason that I think it kinda has a charm to it... It's kinda the point of it is not so much that, "Hey, let's do, like, a five minute rip on The Matrix (1999)." -- It's the fact that the characters are so, kind of, like... their lives are so governed by pop culture and media and stuff that they can only think in those terms. So if somebody's having a... breakup with their girlfriend, they imagine it to have the same crushing kind of... feeling as the ending of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
6Everything that I've done so far has had a bigger budget than the last, but I've never ever felt the benefit of the bigger budget because the ideas always exceed the budget.
7I think it's good to have pressure on yourself. The worst crime is to get kind of really complacent. Me and Simon worked really hard on the script and we kind of beat ourselves up and we're very kind of hypercritical, and so it's good to have pressure. I mean it was weird in terms of when we made Shaun of the Dead (2004). There wasn't really that much expectation about us making a film. There was from people who liked our TV show, but you know we could kind of do it under the radar and this time it was a bit different. Even just filming it on location was kind of interesting because you'd have people watching the entire time.
8There were zombie films prior to George [George A. Romero], but he pretty much invented the cannibalistic aspect. What we now think of as zombies really are Romero zombies.
9[on Spaced (1999)] It's a show by geeks, for geeks.

#Trademark
1Often casts Bill Nighy, Rafe Spall and Paddy Considine
2His characters often share his love of action movies and video games
3Pivotal scenes that take place in a bar or pub
4A recurring gag where a fence jump goes wrong
5Deadpan humor in fast-paced moments
6[Parody] Every film (and episode of Spaced (1999) (TV series)) is a parody of a certain genre or film (Shaun of the Dead (2004) parodies zombie horror, Hot Fuzz (2007) parodies police action-adventures, etc.).
7Repeated lines or snippets of dialogue for comedic effect
8Fast action style editing, usually of mundane tasks, including whip pans and crash zooms.
9Frequently works with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

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