Acclaimed actor, screenwriter, producer and director Simon Pegg has signed with RSA Films for global commercial representation. To celebrate his move into the director’s chair in the ad arena, he will be taking to the stage this week to discuss creativity and writing with Uncommon founder Nils Leonard at the UK Creative Festival.
Pegg rose to prominence as co-creator of the UK cult classic TV series, Spaced. After two groundbreaking seasons, he moved on to develop and co-write, with Edgar Wright, the critically praised feature Shaun of the Dead starring as the eponymous hero, Shaun. The film has since been voted one of the Best British Comedies ever made by Empire Magazine, Channel 4 and many others.
After conquering zombies, award ceremonies and the rest of the world, Pegg and Wright reprised their debut movie success with the smash-hit follow-up features, Hot Fuzz and the third and final film in the “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy,” The World’s End.
In addition to portrayals in Star Wars, Star Trek and the Mission Impossible franchises, Pegg has taken on recent roles which include the much talked about cameo in Amazon Studio’s adaptation of popular comic-book series “The Boys” and the voice of The Chamberlain in Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance. He also starred alongside Juno Temple in Katharine O’Brien’s intimate look at the devastating impact of mental illness in Lost Transmissions. He has just wrapped the next installment of Mission Impossible and completed shooting The Undeclared War for Channel 4 alongside Mark Rylance.
In 2016, alongside Nick Frost, Pegg founded the production company Stolen Picture, with their first major release being the Amazon Prime ghost-hunting series Truth Seekers.
Kai Hsiung, RSA Films’ global managing director, commented: “Simon is one of our leading creative British talents, responsible for some of the most iconic and loved moments from TV and film over the last 20 years. The breadth of his storytelling vision is truly extraordinary. As Simon takes steps into directing, we’re thrilled (and a little giddy) that we’ll be on this journey alongside him.”
Pegg said, “I’m really excited to be joining the RSA family and embarking on this new phase of my career. Excited by all the possibilities.”