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Matthew Vaughn

Matthew Vaughn
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Vaughn in March 2010
Matthew Allard Robert Vaughn[1]

(1971-03-07) 7 March 1971 (age 48)
Paddington, London, England
ResidenceNotting Hill, London, England
Coldham Hall, Stanningfield, Suffolk, England
OccupationProducer, director, screenwriter
Years active1996-present
Claudia Schiffer (m. 2002)

Matthew Allard de Vere Drummond[2] (born Matthew Allard Robert Vaughn; 7 March 1971) is an English film producer, director, and screenwriter.[3] He has produced films including Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000), and directed Layer Cake (2004), Stardust (2007), Kick-Ass (2010), X-Men: First Class (2011), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), and its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017).

Early life

Vaughn was born in Paddington, London, England.[4] Until 2002, he had thought that he was the child of a relationship between his mother, Kathy Ceaton (died 20 July 2013), and American actor Robert Vaughn.[5] A paternity investigation[4] in the 1980s revealed that Robert Vaughn was not his father, but Ceaton never revealed otherwise to Vaughn. Upon asking his mother about his true paternity, she revealed that his father was George Albert Harley de Vere Drummond,[5][6] an English aristocrat who is a godson of King George VI. Early in Vaughn's life, before the paternity investigation, Robert Vaughn asked for the child's surname to be Vaughn, and it continues today as Vaughn's professional name, though he now uses de Vere Drummond in his personal life.[5]

Vaughn was educated at Sussex House School in London and then Stowe School in Buckingham. Taking a gap year between Stowe and university, he travelled around the world on a Hard Rock Cafe tour. After arriving in Los Angeles he began working as an assistant to a film director. He later returned to London, and attended University College London studying anthropology and ancient history. He dropped out after a few weeks.


Aged 25, Vaughn produced a low-budget thriller, The Innocent Sleep (1996), starring Annabella Sciorra and Michael Gambon.[7] He continued as a producer on close friend Guy Ritchie's film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The film was a critical, popular and financial success, earning Vaughn and Ritchie £9 million each. Vaughn would later produce Ritchie's Snatch and Swept Away.

Vaughn made his directorial debut in 2004 with Layer Cake. The film was well received and its success led to Vaughn being tapped to direct X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), but he dropped out only two weeks before filming began. Subsequently, he was very critical of Brett Ratner's direction of the film. For his next project he co-wrote and directed Stardust, followed by a movie adaptation of Mark Millar's Kick-Ass in 2010. Vaughn directed and co-wrote the first film in the prequel trilogy of the X-Men film universe titled, X-Men: First Class (2011).[8] Vaughn was signed to return to the series as director of the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), but dropped out in favour of Bryan Singer who had directed the first two films in the original trilogy, X-Men and X2: X-Men United. Vaughn remained attached to the film by co-writing the script.[9] Vaughn's next directorial project, was Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), an adaptation of Mark Millar and David Gibbons's comic book The Secret Service. The film was scripted by Vaughn and Jane Goldman, and produced by Vaughn's production company Marv Films.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

Vaughn returned to direct, produce, and co-write the Kingsman sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which was released in theaters in September 2017.

In March 2017, Collider reported that Vaughn is top choice to direct Man of Steel 2.[16] In September of that year, Vaughn confirmed that he is in negotiations with the studio to helm the project.[17]

Personal life

On 25 May 2002, Vaughn married German model Claudia Schiffer in Suffolk.[18] The couple have three children: son Caspar Matthew de Vere (born 30 January 2003) and daughters Clementine Poppy (born 11 November 2004) and Cosima Violet (born 14 May 2010).[19][20] The couple have homes in Notting Hill,[21] and own Coldham Hall, Stanningfield, Suffolk.[22]



Producer only


Year Title Director Writer Executive
2000 Lock, Stock... No No Yes
2003 Swag No No Yes
Make My Day No No Yes Documentary

Video game

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2010 Kick-Ass: The Game No No Yes

Frequent collaborators

Actors and actresses
Film crew
Collaborator Layer Cake
First Class

The Secret Service

The Golden Circle

The King's Man
Ben Davis ?Y ?Y ?Y ?Y 4
Jane Goldman ?Y ?Y ?Y ?Y ?Y 5
Eddie Hamilton ?Y ?Y ?Y ?Y 4
Jon Harris ?Y ?Y ?Y ?Y ?Y 5
Henry Jackman ?Y ?Y ?Y ?Y ?Y 5
Take That ?Y ?Y ?Y 3


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  3. ^ "Vaughn hits out at fame obsession".
  4. ^ a b "Vaughn's truth about son Matthew". Evening Standard. 25 April 2002. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Matthew Vaughn: The director's cut". The Independent. 3 October 2004. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "Movies - Interviews: Matthew Vaughn",; retrieved 22 June 2012.
  8. ^ Fleming, Mike (4 May 2010). "Fox Signs Vaughn To Direct 'X-Men: First Class'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ Child, Ben (31 January 2012). "Matthew Vaughn to direct sequel to X-Men: First Class". The Guardian. London.
  10. ^ Fleming, Mike, Jr. (27 March 2013). "Update: Fox Wins Rights To Matthew Vaughn's Next Pic 'The Secret Service', Sets November 2014 Release Date". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ "Matthew Vaughn Eyes Newcomer Taron Egerton for 'Secret Service' (EXCLUSIVE)". 25 July 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ "Who Will Team Up With Colin Firth in Matthew Vaughn's 'Secret Service'?". 27 June 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "Samuel L. Jackson to Play Villain in Matthew Vaughn's 'Secret Service' (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "Sophie Cookson Lands Female Lead in Matthew Vaughn's 'Secret Service' (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Matthew Vaughn's 'The Secret Service' Gets A Femme Fatale In Sofia Boutella". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015.
  16. ^ Chitwood, Adam (13 March 2017). "Warner Bros. Eyeing Matthew Vaughn to Direct Man of Steel 2". Collider. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ Lyus, Jon (15 September 2017). "Matthew Vaughn Confirms Talks For The Next Superman Film". HeyUGuys. Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ "[1]". Vogue. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  19. ^ Michaud, Sarah (15 January 2010). "Claudia Schiffer Expecting Third Child". People.
  20. ^ "Claudia Schiffer names new baby daughter".
  21. ^ "Jonathan Ross' wife Jane Goldman lets it all hang out as she leads revellers at Kick-Ass premiere party". Daily Mail. London. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 2015.
  22. ^ "Celebrity couple's love for Suffolk". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 2011.

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