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Matthew Allard de Vere Drummond[1] (born Matthew Allard Robert Vaughn; 7 March 1971) is an English film producer, director, and screenwriter.[2] He is best known for producing such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000) and directing the films 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).

Matthew Vaughn
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Vaughn in March 2010
Matthew Allard Robert Vaughn

(1971-03-07) 7 March 1971 (age 47)
London, England
OccupationProducer, director, screenwriter
Years active1996–present
Claudia Schiffer (m. 2002)


Early lifeEdit

Vaughn was born in London. He had thought that he was the child of an affair between his mother, Kathy Ceaton (died 20 July 2013), and American actor Robert Vaughn. A paternity investigation[3] subsequently identified his father as George Albert Harley de Vere Drummond,[4][5] 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.[6]

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 lifeEdit

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]



Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1996 The Innocent Sleep Yes
1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Yes Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best British Film
2000 Snatch Yes
2001 Mean Machine Yes
2002 Swept Away Yes Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
2003 A Short Film About John Bolton Yes Short film
2004 Layer Cake Yes Yes Empire Award for Best British Director
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated – British Independent Douglas Hickox Award
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Newcomer
2007 Stardust Yes Yes Yes Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
2009 Harry Brown Yes
2010 Kick-Ass Yes Yes Yes Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Director
Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Action Movie
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Director
Nominated – European Film Award for Best Film
Nominated – Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Film
Nominated – Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – SFX Award for Best Film
The Debt Yes Yes
2011 X-Men: First Class Yes Yes Nominated – Scream Award for Best Director
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Yes
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Yes
Kingsman: The Secret Service Yes Yes Yes
2015 Fantastic Four Yes Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel
2016 Eddie the Eagle Yes
2017 Kingsman: The Golden Circle Yes Yes Yes
2019 Rocketman Yes


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2000 Lock, Stock... Yes Executive producer
2003 Swag Yes Executive producer
2003 Make My Day Yes Documentary
Executive producer

Video gameEdit

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2010 Kick-Ass: The Game Yes

Frequent collaboratorsEdit

Actors and actresses
Collaborator Layer Cake
First Class

The Secret Service

The Golden Circle

Randall Batinkoff  Y  Y 2
Geoff Bell  Y  Y 2
Sophie Cookson  Y  Y 2
Taron Egerton  Y  Y 2
Colin Firth  Y  Y 2
Jason Flemyng  Y  Y  Y  Y 4
Dexter Fletcher  Y  Y  Y 3
Michael Gambon  Y  Y 2
Tamer Hassan  Y  Y 2
Edward Holcroft  Y  Y 2
Corey Johnson  Y  Y  Y 3
Sienna Miller  Y  Y 2
Mark Strong  Y  Y  Y  Y 4
Samantha Womack  Y  Y 2
Film crew
Collaborator Stardust
First Class

The Secret Service

The Golden Circle

Jane Goldman  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 5
Take That  Y  Y  Y 3
Henry Jackman  Y  Y  Y  Y 4
Eddie Hamilton  Y  Y  Y  Y 4


  2. ^ "Vaughn hits out at fame obsession".
  3. ^ Hockney, Karen (April 25, 2002). "Vaughn's truth about son Matthew".
  5. ^ "Matthew Vaughn: The director's cut". 3 October 2004.
  6. ^ Norman, Neil (3 October 2004). "Matthew Vaughn: The director's cut". Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  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 9 July 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 11 August 2013.
  11. ^ "Matthew Vaughn Eyes Newcomer Taron Egerton for 'Secret Service' (EXCLUSIVE)". 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
  12. ^ "Who Will Team Up With Colin Firth in Matthew Vaughn's 'Secret Service'?". 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
  13. ^ "Samuel L. Jackson to Play Villain in Matthew Vaughn's 'Secret Service' (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Sophie Cookson Lands Female Lead in Matthew Vaughn's 'Secret Service' (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  15. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Matthew Vaughn's 'The Secret Service' Gets A Femme Fatale In Sofia Boutella". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  16. ^ Chitwood, Adam (March 13, 2017). "Warner Bros. Eyeing Matthew Vaughn to Direct Man of Steel 2". Collider. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  17. ^ Lyus, Jon (September 15, 2017). "Matthew Vaughn Confirms Talks For The Next Superman Film". HeyUGuys. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  18. ^ "[1]". Vogue. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  19. ^ Michaud, Sarah (2010-01-15). "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 21 January 2015.
  22. ^ "Celebrity couple's love for Suffolk". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 17 March 2011.

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