Tom Vaughan (director)

Tom Vaughan (born 5 September 1969)[1] is a Scottish television and film director. His work includes Cold Feet (1999) and He Knew He Was Right (2004) for television, and What Happens in Vegas (2008) and Extraordinary Measures (2010) for cinema.

Tom Vaughan
Thomas Vaughan

(1969-09-05) 5 September 1969 (age 52)
Glasgow, Scotland
OccupationTelevision and film director, former child actor
Years active1994–present

Early life and educationEdit

Vaughan was born in Glasgow, Scotland to Peter and Susan Vaughan, and lived in nearby Helensburgh for his first 17 years.[1][2] He and a friend acquired a video camera from the friend's father, which they used make short films.[3] Vaughan also attended weekend acting classes at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, which led to a supporting role in the STV children's television series Stookie. With the £1,000 he made from the series; Vaughan invested in a video camera. He and his friends used it to make more shorts around Helensburgh, such as zombie films, war films and comedies, in locations such as the woods behind his family home, the surrounding hills, and the nearby Clyde Naval Base.[3][4] For one of the last childhood films he made, he and his friends used their cars for car chases, but were stopped by local police.[3]

Vaughan later moved to England to study drama at the University of Bristol.[1] He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama in 1990.[5]


After graduating, Vaughan moved to London where he produced his first short film, Super Grass (1994). After theatrical distribution alongside Dazed and Confused, Super Grass was broadcast on Channel 4. Numerous other short films and commercials followed before he began directing mainstream television.[6]

His other works include two episodes of the ITV comedy drama Cold Feet in 1999, one of which featured the first location filming for the show outside England; due to last minute script changes, Vaughan led a small production team and two actors on half a day's filming in Paris, France.[7] In 2003, he directed Deborah Moggach's two-part drama Final Demand for BBC One. The next year, he directed the BBC adaptation of He Knew He Was Right. Vaughan credits his work on the BBC dramas with sharpening his skills as a director, as the tight schedules meant he had to plan ahead.[8]

In 2006, he directed the Playtone/BBC Films feature film Starter for 10, and in 2008 the Regency Enterprises feature film What Happens in Vegas.[3] Starter for 10 got him the job directing the CBS Films feature Extraordinary Measures, starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford.[8] It was released in the United States in January 2010.[9] Vaughan was pleased to be able to work with Ford, as Star Wars had inspired him to make his first amateur films.[8]

In 2011, Vaughan directed the Miley Cyrus feature So Undercover[10] and is scheduled to direct the romantic comedy Boomsday.[11] A screenplay version of Karen Bishko's musical Single is being developed with Vaughan attached to direct.[12]


Year Title Role Description
1993 Opening Shot Director, producer 1 episode of television series:
  • "Sculpting in Cyberspace" (segment)
1994 Super Grass Director, writer Short film
1996 Box Director, writer, producer Short film
1997 Still Buzzin' Director, writer Short film
1999 Truel Director, writer Short film
1999 Cold Feet Director 2 episodes of television series:
  • Season 2, Episode 3
  • Season 2, Episode 4
2000 I Saw You Director Television pilot
2000 Safe as Houses Director Television film
2003 Final Demand Director 2-part television film
2004 He Knew He Was Right Director 4-part television serial
2006 Starter for 10 Director Feature film
2007 John from Cincinnati Director 1 episode of television series:
  • "His Visit: Day Five"
2007 Big Love Director 1 episode of television series:
  • "The Happiest Girl"
2008 What Happens in Vegas Director Feature film
2010 Extraordinary Measures Director Feature film
2012 So Undercover Director Feature film – in post-production
Boomsday Director Feature film – in pre-production
2013 Endeavour Director TV episode "Fugue"
2014 The Log From the Sea of Cortez Director Docu-drama – pre-production[13]
2014 History of Tom Jones, a Foundling Director Feature film re-make, announced in 2013[14]
2014 Some Kind of Beautiful Director Feature film
2015 Doctor Foster Director Series 1- Episodes 1,2 and 3
2016 Victoria Director 3 episodes
2018 Press Director TV series
2020 The Singapore Grip Director TV series
2020 The Flight Attendant Director TV episode "Funeralia"
TBA The Queen Mary Writer Filming


  1. ^ a b c "Tom Vaughan". Helensburgh Heroes. Retrieved on 16 July 2008.
  2. ^ Docherty, Gavin (28 October 2006). "Starter For Ten was a real challenge for Tom". Daily Express (Express Newspapers).
  3. ^ a b c d Staff (19 May 2008). "Burgh's Tom joins the Hollywood set Archived 5 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine". Helensburgh Advertiser (Clyde and Forth Press).
  4. ^ Dougan, Andy (2 November 2006). "Andy Dougan's Movie World: A Stookie story". Evening Times (Caledonian Newspapers): p. 7.
  5. ^ "Alumni and friends: Faculty of Arts Archived 26 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine". University of Bristol. Retrieved on 30 November 2009.
  6. ^ "Tom Vaughan biography Archived 20 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine". Rattling Stick. Retrieved on 27 April 2008.
  7. ^ Tibballs, Geoff (2000). Cold Feet: The Best Bits…. London: Granada Media. p. 165. ISBN 0-233-99924-8.
  8. ^ a b c Eagan, Daniel (28 December 2009). "Extraordinary challenge: Tom Vaughan directs Ford and Fraser in inspiring true drama". Film Journal International News (Nielsen Business Media).
  9. ^ Meza, Ed (24 November 2009). "CBS Films, TMG sign output deal". Variety (Reed Business Information).
  10. ^ Kay, Jeremy (13 February 2011). "Miley Cyrus action comedy So Undercover sells for Exclusive ". (Emap Media). Retrieved on 15 February 2011.
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (7 October 2010). "Tom Vaughan to direct 'Boomsday'". Retrieved on 10 October 2010.
  12. ^ "Karen Bishko". Karen Bishko. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  13. ^ Hecht, John (26 September 2013). "Tom Vaughan to Helm 'The Log From the Sea of Cortez' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  14. ^ McClintock, Pamela (5 July 2013). "Tom Vaughan to Direct 'The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 November 2013.

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