Matthew Vaughn

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).

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

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

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]



Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2004 Layer Cake Yes No 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
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 No Yes Yes Directed by John Madden
2011 X-Men: First Class Yes Yes No Nominated – Scream Award for Best Director
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past No Story No Directed by Bryan Singer
Kingsman: The Secret Service Yes Yes Yes
2017 Kingsman: The Golden Circle Yes Yes Yes
2020 The King's Man Yes Yes Yes

Producer only

Year Title Director Notes
1996 The Innocent Sleep Scott Michell
1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Guy Ritchie Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best British Film
2000 Snatch
2001 Mean Machine Barry Skolnick
2002 Swept Away Guy Ritchie Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
2003 A Short Film About John Bolton Neil Gaiman Short film
2009 Harry Brown Daniel Barber
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Jeff Wadlow
2015 Fantastic Four Josh Trank Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel
Eddie the Eagle Dexter Fletcher
2019 Rocketman


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

2010 Kick-Ass: The Game No No Yes

Frequent collaborators

Actors and actresses
Collaborator Layer Cake
First Class

The Secret Service

The Golden Circle

The King's Man
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
Aaron Taylor-Johnson 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 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


  3. "Vaughn hits out at fame obsession".
  4. "Vaughn's truth about son Matthew". Evening Standard. 25 April 2002. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  5. "Matthew Vaughn: The director's cut". The Independent. 3 October 2004. Retrieved 17 March 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 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)". 25 July 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  12. "Who Will Team Up With Colin Firth in Matthew Vaughn's 'Secret Service'?". 27 June 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  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 (13 March 2017). "Warner Bros. Eyeing Matthew Vaughn to Direct Man of Steel 2". Collider. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  17. Lyus, Jon (15 September 2017). "Matthew Vaughn Confirms Talks For The Next Superman Film". HeyUGuys. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  18. "". 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 21 January 2015.
  22. "Celebrity couple's love for Suffolk". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 17 March 2011.

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