Matthew Allard de Vere Drummond (born Matthew Allard Robert Vaughn; 7 March 1971) is an English film producer, director, and screenwriter. 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).
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 subsequently identified his father as George Albert Harley de Vere Drummond, 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.
Vaughn was educated at 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 (1995), starring Annabella Sciorra and Michael Gambon. 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). 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. Vaughn's next directorial project, was Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015), 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.
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 the Man of Steel 2. In September of that year, Vaughn confirmed that he is in negotiations with the studio to helm the project.
On 25 May 2002, Vaughn married German model Claudia Schiffer in Suffolk. 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). The couple have homes in Notting Hill, and own Coldham Hall, Stanningfield, Suffolk.
|1996||The Innocent Sleep||Yes|
|1998||Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels||Yes||Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best British Film|
|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|
|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
|2011||X-Men: First Class||Yes||Yes||Nominated – Scream Award for Best Director|
|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|
|TBA||I Am Pilgrim||Yes||Yes||Announced|
|2000||Lock, Stock...||Yes||Executive producer|
|2003||Make My Day||Yes||Documentary
|2010||Kick-Ass: The Game||Yes|
The Secret Service
The Golden Circle
The Secret Service
The Golden Circle