Growing up in the U.K., Edgar Wright began crafting his distinct visual style directing Super 8 films starring his school friends. Ever the cinephile, he continued directing and submitting films to festivals until he caught the eye of the U.K. TV comedy community.
Moving to television, this phase of Wright’s career culminated in him directing the show Spaced for Channel 4. It was here that Wright began his iconic collaboration with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Spaced served as a launching pad for the 2004 film Shaun of the Dead, which starred both actors and became a sleeper box-office hit. The trio would make two more films together: Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World’s End (2013). These became known as the Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy, of which all were co-written by Wright and Pegg. In between Fuzz and World’s End, Wright co-wrote and directed the acclaimed Scott Pilgrim v. the World (2010). It was here that Wright’s eye for visual detail moved into the limelight; the distinct stylization of the film won praise from audiences and critics worldwide. Wright’s latest film, the critically acclaimed Baby Driver (2017), stars Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx. It has grossed over $220 million worldwide to date and was nominated for a Golden Globe, two Academy Awards, as well winning a BAFTA Award for Best Editing
Wright has also collaborated with many acclaimed filmmakers: he co-wrote The Adventures of Tintin (2011) for director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson, and directed the faux trailer for “Don’t” which played between Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse (2007). As an executive producer, Wright has championed Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block (2011) and Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers (2012).