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Simon Pegg: Queen left me speechless

Published 12/08/2015

Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg doesn't mind watching his own movies back.

In the last couple of years the English actor has become one of Britain's most famous exports, regularly starring opposite Tom Cruise and Chris Pine in the Mission: Impossible and Star Trek movies.

Despite his A-list credentials, when he met Britain's monarch Queen Elizabeth II he was completely in awe.

"Oh yeah, absolutely. I was starstruck by the Queen. I met her at a royal gala performance of the Narnia film I did. I've known her all my life – she’s been on every pound I’ve spent – so to actually meet her in person was quite extraordinary. The most amazing thing about it was seeing her put 3D glasses on. She cried a little bit at the end too when my character makes this life-changing decision – so I think I made the Queen cry," Simon beamed to British Esquire.

Simon's back on cinema screens this week in Absolutely Anything, which co-stars Kate Beckinsale and the late Robin Williams, who voices dog Dennis.

2004 movie Shaun of the Dead helped Simon transition from TV star to film actor, and we went on to make Hot Fuzz and The World’s End with director/ co-writer Edgar Wright and co-star Nick Frost. The men call the movies the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, after the British ice cream, and the 45-year-old has no trouble picking which one he'd most like to watch during a night in.

"Probably The World’s End because it’s the newest one and I haven't seen it as many times as Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead – not that I sit around watching my own films," he laughed. "I've just seen and been in enough screenings and Q&As with those movies. The World's End is also the mint which is my favourite Cornetto flavour."

However it's his prizes Shaun of the Dead shirt that he'd save from a burning building.

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