Tom Vaughan (director)

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Tom Vaughan
Thomas Vaughan

(1969-09-05) 5 September 1969 (age 51)
Glasgow, Scotland
OccupationTelevision and film director, former child actor
Years active1994–present

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.


Early life and education

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 days 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]


1993Opening ShotDirector, producer1 episode of television series:
  • "Sculpting in Cyberspace" (segment)
1994Super GrassDirector, writerShort film
1996BoxDirector, writer, producerShort film
1997Still Buzzin'Director, writerShort film
1999TruelDirector, writerShort film
1999 Cold Feet Director2 episodes of television series:
  • Season 2, Episode 3
  • Season 2, Episode 4
2000 I Saw You DirectorTelevision pilot
2000 Safe as Houses DirectorTelevision film
2003 Final Demand Director2-part television film
2004 He Knew He Was Right Director4-part television serial
2006 Starter for 10 DirectorFeature film
2007 John from Cincinnati Director1 episode of television series:
  • "His Visit: Day Five"
2007 Big Love Director1 episode of television series:
  • "The Happiest Girl"
2008 What Happens in Vegas DirectorFeature film
2010 Extraordinary Measures DirectorFeature film
2012 So Undercover DirectorFeature film – in post-production
Boomsday DirectorFeature film – in pre-production
2013 Endeavour DirectorTV episode "Fugue"
2014The Log From the Sea of CortezDirectorDocu-drama – pre-production [13]
2014History of Tom Jones, a FoundlingDirectorFeature film re-make, announced in 2013 [14]
2014 Some Kind of Beautiful DirectorFeature film
2015 Doctor Foster DirectorSeries 1- Episodes 1,2 and 3
2016 Victoria Director3 episodes
2018 Press DirectorTV series
2020The Singapore GripDirectorTV series
2020 The Flight Attendant DirectorTV episode "Funeralia"

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