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- Net Worth:
- $20 Million
- Date of Birth:
- Apr 18, 1974 (49 years old)
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- Film Director, Television Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Producer, Editor, Television Producer, TV Editor
What is Edgar Wright's Net Worth?
Edgar Wright is an English director, actor, screenwriter, and producer who has a net worth of $20 million. Edgar Wright is known for creating fast-paced and often satirical genre films such as "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," "The World's End," "Baby Driver," and "Last Night in Soho." He also directed the graphic novel adaptation "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and the documentary "The Sparks Brothers," and co-wrote the screenplays to "The Adventures of Tintin" and "Ant-Man." Earlier in his career, Wright worked in television, creating the British series "Asylum" and directing the sitcom "Spaced."
Early Life and Education
Edgar Wright was born on April 18, 1974 in Poole, Dorset, England and grew up in Wells, Somerset. He has an older brother named Oscar. Wright was educated at the Blue School in Wells, graduating in 1992. For his higher education, he went to the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, from which he obtained a National Diploma in audiovisual design in 1994.
After making a number of short films in his youth, Wright made his feature film debut in 1995 with the low-budget Western spoof "A Fistful of Fingers." He transitioned to television in the years after that, and finally returned to film in 2004 with the zombie comedy "Shaun of the Dead," starring his frequent collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The film was a major critical and commercial hit, spawning a loose trilogy of genre comedies that would come to be known as the "Three Flavors Cornetto" trilogy due to a running joke about Cornetto ice cream. The second film in the trilogy was the action cop comedy "Hot Fuzz," released in 2007; the third and final installment was the 2013 science-fiction comedy "The World's End." Wright co-wrote the screenplays to all three films with Simon Pegg.
Between the second and third films of the "Three Flavors Cornetto" trilogy, Wright directed and co-wrote the romantic action comedy "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," based on the graphic novel series and starring Michael Cera as the titular character. Released in 2010, the film had disappointing box-office returns, but was a significant hit with critics. The following year saw the release of another film based on a comic, "The Adventures of Tintin." Wright co-wrote the film, which was directed by Steven Spielberg, with Joe Cornish and Steven Moffat. Later, in 2015, he co-wrote the Marvel superhero film "Ant-Man." Wright's next film as writer and director was the 2017 action film "Baby Driver," starring Ansel Elgort. The film was a massive critical and commercial hit. Wright followed it with two films in 2021: the documentary "The Sparks Brothers," about the pop rock duo Sparks, and the psychological horror film "Last Night in Soho," starring Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy.
In the mid 90s, Wright's debut film "A Fistful of Fingers" drew the attention of British comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams, who subsequently chose Wright to direct their television sketch show "Mash and Peas." Meanwhile, Wright created his first show, "Asylum"; he also directed the series, which first introduced him to Simon Pegg. In the late 90s, Wright worked as a director on such British comedy shows as "Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round," "Is it Bill Bailey?," "Sir Bernard's Stately Homes," and "Murder Most Horrid."
Wright's biggest television show was "Spaced," a sitcom created and written by its stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson. He directed all 14 episodes of the series from 1999 to 2001, and had uncredited appearances in three of the episodes. Wright lent "Spaced" an unorthodox look for a sitcom, using dramatic camera movements and angles more familiar to the horror and science-fiction genres. After the end of that show, Wright stepped in front of the camera to play Eddie Yorque in the parody series "Look Around You," which ran from 2002 to 2005. He returned to acting in 2017 in the role of a commentator in the television mockumentary film "Tour de Pharmacy."
Wright has also directed various music videos over the years. In the early 00s, he directed the videos for "Keep the Home Fires Burning" and "After Hours," by the Bluetones; "Psychosis Safari," by the Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster; and "Blue Song," by Mint Royale. Wright later directed music videos for Charlotte Hatherley, Pharrell Williams, and Beck.
Other Film Endeavors
Among his other film-related activities beyond writing and directing, Wright formed a production company named Complete Fiction with his longtime collaborators Joe Cornish, Nira Park, and Rachel Prior. The company signed a deal with Netflix to release a number of film adaptations as well as an original series. Wright has also been a guest programmer at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, California, curating such favorite films of his as Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead II" and Joel and Ethan Coen's "Raising Arizona."