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Shaun of the Dead Star Simon Pegg Is a Father

Shaun of the Dead Star Simon Pegg Is a FatherUK actor Simon Pegg has become the latest celeb to welcome a new bundle of joy. His wife Maureen McCann had a baby girl over the weekend. Pegg’s representative confirmed the happy news but offered no further details.

Pegg has previously been quoted as saying that he was “hoping for a baby girl.” He was also happy with the prospect of the baby being born in the US saying, “It struck me that, technically, he or she could eventually become President of the United States. The potential is there.” Future Presidential aspirations aside, he does seem to want to be an involved and doting parent. He also said, “I want to be a really good dad, a good influence and a good role model – someone my child can turn to… It’s all to do with your attitude and making sure they stay grounded, but making sure they aren’t deprived of anything.”

Pegg and McCann have been married since July 2005. He is godfather to Apple, the daughter of rocker Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Of course this is not much preparation for his own role as dad, but it certainly can’t hurt. Luckily he has his celeb friends to offer a few helpful tips along the way.

Since gaining fame in the US thanks to his starring role in Shaun of the Dead, Pegg has been quite busy. So busy in fact that he had suggested in the past that his baby would have to born in the US. Most recently he took on the iconic role of Montgomery “Scottie” Scott in the reboot of the Star Trek franchise directed by J.J. Abrams.

Pegg is not the only UK native considering raising his child on this side of the pond. Anna Friel has expressed a desire to raise her daughter Gracie Ellen Mary, in the US. Gracie’s father, actor David Thewlis was also born in the UK. No doubt Pegg’s parenting skills will be nothing like those of the character he displayed in the movie Run Fatboy, Run. Pegg played Dennis Doyle who abandoned his pregnant fiancé at the altar. Eventually he redeems himself by running a marathon. At 39, Pegg definitely seems grounded in his new role as a Hollywood celebrity. He seems likely to be busy for years to come, with The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn among his upcoming projects. That movie will be directed by none other than Steven Spielberg.

Congratulations to first time father Simon Pegg and his wife Maureen McCann on the new addition to their family. Sleepless nights may have him showing up on movie sets just a little worse for wear. Best of luck to this funny actor with his growing family and all his future projects.

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