Simon Pegg speaks about Gloucestershire
When Gloucester's Simon Pegg came back to the county to pick up an honorary fellowship he spoke of his memories of growing up here.
The Shaun of the Dead star was born in Gloucester in 1970 and went to Brockworth Comprehensive School before studying drama at the University of Bristol.
He is one of Britain's most successful comic actors with several film hits including Hot Fuzz and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.
Simon Pegg receives honorary fellowship
He has received an honorary fellowship from the University of Gloucestershire and on his return to the county he says he loves coming home:
"The air smells good and it's sort of peaceful and the scenery's beautiful and the people are great.
"It feels very comfortable.
"When I can come back I feel myself decompressing; coming down the A40 as I cross over down past the Air Balloon I feel myself going aaahh."
He moved to London in the early 1990s and performed on the stand-up comedy circuit for many years.
In 1999 Pegg created and co-wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced.
Since then he co-wrote and starred in the hit films Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Run Fatboy Run, as well as numerous guest appearances in other television series and films.
The film Hot Fuzz featured the fictitious village of Sandford in Gloucestershire as a somewhat backward rural idyll.
Pegg says it is not based on any place in the county but the imaginary village used in police training manuals.
He does not, however, rule out using the his childhood as inspiration for future work.
Simon Pegg with Chris Brierley
"Growing up around the town and going into town every Saturday and going to HMV and King's Walk.
"I used to work at the leisure centre as a lifeguard and went to Brockworth Comprehensive.
"It was all my formative years and I have a lot of great memories of Gloucestershire.
"You always draw on what you know and the experiences that you've had."
last updated: 05/12/2008 at 15:48