Tom Vaughan is a film, commercial and television director. Born and raised is Scotland, he bought his first video camera as a teenager and proceeded to film re-makes of all his favorite films, starring his friends and family.
Vaughan attended Bristol University where he studied drama. Afterwards, he moved to London and started making short films, including Super Grass in 1994. The film gained a distribution deal with Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused (1993) and was shown on national television as well as in various film festivals.
He went on to direct a number of short films and commercials, including the comedy Still Buzzin,’ the BBC Radio 1 spot Plotless, and a Yellow Pages commercial. In 1999 he directed the period short Truel. Centering on the concept of a three-way duel, the short film was nominated for the First Prize in Short Film at the Montréal World Film Festival.
Vaughan got into television by directing episodes of the hit British series Cold Feet (1997). He then helmed the U.K. television movies I Saw You (2000) and Final Demand (2003). In 2004 he directed the BBC mini-series He Knew He Was Right. Adapted from a novel by Andrew Davies, the four-hour production starred Bill Nighy, Geoffrey Palmer, Oliver Dimsdale and Laura Fraser.
Starter for 10 (2006) was Vaughan’s feature film directorial debut. Starring James McAvoy, Rebecca Hall and Benedict Cumberbatch, the comedy drama’s story focused on a Bristol University student navigating his freshman year. Vaughan then directed episodes of the U.S. HBO drama series’ John from Cincinnati (2007) and Big Love (2007).
In 2008 Vaughan directed his first Hollywood film, What Happens in Vegas. The romantic comedy starred Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher as strangers who wake up after a wild night in sin city to discover they somehow got married.