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Simon Pegg talks to Film students on a return visit to Bristol

27 March 2015

Comic actor and writer Simon Pegg, who studied Film and Television at the University of Bristol before pursuing a successful career in television comedy and feature films, gave a special Q+A for current Film students as part of a visit to his alma mater.

Besides discussing his working methods and reflecting on his career trajectory, Pegg told students: “I feel like Bristol University is the place that galvanised the decisions I’ve made and it’s somewhere that will always be very special to me. The whole higher education part of your life is a very formative time. It’s a privilege to be in that environment.

"It 100 per cent shaped my career. This is the mould I came from. It was so important not just in terms of my academic life but my personal life. I wouldn't change a thing. It was an incredible thing to discover that education could be so enjoyable. It wasn't easy, and required an incredible amount of work, but it was all worth it.

My university education was extremely important in terms of the decisions I went on to make.

Simon Pegg was invited back to the University to celebrate the refurbishment of the Richmond Building. The Richmond Building is currently being prepared to house the Department of Film and Television, to include a production studio, editing facilities and an animation suite, as well as a 200-seat digital cinema. The Department expects to move in from January 2016.

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