After leaving Helensburgh’s Hermitage Academy and graduating from Bristol University, Tom quickly made a name for himself directing commercials and short films. He was named by Campaign magazine as one of the UK’s Hottest Directors and was selected as part of Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Directors’ Showcase at Cannes.
Film Four fully financed Vaughan’s short film Truel, a period drama based on a game theory problem, and he took time out of commercials to direct the hit TV show Cold Feet. Tom successfully balanced careers directing commercials with TV dramas. This included, among other projects, a four hour period adaptation for the BBC starring Bill Nighy, Anna Massey, Matthew Goode and Laura Fraser called He Knew He Was Right based on the novel by Anthony Trollope.
His film directing debut was the 2006 coming of age comedy ‘Starter for Ten’, starring James McAvoy, which was followed by the $220M box office smash ‘What Happens in Vegas’ starring Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher in 2008. Tom’s third feature, 2010’s Extraordinary Measures, a true life medical drama, starred Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford.
His 2012 release, ‘So Undercover’ sees Miley Cyrus play a street-smart private investigator hired by the FBI to infiltrate a college sorority and befriend the daughter of a mobster. During 2012, Tom returned to UK television to direct for ITV, the second of four feature length Endeavour Morse films starring Shaun Evans in the title role.
Tom is set to direct the music-driven coming of age comedy “Mixtape” about a 12-year-old girl who loses a mixtape, her only connection to her deceased parents, and sets out to learn about their lives by investigating the obscure songs listed on the tape’s case. Sarah Jessica Parker (SEX AND THE CITY) is set to co-star in this production which begins filming in early 2013.