Tom Vaughan made his feature-directing debut with the hit coming-of-age comedy Starter for 10, starring James McAvoy and Dominic Cooper. The British-American co-venture, which counted Tom Hanks and Sam Mendes among its producers, earned Vaughan a British Independent Film Award nomination as well as an Audience Award from the 2006 Austin Film Festival. The movie was also nominated last year for a UK Empire Award as Best British Film. Following the success of Starter for 10, Vaughan directed episodes of the HBO series John From Cincinnati and Big Love. Vaughan's career began in his native Britain where he directed the short films Super Grass and Truel, two episodes of the TV series Cold Feet, the telefilms I Saw You and Final Demand, and the four-part BBC miniseries He Knew He Was Right.