Ewan McGregor

Actor, Singer
In perhaps one of the fastest rises in Hollywood, actor Ewan McGregor emerged onto the scene six months shy of graduating drama school to star in his first miniseries. A mere two years later, he was the toast of the ... Read more »
Born: 03/31/1971

Filmography

Actor (92)

Beauty and The Beast (Disney) 2017 (Movie)

Lumiere (Actor)

Fargo 2016 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Graham Norton Show 2010 - 2011, 2016 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Pastoral 2016 (Movie)

Seymour "Swede" Levov (Actor)

Conan 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Jane Got a Gun 2016 (Movie)

John Bishop (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Days in the Desert 2016 (Movie)

Jesus/The Devil (Actor)

Miles Ahead 2016 (Movie)

Dave Brill (Actor)

Our Kind of Traitor 2016 (Movie)

Perry (Actor)

Doll & Em 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mortdecai 2015 (Movie)

Martland (Actor)

Son of a Gun 2015 (Movie)

Brendan Lynch (Actor)

A Million Ways to Die in the West 2014 (Movie)

Cowboy at Fair (Actor)

Phantom Biker 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

August: Osage County 2013 (Movie)

Bill Fordham (Actor)

Jack The Giant Slayer 2013 (Movie)

Elmont (Actor)

2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Narrator

Charge 2012 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Haywire 2012 (Movie)

Kenneth (Actor)

Perfect Sense 2012 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 2012 (Movie)

Dr. Alfred Jones (Actor)

The 38th Annual People's Choice Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Impossible 2012 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Beginners 2011 (Movie)

Oliver (Actor)

The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

I Love You Phillip Morris 2010 (Movie)

Phillip Morris (Actor)

Jackboots On Whitehall 2010 (Movie)

Voice of Chris (Actor)

Nanny McPhee Returns 2010 (Movie)

Mr Green (Actor)

The Ghost Writer 2010 (Movie)

The Ghost (Actor)

Amelia 2009 (Movie)

Gene Vidal (Actor)

Angels & Demons 2009 (Movie)

Camerlengo (Actor)

Incendiary 2009 (Movie)

Jasper Black (Actor)

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Men Who Stare at Goats 2009 (Movie)

Bob Wilton (Actor)

Cassandra's Dream 2008 (Movie)

Ian (Actor)

Deception 2008 (Movie)

Jonathan McQuarry (Actor)

Top Gear 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker 2006 (Movie)

Ian Rider (Actor)

Miss Potter 2006 (Movie)

Norman Warne (Actor)

Scenes of a Sexual Nature 2006 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Long Way Round 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Robots 2005 (Movie)

Rodney Copperbottom (Voice)

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 (Movie)

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Actor)

Stay 2005 (Movie)

Sam Foster (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Doctor, the Tornado and the Kentucky Kid 2005 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

The Island 2005 (Movie)

Lincoln Six-Echo/Tom Lincoln (Actor)

Valiant 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Valiant (Voice)

Faster 2004 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Young Adam 2004 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Big Fish 2003 (Movie)

Edward Bloom (young) (Actor)

Down With Love 2003 (Movie)

Catcher Block (Actor)

Revealed With Jules Asner 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones 2002 (Movie)

Young Ben 'Obi-Wan' Kenobi (Actor)

Trips Money Can't Buy 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Hawk Down 2001 (Movie)

Ranger Specialist Grimes (Actor)

Moulin Rouge 2001 (Movie)

Christian (Actor)

Nora 2001 (Movie)

James Joyce (Actor)

Eye of the Beholder 2000 (Movie)

The Eye (Actor)

The Concorde: A Supersonic Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Rogue Trader 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999 (Movie)

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Actor)

Little Voice 1998 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Nightwatch 1998 (Movie)

Martin Bells (Actor)

Velvet Goldmine 1998 (Movie)

Curt Wild (Actor)

A Life Less Ordinary 1997 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

Brassed Off 1997 (Movie)

Andy (Actor)

Desserts 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

ER 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 1997 MTV Movie Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Pillow Book 1997 (Movie)

Jerome (Actor)

The Serpent's Kiss 1997 (Movie)

Meneer Chrome (Actor)

Blue Juice 1996 (Movie)

Dean Raymond (Actor)

Cold War 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Emma 1996 (Movie)

Frank Churchill (Actor)

Trainspotting 1996 (Movie)

Mark Renton (Actor)

Shallow Grave 1995 (Movie)

Alex Law (Actor)

Being Human 1994 (Movie)

Alvarez (Actor)

Scarlet and Black 1992 (Movie)

Julien Sorel (Actor)

Karaoke (TV Show)

Actor

Long Way Down (TV Show)

Actor

Number Thirteen (Movie)

(Actor)

TFI Friday (TV Show)

Himself
Music (5)

Cassandra's Dream 2008 (Movie)

("Show Me the Way to go Home") (Song Performer)

Miss Potter 2006 (Movie)

("Let Me Teach You How To Dance") (Song Performer)

Down With Love 2003 (Movie)

("Here's To Love") (Song Performer)

Nora 2001 (Movie)

guitar("Tha Lass of Aughrim") (Music)

Nora 2001 (Movie)

("She Is Far from the Land" "The Lass of Aughrim" "Green Isle of Erin" "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo") (Song Performer)
Director (2)

American Pastoral 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Tube Tales 1998 (Movie)

("Bone") (Director)
Producer (1)

Nora 2001 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

In perhaps one of the fastest rises in Hollywood, actor Ewan McGregor emerged onto the scene six months shy of graduating drama school to star in his first miniseries. A mere two years later, he was the toast of the independent circuit with his brave performance in Danny Boyle's highly regarded "Trainspotting" (1996), which propelled the young actor to stardom virtually overnight. Ever since his acclaimed portrait of a heroin addict struggling to put his drug days behind him, McGregor was a consistent presence in small features like "Emma" (1996) and "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997) as well as amazed fans and critics alike with his romantic leading man appeal and singing talent in the smash musical, "Moulin Rouge" (2001). Never shy to speak his mind, he routinely lambasted big budget Hollywood movies, only to find himself playing one of the most beloved characters in one of the most popular film franchise of all time. As Obi-Wan Kenobi in the three "Star Wars" prequels - "The Phantom Menace" (1999), "Attack of the Clones" (2002) and "Revenge of the Sith" (2005) - McGregor deftly channeled the character created by Sir Alec Guinness, while at the same time making it his own. Though he slipped a little with films like "The Island" (2005) and "Deception" (2008), McGregor nonetheless remained a viable performer capable of playing just about any role he wished.

Relationships

Denis Lawson Actor

Uncle
Appeared in the first three "Star Wars" movies

Phyllis Lawson

Grandmother

Eve Mavrakis Production Designer

Wife
Met in 1994 while working on the British series "Kavanagh QC" (ITV) Married July 22, 1995

James McGregor

Father

Carol McGregor

Mother

Clara McGregor

Daughter
Born in February 1996; mother, Eve Mavrakis

Esther McGregor

Daughter
Born Nov. 7, 2001; mother, Eve Mavrakis

Jamiyan McGregor

Daughter
Mongolian Adopted in April 2006 at four years of age by McGregor and his wife Eve Mavrakis

Colin McGregor

Brother
Born c. 1969

Anouk McGregor

Daughter
Born January 2011; wife, Eve Mavrakis

EDUCATION

Kirkcaldy College of Technology

Attended for one year; school name later changed to Fife College

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

London , England

Morrison's Academy

McGregor's father was the gym teacher

Milestones

2013

Played Elmont, leader of the king's elite guard in action fantasy film "Jack the Giant Slayer"

2012

Co-starred with Emily Blunt in "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," based on novel by Paul Torday

2012

Cast opposite Naomi Watts in "The Impossible," about a family's struggle to survive devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

2011

Joined all-star cast including Michael Douglas, Bill Paxton and newcomer Gina Carano in action thriller "Haywire," directed by Steven Soderbergh

2010

Cast alongside Emma Thompson in family comedy "Nanny McPhee Returns"

2010

Co-starred opposite Pierce Brosnan in Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer"

2010

Co-starred with Jim Carrey as lovers in "I Love You Phillip Morris"

2010

Played the son of an elderly cancer victim (Christopher Plummer) in "Beginners"

2009

Portrayed Gene Vidal, Earhart's lover in Mira Nair's biopic "Amelia"

2009

Co-starred with George Clooney in "The Men Who Stare At Goats"

2009

Played a powerful Vatican insider in film adaptation of Dan Brown's novel "Angels & Demons"

2008

Co-starred with Colin Farrell as down on their luck brothers in Woody Allen's "Cassandra's Dream"

2008

Co-starred with Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams in "Deception"

2006

Cast in "Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker" based on Stormbreaker, first novel in Alex Rider series

2006

Re-teamed with Renee Zellweger in biopic "Miss Potter" about Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter

2005

Voiced genius inventor Rodney Copperbottom in animated feature "Robots"

2005

Co-starred with Scarlett Johansson in sci-fi drama "The Island," directed by Michael Bay

2005

Once again cast as Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith"

2005

Made musical theater debut in remake of "Guys and Dolls" in London's West End

2004

Appeared with fellow actor Charley Boorman on a motorcycle journey across Europe, Asia and North America, which was filmed for a reality type series aired on Bravo

2004

Starred opposite Tilda Swinton in thriller "Young Adam"

2003

Portrayed a young Albert Finney in "Big Fish," Tim Burton's story about fathers and sons

2003

Had lead opposite Renee Zellweger in "Down With Love"

2002

Reprised role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones"

2001

Portrayed a penniless writer who falls for a courtesan (Nicole Kidman) in film musical "Moulin Rouge!"; duet with Kidman called "Come What May" was a hit and placed on charts around the world

2001

Appeared in fact-based war film "Black Hawk Down"

2000

Cast as Irish writer James Joyce in biopic "Nora"

1999

Cast as young Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace"

1999

Portrayed financier Nick Leeson, who brought down Barings Bank in biopic "Rogue Trader" (Cinemax)

1998

Garnered praise for his turn as an American glam rocker in "Velvet Goldmine"; performed songs on the soundtrack

1998

Returned to London stage for revival of "Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs," staged by his uncle Denis Lawson

1997

Reteamed with Danny Boyle and John Hodge for "A Life Less Ordinary" opposite Cameron Diaz

1997

Earned Emmy nomination for guest starring role on NBC medical drama "ER" as a robber who takes Nurse Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) hostage

1996

Had featured role opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in "Emma"

1996

Landed breakthrough screen role as a heroin addict in Boyle's "Trainspotting"; written by Hodge

1996

American TV debut, an episode of HBO anthology series "Tales From the Crypt"

1994

First collaboration with Danny Boyle, "Shallow Grave"; scripted by John Hodge

1993

Feature film debut, "Being Human"

1993

British TV debut, "Lipstick on Your Collar" (Channel 4)

1993

Had first leading role as Julien Sorel in BBC miniseries "Scarlet and Black"

Left home at age 16 to work with the Perth Repertory Theatre in Scotland

Bonus Trivia

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McGregor was one of the co-founders of the independent production company Natural Nylon, along with Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Jonny Lee Miller, and others.

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On the required nudity for his role in "The Pillow Book," McGregor told Entertainment Weekly (June 13, 1997): "Being naked was far more worrisome for everyone else on the set than it was for me. I actually enjoyed it, the truth be told. There was something incredibly powerful about it. Usually you'd get arrested for that sort of thing, but I got paid."

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On working with director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge: "It's never been the case that I'm in the next one, not before casting. [Boyle and Hodge are] terribly loyal as a team to me and I to them, but the loyalty would stop if I'm not right to play a part, and that's the way it should be. So it's not a forgone conclusion that I will be in them all – but I better be." – McGregor to The Los Angeles Times, Oct. 19, 1997

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McGregor on his role in "Moulin Rouge!": "It was quite painful to do and a lot of me came out on screen which made me feel quite vulnerable. I felt I was true to my own character. It reminded me of coming down to London for the first time. I didn't fall in love with a courtesan, but I may as well have done. I came from a small Scottish town to drama school and a crazed environment. It was a shock for a pure naive, romantic kind of guy." – McGregor to London's Evening Standard, Aug. 3, 2001

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