Ewan McGregor
British actor
Ewan McGregor
Ewan Gordon McGregor is a Scottish actor who has had success in mainstream, indie, and art house films. He is perhaps best known for his roles as heroin addict Mark Renton in the drama Trainspotting (1996), Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999–2005), poet Christian in the musical film Moulin Rouge! (2001), and storyteller Edward Bloom in Tim Burton's Big Fish (2003).
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New ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Character Posters Will Make You Smile Like a Kid
Huffington Post - 25 days
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Ewan McGregor Cancels Piers Morgan Interview After Host's Women's March Comments
Huffington Post - 28 days
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12 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week
Yahoo News - 4 months
We’ve got a fresh selection of movie trailers for you this week, including a brand new Wonder Woman clip. Vin Diesel’s next xXx film also has a new trailer you should check out. Finally, there’s a trailer for the Trainspotting sequel that you need to see, and a new trailer for Life , a space movie we’ll certainly want to see. DON’T MISS: The best MacBook Pro alternatives now that Apple ruined everything 20th Century Women We talked about 20th Century Women in the past. It’s the story of three women living in Southern California in the late 1970s. The picture opens on Christmas Day and stars Elle Fanning, Annette Bening, Laura Wiggins, and others. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JnFaltqnAY All We Had All We Had is a new Katie Holmes movie hitting cinemas on December 9th. It’s a family drama about a mom, her daughter, and making the best life you can. Let’s call it 21st century women? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usa1lBKEDnY Gifted In Gifted we have a different family drama. Rather th ...
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‘T2: Trainspotting’ Trailer: Ewan McGregor and Crew Are Back to Their Old Tricks
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
The sequel hits theaters early in 2017.
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Denver Film Festival Preview: Welcome to the La La Land of Opportunity
Huffington Post - 4 months
Tracy and Hepburn. Bogie and Bergman. Fred and Ginger. Liz and Dick. Butch and Sundance. Thelma and Louise. Sebastian and Mia? Finding the rare perfect pair with the golden touch on the silver screen -- in the guise of a real-life sustainable couple, a one-off character study or two actors who continue to play it again -- can be either an exhilarating or exasperating experience. Just like watching a doubleheader or double feature, both always aren't a winning combination. Whether it involves BFFs or best frenemies, a dynamic duo or an old-fashioned romantic couple, there has to be a chemical attraction/reaction between the two lead actors to make us want to believe in them. The 39th Denver Film Festival gets off on the right foot in that department this week with its Red Carpet presentation of La La Land, a modern take on the Hollywood musical that pays homage to the City of Angels, matches made in movie heaven and anyone else who dares to dream another day. The Nov. ...
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WATCH: Dakota Fanning, Ewan McGregor Talk Halloween Costumes, Knitting
ABC News - 4 months
The two actors star in the upcoming drama, "American Pastoral."
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Top British Artist Lincoln Townley Has Painted This Year's Britannia Award Honorees
Huffington Post - 4 months
For the second year running, Lincoln Townley has been commissioned by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles to create a collection of portraits to celebrate this year's honorees at The Britannia Awards being held in LA on Friday. Jodie Foster, Ricky Gervais, Samuel L. Jackson, Felicity Jones, Ang Lee, and Ewan McGregor are the latest in a long line of celebrities to get the Townley golden touch. His painting of boxing legend Muhammed Ali sold for $623,000 earlier this year. Sir Michael Caine calls Townley the next Andy Warhol. Townley has donated these latest works of art to BAFTA Los Angeles. The funds raised will go towards its ongoing educational and community outreach programming. The Brit artist has achieved global success with his ICONS series - a collection of paintings of the most famous and influential people in the world. The London born painter, married to actress Denise Welch, launched the Music ICONS series in September that took over ...
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Ewan McGregor directs and stars in a timely adaptation of Philip Roth's 'American Pastoral'
LATimes - 4 months
“American Pastoral,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1997 novel by Philip Roth, proves a haunting, engrossing, often eerily timely adaptation. It’s a movie that makes you think and feel — and then think some more. Star and first-time director Ewan McGregor, working with screenwriter John Romano,...
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The MovieFilm Podcast: The Accountant & Ewan McGregor on American Pastoral
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McGregor says wife behind 'American Pastoral' directorial debut
Reuters.com - 5 months
LONDON (Reuters) - Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, in his directorial debut, brought an adaptation of Philip Roth's novel "American Pastoral" to the Zurich Film Festival this week and said his wife helped him get behind the camera.
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Ewan McGregor launches directorial debut in Toronto
Reuters.com - 5 months
Ewan McGregor talks about changing roles from actor to director as he launches his first feature film at the Toronto International Film Festival. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ewan McGregor
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 44
    In 2016, he made his directorial debut with American Pastoral.
    More Details Hide Details In 2017, he will reprise his role as Mark Renton in T2: Trainspotting 2. From November 1998 to March 1999, McGregor starred as Malcolm Scrawdyke in a production of David Halliwell's Little Malcolm and His Struggles Against the Eunuchs, directed by his uncle, Denis Lawson. The play was first staged at the Hampstead Theatre before transferring to the Comedy Theatre in London's West End. In November 2001, McGregor made a cameo appearance in The Play What I Wrote. From June 2005 to April 2007, McGregor starred alongside Jane Krakowski, Douglas Hodge and Jenna Russell in the original Donmar Warehouse production of Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre in London. He played the leading role of Sky Masterson, made famous by Marlon Brando in the film of the same name. McGregor received the LastMinute.com award for Best Actor for his performance in 2005, and he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2007.
  • 2015
    Age 43
    In June 2015, McGregor read Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" for the children's fairytales app GivingTales in aid of UNICEF, together with Roger Moore, Stephen Fry, Joan Collins, Joanna Lumley, Michael Caine, David Walliams, Charlotte Rampling and Paul McKenna.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, on an episode of Parkinson, McGregor stated that he had given up alcohol after a period where he was arguably a functioning alcoholic, and that he had not had a drink in seven years. In 2008, he had a cancerous mole removed from underneath his right eye.
    In a June 2015 interview, McGregor indicated that a long discussed South American trip with Boorman was still in the planning stages, but he expected that an excursion through the Baja California Peninsula would take place first.
    More Details Hide Details McGregor has been married since 1995 to Eve Mavrakis, a Greek/French production designer, whom he met on the set of Kavanagh QC. They have four daughters: Clara Mathilde McGregor (b. 1996), Esther Rose McGregor (b. 2001), Jamyan McGregor (b. 2001), and Anouk McGregor (b. 2011). In 2006, McGregor and his wife adopted Jamyan from Mongolia, where he spent time during the Long Way Round journey in 2004. McGregor has a heart and dagger tattoo of the names of his wife and daughters on his right arm. The family currently resides in Los Angeles, California after moving from London. McGregor's children were raised in his wife's Jewish faith, and he has said "my involvement in religion has more to do with the Jewish faith now and not the Christian faith, which I was very vaguely brought up in."
    On 21 April 2015, it was announced that McGregor would play Lumiere in the live-action version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon.
    More Details Hide Details He joins a cast that includes Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (Beast/Prince), Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gad (Lefou), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Kevin Kline (Maurice) and Audra McDonald (Garderobe). Filming began in May 2015 at Shepperton Studios in London. The film is scheduled to be released in March 2017.
    In 2015, he starred in the action comedy film Mortdecai, alongside Johnny Depp, Olivia Munn, and Paul Bettany.
    More Details Hide Details Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph felt the film was "psychotically unfunny".
  • 2013
    Age 41
    McGregor was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to drama and charity.
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  • 2012
    Age 40
    In 2012, he was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details At the San Sebastián International Film Festival, he was awarded the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award and became the youngest recipient of the award.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 39
    At the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival, he was awarded with the SIFF Golden Space Needle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting.
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  • 2009
    Age 37
    Also in 2009, he portrayed Camerlengo Patrick McKenna in Angels & Demons, the film adaptation of Dan Brown's novel of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details McGregor is scheduled to co-star with Daniel Craig in Dan Harris' upcoming film adaptation of Glen Duncan's novel I, Lucifer.
    In 2009, he co-starred with Jim Carrey in I Love You Phillip Morris and appeared in Amelia alongside Hilary Swank.
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  • 2007
    Age 35
    In 2007, McGregor starred opposite Colin Farrell in the Woody Allen film Cassandra's Dream.
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  • 2006
    Age 34
    In 2006, he narrated the Fulldome production Astronaut, created for the National Space Centre.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he also narrated the STV show JetSet, a six-part series following the lives of trainee pilots and navigators at RAF Lossiemouth as they undergo a gruelling six-month course learning to fly the Tornado GR4, the RAF's primary attack aircraft.
  • 2005
    Age 33
    He also headlined Marc Forster's 2005 film Stay, a psychological thriller co-starring Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling.
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    Also in 2005, McGregor played two roles—one a clone of the other—opposite Scarlett Johansson in Michael Bay's science fiction action thriller film The Island.
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    In 2005, McGregor appeared for the final time as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
    More Details Hide Details He took very special care—especially in Revenge of the Sith—to ensure that his portrayal of Obi-Wan's mannerisms, speech timings and accents closely resembled Alec Guinness' version. That same year, McGregor voiced two successful animated features; he played the robot Rodney Copperbottom in Robots, which also featured the voices of Halle Berry and Robin Williams, and he voiced the lead character in Gary Chapman's Valiant, alongside Jim Broadbent, John Cleese and Ricky Gervais.
  • 2003
    Age 31
    In 2003, he starred alongside Renée Zellweger in Down With Love.
    More Details Hide Details He also portrayed the younger Edward Bloom in the critically acclaimed film Big Fish alongside Albert Finney, Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman and Billy Crudup. During that year, he also received critical acclaim for his portrayal of an amoral drifter mixed up with murder in the drama Young Adam, which co-starred Tilda Swinton.
  • 2002
    Age 30
    McGregor reprised his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for the subsequent prequel Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones in 2002.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2001
    Age 29
    In 2001, he starred in Moulin Rouge! as the young poet Christian, who falls in love with the terminally-ill courtesan Satine, played by Nicole Kidman.
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  • 1999
    Age 27
    In 1999, McGregor starred in the blockbuster Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace as the young Obi-Wan Kenobi, a role originally made famous by Sir Alec Guinness in the original Star Wars trilogy.
    More Details Hide Details His uncle, Denis Lawson, had played Wedge Antilles in the original trilogy.
  • 1998
    Age 26
    McGregor played the male romantic lead role in the 1998 British film Little Voice.
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  • 1996
    Age 24
    His international breakthrough followed in 1996 with the role of heroin addict Mark Renton in Boyle's Trainspotting, an adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel of the same name.
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  • 1994
    Age 22
    In 1994, McGregor performed in the thriller Shallow Grave, for which he won an Empire Award, and which marked his first collaboration with director Danny Boyle.
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  • 1993
    Age 21
    In 1993, six months prior to his graduation from Guildhall, McGregor won a leading role in Dennis Potter's six-part Channel 4 series Lipstick on Your Collar.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, he starred in the BBC adaptation of Scarlet and Black with a young Rachel Weisz, and made his film debut in Bill Forsyth's Being Human.
    His first professional role was in 1993, when he won a leading role in the Channel 4 series Lipstick on Your Collar.
    More Details Hide Details He is best known for his roles as heroin addict Mark Renton in the drama Trainspotting (1996), the young Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999–2005), poet Christian in the musical film Moulin Rouge! (2001), and Dr. Alfred Jones in the romantic comedy-drama Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011). He received Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy for both Moulin Rouge! and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. McGregor has also starred in theatre productions of Guys and Dolls (2005–07) and Othello (2007–08). He was ranked No. 36 on Empire magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list in 1997. McGregor was born in Perth, Scotland and brought up in Crieff. His mother, Carol Diane (née Lawson), is a retired teacher of Crieff High School and latterly deputy head teacher of Kingspark School in Dundee. His father, James Charles Stewart "Jim" McGregor, is a retired physical education teacher and careers master of Morrison's Academy, Crieff. He has an older brother, Colin (b. 1969), who is a former Tornado GR4 pilot in the Royal Air Force. He is the nephew of actor Denis Lawson (who also appeared in the Star Wars franchise, as Rebel Alliance pilot Wedge Antilles) and actress Sheila Gish, and the step-cousin of actress Lou Gish on his mother's side of the family. McGregor attended the independent Morrison's Academy in Crieff.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Born on March 31, 1971.
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