Ewan Gordon McGregor
|31 March 1971
Eve Mavrakis (m. 1995; Sep. 2017)
|Denis Lawson (uncle)
Ewan McGregor is a Scottish actor, singer, and director. Born March 31, 1971, in Crieff, he has revealed in the early 1990s thanks to Danny Boyle’s films, including Petits Meurtres entre Amis and especially Trainspotting. Became an international star by playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and in the sequel to the Star Wars prequel trilogy, he also stood out as a singer in Moulin Rouge! by Baz Luhrmann.
Ewan McGregor as cinema champion
Ewan McGregor was born in Scotland on March 31, 1971, and grew up with his teacher’s parents and older brother Colin in Crieff. During his childhood, he had the opportunity to see his uncle, actor Denis Lawson, play the character of Wedge Antilles in episodes IV, V, and VI of the Star Wars series. Encouraged by his parents, Ewan left Morrison Academy in Crieff at age 16 to study theater in Perth, then in Fife. He then moved to London at around 19 to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he rubbed shoulders with Daniel Craig and Jude Law.
Ewan McGregor will not however have to wait to obtain his diploma to start his career since he was hired in 1993 by Dennis Potter to play in his series ‘Lipstick on Your Collar’. A year later, he directed his first film, ‘Being Humen’ of Bill Forsyth, then noted in ‘Shallow Grave’ by Danny Boyle. Happy with his performance in his film, the director hires Ewan again for his next production ‘Trainspotting (1996)’. It is while playing in this adaptation of the eponymous novel by Irvine Welsh that the young actor really sees his career take off.
Danny Boyle continued his collaboration with McGregor and took him to Hollywood for the first time with the film ‘A Life Less Ordinary (1997)’. Two years later, the actor made his dream come true when George Lucas asked him to play Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999). Ewan McGregor is then known internationally and connects the major Hollywood productions, accumulating until today about sixty films.
Ewan McGregor as a famous biker
Ewan McGregor is also a big motorcycle champion. In 2004, he set off with his friend, actor Charley Boorman, on a 30,395 km motorcycle trip around the world before retrying the adventure three years later. These two trips were the subject of two television series, Long Way Round and Long Way Down, and a best-selling book.
Ewan McGregor a versatile actor
If he had an interplanetary success thanks to the three episodes of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Ewan McGregor managed to keep his title of great actor thanks to his taste for diversity. After Stars Wars, episode III: Revenge of the Sith, he turned instead to English and European productions and even devoted himself for a few years to the theater.
From 2005 to 2008, he can be seen on the stages of several London theaters, notably in the musical Guys and Dolls. Able to take on any role, Ewan McGregor easily switches from one style to another. In addition to fantasy films, such as Big Fish (2003) by Tim Burton, and science fiction, including The Island (2005) by Michael Bay, we see him in various thrillers, such as Stay (2005) by Marc Forster with Naomi Watts, and Son of a Gun (2014) by Julius Avery.
In several dramas, like Cassandra’s Dream (2007) by Woody Allen or Last Days in the Desert (2015) by Rodrigo García. He will even lend his voice to several characters from animated films, such as Robots (2005) by Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha and, more recently, Beauty and the Beast (2017) by Bill Condon.
Ewan McGregor was also able to show his talents as a singer in several musical films, including the romantic comedy Down with Love (2003) by Peyton Reed, where he shares the bill with Renée Zellweger, and especially the famous Moulin Rouge! (2001) by Baz Luhrmann, where he sings with Nicole Kidman.
Since the 2010s, Ewan McGregor has also tried his hand at television series, including Noah Hawley’s Fargo. Finally, in 2016, the actor took his first steps behind the camera by directing his first film, American Pastoral (2016), based on the award-winning novel by Philip Roth.
Ewan McGregor Awards & Achievements
The innate talent of Ewan McGregor was recognized from his beginnings as he already received the Empire Award for best British actor for Little Killings Among Friends in 1996. A year later, he won the same award as well as the BAFTA Scotland of best actor for Trainspotting.
In 1998, his third film with Danny Boyle won him an award again as he received his third Empire Award for A Life Less Ordinary. Red Mill! He also won several prizes, including the European Honorary Award for European Cinema, the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Musical Film, and his fourth Empire Award for Best British Actor. In 2004, Young Adam earned him his second BAFTA Scotland for Best Actor, while The Ghost Writerallows him to receive the prize for best actor at the European Cinema Awards in 2010. The same year, he was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres français, an honor followed three years later by the title of Officer of the ‘Order of the British Empire.
In 2012, Ewan McGregor became the youngest actor to receive the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award. The actor will also receive his first Golden Globe in 2018 for his role in the Fargo series.
Already showing in several films in 2020, and due to reunite with Obi-Wan Kenobi for a new series of films in the coming decade, Ewan McGregor still has a long and successful career ahead of him.
Ewan McGregor Movies List
Ewan McGregor Television Series