Ewan McGregor Biography

Ewan McGregor is a famous Scottish actor. Explore this biography to learn more about his profile, childhood, life and timeline.

Quick Facts

Birthday: March 31, 1971

Nationality: Scottish

Famous: Quotes By Ewan McGregor Humanitarian

Age: 49 Years, 49 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Aries

Also Known As: Ewan Gordon McGregor

Born Country: Scotland

Born in: Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Eve Mavrakis (m. 1995–2018)

father: James Charles Stewart

mother: Carole Diane (née Lawson)

siblings: Colin, Colin McGregor

children: Anouk McGregor, Clara Mathilde McGregor, Esther Rose McGregor, Jamiyan McGregor

Diseases & Disabilities: Depression

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education: Morrison's Academy, Guildhall School of Music and Drama

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Ewan McGregor is an eminent Scottish actor who is best-known for his roles in ‘Trainspotting’ and the ‘Star Wars’ prequel trilogy. One of the founders of ‘Natural Nylon,’ Ewan appeared in a number of low-budget, artsy Hollywood films before he was offered the roles of ‘Mark Renton’ and ‘Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi’ in ‘Trainspotting’ and ‘Star Wars’ prequel trilogy, respectively. His on-screen charisma and good looks earned him a large fan following around the world. He also got noticed for playing challenging roles in non-commercial, inventive films like ‘Down With Love’ and ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Apart from acting in films, he is also a theatre artist and has appeared in a number of theatrical productions, including ‘Little Malcolm and His Struggles against the Eunuchs,’ ‘Guys and Dolls,’ and ‘Othello.’ His acting capabilities earned him the respect of his contemporaries. He was also lauded for his choice of roles and his ability to pull off such roles with confidence. He is a keen motorcyclist and has partaken in a number of motorcycle marathons. Additionally, he indulges in interesting adventures and has traveled across the globe. He is also involved in various charities.

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Childhood & Early Life
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Career
  • He landed a major role as ‘Private Mick Hopper’ in ‘Lipstick on Your Collar,’ a musical-comedy, in 1993. The same year, he also starred in the British television mini-series ‘Scarlet and Black.’
  • In 1994, he was lauded for his performance in a thriller titled ‘Shallow Grave,’ for which he won an important award.
  • In 1996, he got his first major breakthrough when he was cast to play a heroin addict in ‘Trainspotting,’ which was a film adaptation of a novel of the same name.
  • In 1997, he was cast as ‘Duncan Stewart’ in an episode in the famous television series ‘ER.’ His role earned him a nomination at the prestigious ‘Primetime Emmy Awards.’
  • In 1998, he was cast as the protagonist in ‘Little Voice.’ The following year, he starred as ‘Jedi Obi-Wan-Kenobi’ in the hit film ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.’
  • From 1998 to 1999, he starred in the theatre production of ‘Little Malcolm and His Struggles against the Eunuchs,’ which opened at the ‘Hampstead Theatre.’ It was later transferred to the ‘Comedy Theatre.’
  • He appeared as ‘Christian’ in ‘Moulin Rouge!’ alongside Nicole Kidman in 2001. He reprised his role as ‘Jedi Obi-Wan-Kenobi’ in ‘Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones’ the following year.
  • In 2003, he was cast opposite Renee Zellweger in ‘Down with Love,’ which was a light-hearted, romantic film. The same year, he also appeared in the fantasy film ‘Big Fish’ where he played ‘Edward Bloom.’ His role in the drama ‘Young Adam’ earned him a lot of accolades.
  • He was once again cast as ‘Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi’ in ‘Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith’ in 2005, following which he lent his voice for two animated films, ‘Robots’ and ‘Valiant.’ Furthermore, he was cast opposite Scarlett Johansson in ‘The Island.’
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  • From 2005 to 2007, he starred in ‘Guys and Dolls’ at the ‘Piccadilly Theatre.’
  • In 2007, he starred in ‘Cassandra’s Dream.’ Two years later, he appeared in ‘I Love You Philip Morris,’ ‘Amelia,’ and ‘Angels & Demons.’ The same year, he worked on the production of ‘Othello’ and also reprised his role as ‘lago’ for ‘BBC Radio 3.’
  • In 2012, he appeared in ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ and ‘The Impossible,’ both of which earned him nominations at prestigious award ceremonies. In 2013, he appeared in ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ and ‘August: Osage County.’
  • In 2015, McGregor starred in the action comedy film ‘Mortdecai.’ The same year, he was also seen in films like ‘Last Days in the Desert’ and ‘Miles Ahead.’ The following year, he played prominent roles in ‘Jane Got a Gun’ and ‘Our Kind of Traitor.’
  • McGregor starred as the titular character in ‘Christopher Robin’ in 2018. The same year, he also played ‘Cole’ in ‘Zoe.’
  • In 2019, he played ‘Danny Torrance’ in ‘Doctor Sleep,’ the film adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name. The following year, he played a fictional supervillain named ‘Black Mask’ in ‘Birds of Prey.’
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Major Works
  • Ewan McGregor landed his first breakthrough role in the 1996 blockbuster film ‘Trainspotting.’ Directed by Danny Boyle, the movie revolves around the lives of heroin addicts. In the film, McGregor played ‘Mark Renton.’ The movie is rated as one of the ‘Top 100 British films of all time.’ According to a public poll, it is rated as the ‘Best Scottish film of all time.’ The film collected a whopping $72 million at the box-office and gave McGregor his first major hit.
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Awards & Achievements
  • He won the ‘BAFTA Scotland Award’ for ‘Best Actor’ for ‘Trainspotting’ in 1997.
  • He was conferred the title of ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire’ for his contributions to charity and drama during the 2013 New Year Honors.
  • In 2016, he received the ‘BAFTA Britannia Humanitarian Award.’
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • Ewan McGregor married Eve Mavrakis and they have four daughters: Clara Mathilde, Esther Rose, Jamyan, and Annouk. On 19 January 2018, McGregor filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
  • He is a UNICEF ambassador and is an avid motorcyclist. He has also been part of a vaccination program wherein he traveled by foot to administer vaccines to children in India, Nepal, and the Republic of Congo.
  • He stated that he was a functioning alcoholic, but gave up alcohol.
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Trivia
  • This famous Scottish actor of ‘Trainspotting’ fame underwent surgery to remove a cancerous mole.
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1. Trainspotting (1996)

  (Drama)

2. Big Fish (2003)

  (Romance, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy)


3. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

  (Musical, Drama, Romance)

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

  (Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy)



5. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

  (Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action, Fantasy)

6. Black Hawk Down (2001)

  (History, War, Drama)




7. Lo imposible (2012)

  (Drama, Thriller)

8. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

  (Romance, Fantasy, Musical, Family)





Awards

Golden Globe Awards
2018 Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television Fargo (2014)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
2002 Best Musical Sequence Moulin Rouge! (2001)

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