Ewan McGregor

Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents encoura...

Born on March 31, 1971

Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, UK

Height 1.77m / 5' 10"

Biography

Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents encouraged him to leave school and pursue his acting goals rather than be unhappy. McGregor studied drama for a year at Kirkcaldly in Fife, then enrolled at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama for a three-year course. He studied alongside Daniel Craig and Alistair McGowan, among others, and left right before graduating after snagging the role of Private Mick Hopper in Dennis Potter's six-part Channel 4 series Lipstick on Your Collar (1993). His first notable role was that of Alex Law in Shallow Grave (1994), directed by Danny Boyle, written by John Hodge and produced by Andrew Macdonald. This was followed by The Pillow Book (1996) and Trainspotting (1996), the latter of which brought him to the public's attention.He is now one of the most critically acclaimed actors of his generation, and portrays Obi-Wan Kenobi in the first three Star Wars episodes. McGregor is married to French production designer Eve Mavrakis, whom he met while working on the television series Kavanagh QC (1995). They married in France in the summer of 1995 and have two daughters, Clara Mathilde and Esther Rose. McGregor formed a production company, with friends Jonny Lee Miller, Sean Pertwee, Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Damon Bryant, Bradley Adams and Geoff Deehan, called "Natural Nylon", and hoped it would make innovative films that do not conform to Hollywood standards. McGregor and Bryant left the company in 2002. He was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to drama and charity.Read More

Known For

TradeMarks

Mischievous smile

Mole on his forehead, until he had it removed

Red hair and blue eyes

Scottish accent

Trivia

Former roommate of Jude Law. They are still close friends.

His first name is pronounced "you-an".

Was presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster at a graduation ceremony in Belfast, Northern Ireland (July 5, 2001).

In the film Moulin Rouge! (2001), McGregor sang alongside Nicole Kidman.

Originally auditioned for the role of Mercutio in the film Romeo + Juliet (1996). He later got his chance to work with "Romeo + Juliet" director Baz Luhrmann when he was cast as Christian in Moulin Rouge! (2001).

Was originally up for the lead role in The Beach (2000), which would have reunited him with director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge who collaborated with McGregor on Shallow Grave (1994), Trainspotting (1996) and A Life Less Ordinary (1997). The role ultimately went to Leonardo DiCaprio. While McGregor blamed studio influence for the casting decision, he did not speak to either Boyle nor Hodge for years afterwards, commenting in an interview that he felt betrayed and the friendship was over. However, McGregor and Boyle made amends in 2015, with McGregor stating he has changed his opinion about the whole matter, and has moved on.

He met his wife, Eve Mavrakis, while filming for Kavanagh QC (1995).

Born at 3:45pm-CET

Nephew of Denis Lawson.

Ranked #36 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

Quotes

Actually, I really want to play Princess Leia. Stick some big pastries on my head. Now, that would be interesting.

My uncle would appear back from London, where he lived in the 70s, in sheepskin waistcoats and beads and no shoes. As an actor he had something about him that I liked and wanted to have. So that's one element: to be like my uncle, to be different.

[My fans] say, "I've seen Star Wars and Moulin Rouge! What else should we try to see you in?". I always tell 'em to get The Pillow Book (1996). That would be a bit of an eye-opener for them, wouldn't it?

I fight cynicism. It's too easy. It's really boring. It's much harder to be positive and see the wonder of everything. Cynicism is a bunch of people who aren't as talented as other people, knocking them because they make them feel even more untalented.

I was with a friend of mine recently who was dying and while he was lying there with his family around his bed, I just knew that was it, that was the best you can hope for in life - to have your family and the people who love you around you at the end.

I won't buy into the Hollywood thing... I want to be in good movies.

It's a great feeling of power to be naked in front of people. We're happy to watch actual incredible graphic violence and gore, but as soon as somebody's naked it seems like the public goes a bit bananas about the whole thing.

Isn't Halle Berry the most beautiful woman? I have a film I'd like to be in her with. I mean, I'd like to be with her in" - At the 2002 Golden Globe Awards commenting to Melissa Rivers on Halle Berry, who just walked by.

I've been waiting nearly twenty years to have my own lightsaber. Nothing's cooler than being a Jedi Knight.

I'm doing my bit for the women's movement. The women have always been naked in movies and now I'm just desperate to take my clothes off as much as possible.

Spouses

Eve Mavrakis Eve Mavrakis July 22, 1995 - present (4 children)

Filmography

Today Today Himself/...(2episodes,2016)
Blue Peter Blue Peter Himself(1episode,2005)
The South Bank Show The South Bank Show Himself-Guest(1episode,2003)
Entertainment Tonight Entertainment Tonight Himself(10episodes,2006-2009)
Nature Nature Himself(1episode,2002)
Sidewalks Entertainment Sidewalks Entertainment Himself(1episode,2012)
Live! with Kelly Live! with Kelly Himself-Guest(9episodes,2009-2016)
Tales from the Crypt Tales from the Crypt Ford(1episode,1996)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself-Guest(9episodes,2001-2012)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself-Guest(1episode,2006)
Late Show with David Letterman Late Show with David Letterman Himself-Guest(3episodes,2001-2011)
The Scarlet and the Black The Scarlet and the Black JulienSorel(3episodes,1993)
Being Human  Being Human  Alvarez
Lipstick on Your Collar Lipstick on Your Collar PrivateHopper(6episodes,1993)
ER ER DuncanStewart(1episode,1997)
Cinema 3 Cinema 3 Himself-Interviewee(7episodes,1996-2016)
Blue Juice  Blue Juice  DeanRaymond
The Pillow Book  The Pillow Book  Jerome
Karaoke Karaoke YoungMan(1episode,1996)
TFI Friday TFI Friday Himself-Guest(1episode,2015)
Brassed Off  Brassed Off  Andy
Trainspotting  Trainspotting  Renton
Ruby Ruby Himself-Guest(1episode,2000)
A Life Less Ordinary  A Life Less Ordinary  RobertLewis
Nightwatch  Nightwatch  MartinBells
The Serpent's Kiss  The Serpent's Kiss  MeneerChrome
Eye of the Beholder  Eye of the Beholder  Eye
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace  Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace  Obi-WanKenobi
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones  Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones  Obi-WanKenobi
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith  Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith  Obi-WanKenobi
The View The View Himself(1episode,2016)
Rogue Trader  Rogue Trader  NickLeeson
Little Voice  Little Voice  Billy
CBS News Sunday Morning CBS News Sunday Morning Himself-Guest(1episode,2012)
In the Wild In the Wild Himself(1episode,2001)
Parkinson Parkinson Himself-Guest(4episodes,2001-2007)
Welcome to Hollywood  Welcome to Hollywood  EwanMcGregor
Welcome to Hollywood  Welcome to Hollywood 
Tube Tales  Tube Tales 
This Morning This Morning Himself-Guest(2episodes,2007-2008)
Film 2016 Film 2016 Himself(3episodes,1996-2006)
Nulle part ailleurs Nulle part ailleurs Himself(1episode,1996)
Caiga quien caiga - CQC Caiga quien caiga - CQC Himself(1episode,2012)
Moulin Rouge!  Moulin Rouge!  Christian
The Unauthorized 'Star Wars' Story  The Unauthorized 'Star Wars' Story  Himself
GMTV GMTV Himself(2episodes,2005-2006)
Family Style  Family Style  Jimmie
Caiga quien caiga Caiga quien caiga Himself(1episode,1999)
Hollywood Greats Hollywood Greats Himself(1episode,2002)
Breakfast Breakfast Himself-Guest(1episode,2011)
Black Hawk Down  Black Hawk Down  Grimes
Charlie Rose Charlie Rose Himself-Guest(2episodes,2003-2012)
Comic Relief: The Record Breaker  Comic Relief: The Record Breaker  Himself
1997 MTV Movie Awards  1997 MTV Movie Awards  Himself
Young Adam  Young Adam  JoeTaylor
Screen One Screen One TomClayton(1episode,1994)
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Himself-Guest(3episodes,2004-2009)
R2-D2: Beneath the Dome  R2-D2: Beneath the Dome  Himself(uncredited)
+ de cinéma + de cinéma Himself(1episode,2001)
Revealed with Jules Asner Revealed with Jules Asner Himself-Guest(1episode,2002)
Down with Love  Down with Love  CatcherBlock
The 74th Annual Academy Awards  The 74th Annual Academy Awards  Christian(archivefootage)(uncredited)
HBO First Look HBO First Look Himself(5episodes,2001-2005)
Troldspejlet Troldspejlet Himself(1episode,2005)
Big Fish  Big Fish  EdBloom-Young
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself-Guest/...(4episodes,2013-2016)
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Himself(1episode,2005)
2002 MTV Movie Awards  2002 MTV Movie Awards  Himself
An Audience with Elton John  An Audience with Elton John  Himself(uncredited)
Solid Geometry  Solid Geometry  Phil
The Beginning: Making 'Episode I'  The Beginning: Making 'Episode I'  Himself
Robots  Robots  RodneyCopperbottom(voice)
Valiant  Valiant  Valiant(voice)
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards  The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards  Himself-Nominee:BestActorinaMotionPicture-MusicalorComedy
The Essence of Combat: Making 'Black Hawk Down'  The Essence of Combat: Making 'Black Hawk Down'  Himself
Faster  Faster  Narrator(voice)
Comme au cinéma Comme au cinéma Himself(1episode,2005)
Tinseltown TV Tinseltown TV Himself(1episode,2003)
American Pastoral  American Pastoral  SwedeLevov
American Pastoral  American Pastoral 
MTV Video Music Awards 1996  MTV Video Music Awards 1996  Himself-Presenter
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Himself-Guest(6episodes,2008-2015)
Famous Famous Himself(1episode,2007)
Días de cine Días de cine Himself-Interviewee(3episodes,2010-2011)
The Island  The Island  LincolnSixEcho/TomLincoln
HARDtalk Extra HARDtalk Extra Himself(1episode,2004)
Le grand journal de Canal+ Le grand journal de Canal+ Himself(3episodes,2010-2012)
Entertainers with Byron Allen Entertainers with Byron Allen Himself-Guest(1episode,2012)
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards  The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards  Himself-Co-Presenter:BestForeignLanguageFilm
The New Paul O'Grady Show The New Paul O'Grady Show Himself-Guest(1episode,2005)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Himself-Guest(4episodes,2008-2011)
Tribeca Film Festival Presents  Tribeca Film Festival Presents  Himself
The Hour The Hour Himself(1episode,2012)
Science of Star Wars Science of Star Wars (archivefootage)(3episodes,2005)
'Star Wars': Feel the Force  'Star Wars': Feel the Force  Himself
Corazón de... Corazón de... Himself(1episode,2006)
Lego Star Wars: The Video Game  Lego Star Wars: The Video Game  Obi-WanKenobi(archivesound)(uncredited)
L'hebdo cinéma L'hebdo cinéma Himself(1episode,2007)
Episode dated 14 March 2005 Episode dated 14 March 2005 Himself
Episode dated 23 May 1999 Episode dated 23 May 1999 Himself
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