Ewan McGregor is a Scottish actor who has earned a worldwide fame for his various film roles including science-fiction epics, independent dramas, and musicals. He is famous for his roles in ‘Trainspotting’ and the ‘Star Wars’ prequel trilogy. Ewan has earned a large fan following around the world through his on-screen charisma and good looks . He also gathered some attention for playing challenging roles in non-commercial, inventive films like ‘Down With Love’ and ‘Moulin Rouge!’. Besides acting in films, he is also a theatre artist and has appeared in several theatrical productions, including ‘Little Malcolm and His Struggles against the Eunuchs,’ ‘Guys and Dolls,’ and ‘Othello’. He is a UNICEF ambassador and a enthusiast motorcyclist. He has taken part in a number of motorcycle marathons.
Ewan Gordon McGregor OBE was born 31 March 1971 in Perth, Scotland and raised in Crieff, Scotland. He is a son of Carol Diane (née Lawson) and James Charles Stewart “Jim” McGregor. He has an older brother, Colin, a former Tornado GR4 pilot in the Royal Air Force. McGregor went to the independent Morrison’s Academy in Crieff. He left school at the age of 16. Then, he worked as a stagehand at Perth Theatre and studied a foundation course in drama at Kirkcaldy College of Technology.
At the age of 18, he moved to London and joined the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study drama. In 1993, he did a major role as ‘Private Mick Hopper’ in a musical-comedy ‘Lipstick on Your Collar’. The same year, he featured in ‘Scarlet and Black’, the British television mini-series. In 1994, he starred in a thriller titled ‘Shallow Grave’ and earned a appreciation and an important award. In 1996, he got his first major breakthrough role to play a heroin addict in ‘Trainspotting’. ‘Trainspotting’ was a film adaptation of a novel of the same name. He starred ‘Duncan Stewart’ in an episode in the famous television series ‘ER’ in 1997 .
Career and Fame of Ewan McGregor
In 1998, he starred as the protagonist in ‘Little Voice’. Nest year, he featured as ‘Jedi Obi-Wan-Kenobi’ in the hit film ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’. He starred in the theatre production of ‘Little Malcolm and His Struggles against the Eunuchs’ from 1998 to 1999. In 2001, he featured as ‘Christian’ in ‘Moulin Rouge!’. Next year, he reprised his role as ‘Jedi Obi-Wan-Kenobi’ in ‘Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones’. In 2003, he starred in ‘Down with Love’ and also apperared in the fantasy film ‘Big Fish’ as ‘Edward Bloom’. He earned a lot of accolades for his role in the drama ‘Young Adam’. Once again he featured as ‘Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi’ in ‘Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith’ in 2005. Also, he lent his voice for two animated films, ‘Robots’ and ‘Valiant’. Additionally, he starred opposite Scarlett Johansson in ‘The Island’.
He starred in ‘Guys and Dolls’ at the ‘Piccadilly Theatre’ from 2005 to 2007. He starred in ‘Cassandra’s Dream’ in 2007. In 2009, he featured in ‘I Love You Philip Morris’, ‘Amelia’ and ‘Angels & Demons’ and worked on the production of ‘Othello’. Also, he reprised his role as ‘lago’ for ‘BBC Radio 3’. He appeared in ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ and ‘The Impossible’ In 2012. He starred in ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ and ‘August: Osage County’ in 2013. In 2015, McGregor featured in ‘Mortdecai’, ‘Last Days in the Desert’ and ‘Miles Ahead’. Next year,he played a noticeable roles in ‘Jane Got a Gun’ and ‘Our Kind of Traitor’. In 2018, McGregor starred in ‘Christopher Robin’. He also played ‘Cole’ in ‘Zoe’ same year. He played a role of ‘Danny Torrance’ in ‘Doctor Sleep’ in 2019. The following year, he played a role of ‘Black Mask’ in ‘Birds of Prey’.
Awards and Achievements
- In 1997, won the ‘BAFTA Scotland Award’ for ‘Best Actor’ for ‘Trainspotting’.
- During the 2013 New Year Honors, he was conferred the title of ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire’ for his contributions to charity and drama.
- He received the ‘BAFTA Britannia Humanitarian Award’ in 2016.
Ewan McGregor reportedly met his wife Eve Mavrakis on the set of crime drama, Kavanagh QC and tied a knot in 1995. Together, Ewan McGregor married Eve Mavrakis have four daughters: Clara Mathilde, Esther Rose, Jamyan, and Annouk. However, McGregor filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences on 19 January 2018.