Ewan Gordon McGregor (born March 31, 1971) is a Scottish actor who has had significant success in mainstream, indie and art house films. He is most famous for his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel trilogy of Star Wars. He is ranked #36 in Empire magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list.
McGregor was born in Crieff, Scotland, and attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1988 to study drama. Six months before graduating, he won a leading role in Dennis Potter’s six-part BBC series Lipstick on Your Collar, and has been working steadily ever since. He made his feature film debut in 1993 in Bill Forsyth’s Being Human. The following year, he earned widespread praise and won an Empire Award for his performance in the thriller Shallow Grave, which marked his first collaboration with director Danny Boyle. His major international breakthrough soon followed with the role of heroin addict Mark Renton in Boyle’s film version of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting (1996).
A Bit of Controversy:
Ewan has in the past been outspoken against other celebrities, notably fellow Scottish actor Sean Connery about whom he is alleged to have said that he resented being told how to feel about Scotland by someone who hadn’t lived there in 25 years, and Minnie Driver whom he described as having “gone mad”.
On July 22, 1995, in a village in France, McGregor married Eve Mavrakis, a French production designer, whom he met while filming a guest appearance on the British television series Kavanagh QC. They have two daughters together, Clara Mathilde (b. February 1996) and Esther Rose (b. November 2001). In April 2006 McGregor and his wife adopted Jamyan, a 4-year-old girl from Mongolia.
They currently reside in North London.
His parents are Jim McGregor and Carole McGregor, neé Lawson. Carole is the sister of actor Denis Lawson, sister-in-law of the late actress Sheila Gish, and aunt of Lou Gish. His brother, Colin, is a Tornado GR4 pilot in the Royal Air Force.
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