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Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor was born in Scotland and started acting with the Perth Repertory Theatre. He was still a student at London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama when he won a leading role in Dennis Potter's BBC series Lipstick on Your Collar. He has worked steadily ever since.

McGregor played the lead role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas' three prequels to his initial Star Wars trilogy. He made his feature debut in Bill Forsyth's Being Human and the next year won widespread acclaim for Shallow Grave, his first collaboration with director Danny Boyle. In 1996, he starred in Boyle's critically hailed Trainspotting as junkie Mark Renton.

Early film credits include Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow, Brassed Off and Little Voice (both for director Mark Herman), Philippe Rousselot's The Serpent's Kiss, Danny Boyle's A Life Less Ordinary and Todd Haynes' Velvet Goldmine.

In 2001, McGregor starred opposite Nicole Kidman in Baz Luhrmann's musical Moulin Rouge! and co-starred in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down.

Among his other starring film credits are Deception, opposite Michelle Williams, and Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream, with Colin Farrell. McGregor starred in Miss Potter and Down with Love, both opposite Renee Zellweger; Young Adam, alongside Tilda Swinton; Tim Burton's Big Fish, with Albert Finney; and the animated comedy Robots. He also starred in Michael Bay's The Island, opposite Scarlet Johansson, and in Marc Forster's Stay, with Naomi Watts.

McGregor will soon be seen in the thriller Incendiary, which reunites him with co-star Michelle Williams. He most recently starred in I Love You, Phillip Morris, opposite Jim Carrey, and Amelia, starring Hillary Swank.

On American television, McGregor guest-starred on E.R. and received an Emmy nomination for his performance.

The young actor debuted on the West End stage as Sky Masterson in the Donmar Theatre's multi-award-winning production of Guys and Dolls. He revisited the stage in 2008 when he starred in the critically acclaimed West End production of Othello.

His documentary series Long Way Down, which chronicled his motorbike trip from Northern Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa, premiered in August 2008 on Fox Reality Channel.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.
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Ewan McGregor Facts

Birth NameEwan Gordon McGregor
BirthdayMarch 31, 1971 (52)
BirthplaceCrieff, Scotland, United Kingdom
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Ewan McGregor compared to you?
Awards2002 MTV Movie Awards: Best Musical Sequence (for Moulin Rouge)

Selected Filmography

Son of a Gun
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
Beauty and the Beast
Star Wars Trilogy Episodes I-III
STAR WARS The Complete Saga Episodes 1
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