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Name: Ewan McGregor

Real name: Ewan Gordon McGregor

Birth date: 31 of March 1971 (48 y.o.)

Place of birth: Perth, Perthshire, Scotland

Height: 177 cm Weight: 74 kg

Birth Sign: Aries

Chinese zodiac: Pig

Occupation: actor

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Ewan McGregor’s Biography

Ewan McGregor is a renowned Scottish actor, director, activist and an avid traveler. He is most known for portraying Mark Renton in a cult British black comedy «Trainspotting» and Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi in three installments of the «Star Wars» franchise.
A Scottish actor Ewan Gordon McGregorA Scottish actor Ewan Gordon McGregor

Ewan McGregor’s childhood. Education

Ewan McGregor was raised in a family of teachers in a small town of Crieff in Great Britain. His father, James Charles Stewart McGregor was a physical education teacher and his mother, Carol Diane Lawson, taught children with disabilities in a specialized school. Ewan takes his surname from an old Scottish clan of McGregors.
Ewan McGregor as a childEwan McGregor as a child
The future actor attended a Sunday school, where he got a chance to participate in an amateur staging of a biblical-themed play. Later Ewan stated that it had been his dream to become an actor since he was 9 years old. His uncle, Denis Lawson, who was an actor himself, as well as old black-and-white pictures from the 30’s, served as Ewan’s main inspiration to pursue the career.
Ewan McGregor used to play French horn when he was youngerEwan McGregor used to play French horn when he was younger
The young boy loved to be on stage and was very fond of all the attention he was getting: he played French horn and drums in a music band. However, he hated school and believed it to be excruciatingly boring – and although he graduated, he never learned to write error-free.

He worked as a stagehand at Perth Theatre and studied a foundation course in drama in 1988, before moving to London the following year. Ewan dreamt of attending the Royal Academy of Arts, but failed to pass the entrance exams and had to settle for a far less prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

The beginning of Ewan McGregor’s acting career

In 1987 he moved to Perth in order to hone his acting skills at the local Perth Repertory Theatre, but due to lack of the much-needed acting experience, he didn’t get the desired job. Despite his initial misfortune, Ewan was more than happy to appear as an extra in the production of «A Passage to India». It’s safe to say that his acting debut was more than modest. He later worked at the theater as a stagehand for about half a year before moving to London.
Young Ewan McGregorYoung Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor’s acting career began in 1993, when he portrayed Mick Hopper in a British television serial «Lipstick on Your Collar». He later went on to make his debut in a feature-length film, appearing in a comedy-drama «Being Human».
Ewan McGregor’s first television appearance in «Lipstick on Your Collar»Ewan McGregor’s first television appearance in «Lipstick on Your Collar»
He later was cast to portray an attractive and vain young man Julien Sorel, in a four-part television drama series «Scarlet and Black», based on the novel «The Red and the Black» by French writer Stendhal.

Ewan McGregor at his prime. «Trainspotting» and other collaborations with Danny Boyle

Ewan’s introduction to a well-known director Danny Boyle became a turning point in his career. He subsequently appeared in four of his films: a black comedy crime film «Shallow Grave» and a black comedy «A Life Less Ordinary», a black comedy film, which was proclaimed an instant cult classic «Trainspotting», based on the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh, and its sequel, which came out in 2017.
Ewan McGregor with Danny BoyleEwan McGregor with Danny Boyle
In 1994, after appearing in «Shallow Grave» Ewan was proclaimed as one of the Britain’s most promising young actors and received a «Empire Award» for his outstanding performance.
A snapshot from «Shallow Grave»A snapshot from «Shallow Grave»
The next year he delivered yet another great performance by portraying a drug dealer Dean in «Blue Juice» alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Pertwee.

However, Ewan's international breakthrough followed in 1996, after he was cast as a lead in Boyle’s «Trainspotting». He portrayed the most ordinary heroin junkie, trying to battle his addiction and get out of the vicious downward spiral, who often jokes around and self-reflects along the way. His marvelous performance got him a BAFTA Award for Best Actor.
Mark Renton in «Trainspotting» has to be one of the most renowned Ewan’s projectsMark Renton in «Trainspotting» has to be one of the most renowned Ewan’s projects
Ewan’s appearance in three installments of the «Star Wars» franchise truly turned the pace of his career around. The trilogy was a box office success and received a phenomenal recognition among the first-time viewers and fans alike. McGregor’s performance was highly praised and his role in one part only yielded him $13 million.
Ewan McGregor appeared in three «Star Wats’ installmentsEwan McGregor appeared in three «Star Wats’ installments
In May 2001 Baz Luhrmann’s jukebox musical romantic comedy film «Moulin Rouge!» premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Ewan portrayed a poor aspiring writer Christian, who hopelessly falls in love with the terminally-ill cabaret dancer and a courtesan Satine, portrayed by Nicole Kidman. The film impeccable and an instant hit – it received more than 60 various awards, including two Oscars and millions of women were charmed by a handsome young Scottish actor.
«Moulin Rouge!»: Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman
Ewan received his second BAFTA Award for Best Actor two years later for his role of Joe Taylor in a drama, directed by David Mackenzie, «Young Adam».

He went on to appear in Woody Allen’s dramatic thriller «Cassandra’s Dream» (2007), a mystery horror thriller, «Angels & Demons» (2009), based on Dan Brown's novel of the same title, and a in an amazing political thriller, «The Ghost» (2009) directed by Roman Polanski.
In «Angels & Demons» Ewan McGregor portrayed a CamerlengoIn «Angels & Demons» Ewan McGregor portrayed a Camerlengo
His appearance in a science fiction drama «Perfect Sense» (2011) was highly appraised by viewers and critics alike, as well as his performance in action thriller film «Haywire» (2012). He was also truly spectacular in a disaster drama film «The Impossible» (2012).
Ewan McGregor in «Son of a Gun» (2013)Ewan McGregor in «Son of a Gun» (2013)
Ewan McGregor’s talent and worldwide recognition allowed him to become a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

He is a tremendously skilled actor and therefore always in demand. From the very beginning of his career, Ewan chose not to star in television series, but he couldn’t reject the proposal to appear in a black comedy–crime drama anthology television series «Fargo» (2017). He was cast to play the twins, Emmit and Raymond Stussy, in the third season. It is quite prestigious to appear in such a project, even though it is on television, because such celebrated actors as Morgan Freeman, Kirsten Dunst and Billy Bob Thornton starred in «Fargo» previously.
In the third season of «Fargo» Ewan played twinsIn the third season of «Fargo» Ewan played twins
Ewan McGregor has also tried his hand at directing. His debut work, a crime-drama film «American Pastoral» premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. He did not only direct, but also had a leading role, alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning.
Trailer of Ewan’s directorial debut «American Pastoral»
In 2017 all McGregor’s fans were shook as Danny Boyle unexpectedly decided to put out a sequel to «Trainspotting» – «T2 Trainspotting», keeping all the original characters, played by Ewan McGregor himself, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle.
Ewan McGregor on the set of «T2 Trainspotting»Ewan McGregor on the set of «T2 Trainspotting»

Ewan McGregor’s personal life

Ewan met his future wife, a French production designer, Eve Mavrakis, in 1994, while filming a television series, called «Kavanagh QC». The couple married a year later. Ewan and Eve have three daughters together: Clara Mathilde (b. 1996), Esther Rose (b. 2001) and Anouk (b. 2011). In 2006 they’ve adopted a 4-year old Jamian from Mongolia.
Young Ewan McGregor and Eve MavrakisYoung Ewan McGregor and Eve Mavrakis
The family lived in London for a bit, before moving to Los Angeles. However, according to Ewan, they try to visit the actor’s native Scotland at least once a year.
Ewan McGregor with wifeEwan McGregor with wife
They lived happily for many years and there were no reasons to think otherwise, but there were some problems in the McGregor’s household. In the fall of 2017 he was caught by the paparazzi leaving a restaurant with his «Fargo» co-star, young Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The fans were outraged – could he be cheating!? But soon it was announced that by the time the affair started, Ewan and Eve had been estranged for quite some time, but wouldn’t file for divorce. He did it in 2018, however, citing irreconcilable differences.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ewan McGregor on the set of «Fargo»Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ewan McGregor on the set of «Fargo»
«Disappointed and sad» – is the only statement, that 51-year old Eve provided. She claimed that she would try to get sole custody of their four children, Ewan, in turn, wants the kids to stay with him.

Ewan has been writing some novels and poems since he was a child and some of his works were even used in «Moulin Rouge!».

According to McGregor himself, he can’t imagine his life without the outdoors. In 2004 together with his best friend Charley Boorman and a cameraman he undertook a marathon international motorbike trip. They left London on April 14th, 2004 and finished their trip in New York on the 29th of July. They cumulatively traveled the distance of 35 000 kilometers. They visited central Europe, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Canada, Alaska and the US, with a 6-day Russia trip being the most memorable and difficult one. The documentary «Long Way Round» is based on Ewan’s experience.
«Long Way Round»: Ewan McGregor
In 2007 the actor decided to repeat his trip, but this time he, together with his crew, started from John o' Groats in Scotland and finished at the Cape of Good Hope in Cape Town (South Africa).

McGregor is involved in charity work and is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (from 2004). He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2012 and has an Honorary degree from the University of Ulster (Ireland).
Ewan McGregor does a lot of charity work during his motorcycle travelsEwan McGregor does a lot of charity work during his motorcycle travels
In April 2012 he travelled with UNICEF immunization workers to parts of Nepal, India and the Republic of Congo for a documentary, called «Ewan McGregor: Cold Chain Mission».

Ewan McGregor today

Ewan McGregor is set to star in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel «Doctor Sleep» – a sequel to one of the writer’s most renowned works – «The Shining», the adaptation of which, in turn, was directed by Stanley Kubrick. He will portray an all grown up Danny Torrance, who managed to escape the cursed Stanley Hotel as a child. Rebecca Ferguson will also appear in the film, which is scheduled to release in 2020.
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