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Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregorAKA Ewan Gordon McGregor

Born: 31-Mar-1971
Birthplace: Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: Scotland
Executive summary: Trainspotting

Ewan McGregor grew up in Scotland as the youngest child of an academic couple. His older brother was a good student, but the younger McGregor preferred performing to studying. McGregor dropped out of school at 16, and studied drama for a year at the Fife College of Further and Higher Education at Kirkcaldy. He worked as a stagehand for the Perth Repertory Theatre, and saved funds for a trip to London to audition at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He eventually made the trip, but was turned down on the grounds that, at 17, he was too young for admission. McGregor continued working backstage and on stage, and studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, before quitting to take the part of girl-crazy Pvt. Mick Hopper in the British mini-series Lipstick on Your Collar. He met his wife, production designer Eve Mavrakis, while appearing in an episode of the British legal drama Kavanagh QC.

In 1996, McGregor found his breakout role in Trainspotting, as a junkie trying to get off heroin and away from his old friends. This eventually led to his role as a young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the three Star Wars prequels. He later confessed that he found The Phantom Menace "disappointing", and acknowledged that he began to drink heavily when he became depressed during production of the film. He called the sequel Attack of the Clones "unsatisfactory", but was happier with his final Star Wars film, Revenge of the Sith.

Early in his career, McGregor shared a flat with Jude Law, and they later formed the production company Natural Nylon. Its first film was Nora, the story of James Joyce and his muse Nora Barnacle. His 2003 film Young Adam was barely released in America, due to its raw sex scenes between McGregor and co-star Tilda Swinton.

Father: James McGregor (teacher)
Mother: Carol Lawson (retired teacher, now McGregor's personal assistant)
Brother: Colin (RAF Tornados)
Wife: Eve Mavrakis (production designer, m. 22-Jul-1995, two daughters)
Daughter: Clara Mathilde
Daughter: Esther Rose (b. 7-Nov-2001)

    High School: Morrison Academy, Crieff, Scotland (dropped out)
    University: Fife College of Further and Higher Education at Kircaldy, Scotland (dropped out)
    University: Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London (dropped out)

    Laser Eye Surgery
    Risk Factors: Smoking, Alcoholism

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    A Million Ways to Die in the West (29-May-2014)
    August: Osage County (9-Sep-2013)
    Jack the Giant Slayer (27-Feb-2013)
    The Impossible (9-Sep-2012)
    Haywire (7-Nov-2011)
    Fastest (20-Sep-2011) · Narrator
    Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (10-Sep-2011) · Dr. Alfred Jones
    Perfect Sense (24-Jan-2011) · Michael
    Beginners (11-Sep-2010) · Oliver
    Jackboots on Whitehall (20-Jun-2010) · Chris [VOICE]
    Nanny McPhee Returns (24-Mar-2010) · Mr. Green
    The Ghost Writer (12-Feb-2010) · The Ghost
    Amelia (23-Oct-2009) · Gene Vidal
    The Men Who Stare at Goats (8-Sep-2009) · Bob Wilton
    Angels & Demons (7-May-2009)
    I Love You Phillip Morris (18-Jan-2009) · Phillip Morris
    Deception (24-Apr-2008)
    Incendiary (20-Jan-2008) · Jasper Black
    Cassandra's Dream (18-Jun-2007)
    Miss Potter (3-Dec-2006)
    Scenes of a Sexual Nature (3-Nov-2006)
    The Doctor, the Tornado and the Kentucky Kid (22-Jul-2006) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Stormbreaker (21-Jul-2006)
    Stay (24-Sep-2005)
    The Island (22-Jul-2005)
    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (18-May-2005)
    Valiant (20-Mar-2005) · Valiant [VOICE]
    Robots (10-Mar-2005) [VOICE]
    Big Fish (10-Dec-2003) · Ed Bloom
    Young Adam (16-May-2003) · Joe
    Faster (16-May-2003) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Down with Love (9-May-2003) · Catcher Block
    Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (16-May-2002)
    Black Hawk Down (18-Dec-2001) · Grimes
    Moulin Rouge! (9-May-2001) · Christian
    Welcome to Hollywood (27-Oct-2000) · Himself
    Nora (6-Apr-2000)
    Eye of the Beholder (28-Aug-1999) · Eye
    Rogue Trader (25-Jun-1999) · Nick Leeson
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (19-May-1999)
    Little Voice (18-Sep-1998) · Billy
    Velvet Goldmine (21-May-1998) · Curt Wild
    A Life Less Ordinary (24-Oct-1997) · Robert
    The Serpent's Kiss (14-May-1997)
    Nightwatch (Feb-1997) · Martin Bells
    Brassed Off (1-Nov-1996) · Andy
    Emma (2-Aug-1996) · Frank Churchill
    The Pillowbook (12-May-1996)
    Trainspotting (23-Feb-1996) · Renton
    Blue Juice (15-Sep-1995) · Dean Raymond
    Shallow Grave (16-May-1994)
    Being Human (6-May-1994)
    Lipstick on Your Collar (21-Feb-1993)



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