Ewan Gordon McGregor (born 31 March 1971) is a Scottish actor who had success in mainstream, indie and art house films. He is perhaps best known for his role as Mark Renton in the 1996 film Trainspotting, his portrayal of the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and his role as the romantic penniless writer Christian in the 2001 film Moulin Rouge!
In 2009, he appeared in the films I Love You Phillip Morris and Amelia, and portrayed the Camerlengo Patrick McKenna in the film adaption of Angels & Demons. Aside from his film work, McGregor has starred in theatre productions of Guys and Dolls. He also appeared in television series such as The Scarlet and the Black, Lipstick On Your Collar, Tales from the Crypt, and ER. He was ranked No. 36 in Empire magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list
Former roommate of Jude Law. They are still close friends.
Ranked #36 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list (October 1997).
Nephew of Denis Lawson.
Father of Clara Mathilde (born in February 1996) and Esther Rose (born on 7 November 2001).
Born at 3:45pm-CET
He met his wife while filming for “Kavanagh QC” (1995).
Was originally up for the lead role in The Beach (2000/I), which would have reunited him with director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge who collaborated with McGregor on Shallow Grave (1994), Trainspotting (1996) and A Life Less Ordinary (1997). The role went to Leonardo DiCaprio. While McGregor blames studio influence for the casting decision he has not spoken to either Boyle nor Hodge since.
Originally auditioned for the role of Mercutio in the 1996 film Romeo + Juliet (1996). He later got his chance to work with “Romeo” director Baz Luhrmann when he was cast as Christian in Moulin Rouge! (2001).
In the film Moulin Rouge! (2001) McGregor sang alongside Nicole Kidman.
Was presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster at a graduation ceremony in Belfast, Northern Ireland (5 July 2001).
His first name is pronounced “you-an”.
He says that he was inspired to get into show business by his uncle, actor Denis Lawson. Lawson played Wedge Antilles in Episodes 4-6 of Star Wars.
Resides in North London with his family.
Slated to start filming ‘Nautic’ in Jamaica with Heath Ledger in a couple of months. However Ted Demme, who was picked to direct the film died suddenly at the age of 38 from a heart attack while playing basketball.
Early career dedicated almost exclusively to indie, low-budget, and non-feature films. When cast as Obi-wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), an interviewer reminded him of his “aversion” to major films, and he replied “I know what I said, but, hey! This is Star Wars!”
Ranked #8 in the 2001 Orange Film Survey of greatest British actors.
Born on the same exact day as Isobel Thomas, the “assistant to producer” on Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), in which Ewan starred.
Born to James Charles Stuart McGregor, a physical education teacher, and his wife Carol McGregor, née Lawson, a teacher and school administrator, he grew up in Crieff, Scotland.
Studied Alec Guinness’ films in preparation for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and to ensure accuracy in everything from his accent to the pacing of his words.
Has a nephew (born in 1999).
Studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for three years, graduating in 1992.
Received the Film Actor Award for Moulin Rouge! (2001) at The Variety Club Showbusiness Awards 2002.
Was a student in the year-long theatre arts program at Kirkcaldy College of Technology in the fall of 1988.
In 1987, after leaving school at age 16, he worked as a stagehand at Perth Repertory Theatre and had small roles in their productions.
Good friends with Texas lead singer Sharleen Spiteri.
His brother Colin is part of the RAF’s Tornado display team who are based at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.
He and his uncle, Denis Lawson, have worked with two of the same directors. Both have been in Star Wars films, directed by George Lucas. His first film, Being Human (1993), was directed by Bill Forsyth, who also directed Lawson in Local Hero (1983).
Both he and Harrison Ford have worked for director Ridley Scott between Star Wars films. Ford made Blade Runner (1982) after Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), but before Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). McGregor made Black Hawk Down (2001) shortly after filming Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), and thus before Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).
Embarked on a motorcycle trip around the World along with his friend and fellow actor Charley Boorman (2004).
Was voted #9 in the Greatest Movie Stars Of All Time (Channel 4).
Completed a trip from London to New York ‘The Long Way Round’ by riding a motorbike east, via Europe, Mongolia, Russia, Alaska and Canada to Manhattan over 115 days in 2004.
Was the original choice for the role of Jim in 28 Days Later… (2002), directed by Danny Boyle who has worked with Ewan three times previously (see above).
Ewan and his wife Eve have the same initials, even with her maiden name.
When filming in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), he kept imitating the noise of the light saber during his fights. George Lucas explained many times that this would be added in by the special effects people later on. Ewan said “I keep getting carried away.”.
Is a good friend of Naveen Andrews, star of the show “Lost” (2004), from drama school.
While he usually takes his family along with him during his movie shoots, he left them at home during the shoot of Young Adam (2003).
Was the best man at Dougray Scott’s wedding in 2000.
His Star Wars character, Obi-Wan Kenobi, goes by the call sign Red Leader in Revenge of the Sith. Wedge Antilles, who was played by his uncle, Denis Lawson, has the same call sign in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983).
Is very particular about his children being photographed or seen on television. He strongly believes that just because he is famous, that should not give anyone the right to invade their privacy.
According to Stunt Coordinator Nick Gillard, he picked up the light saber sword fighting style very quickly. In an interview on the DVD to The Phantom Menace, Gillard commented that Ewan was probably faster than anyone else who was working on the film, including the stunt department.
Is a casual supporter of St Johnstone Football Club.
Refused to have his wife and kids visit him on the set of _Black Hawk Down (2001)_, because he felt the content was too violent and too bloody for them to see.
Has been involved in a campaign against the closure of the maternity wing of Perth Royal Infirmary, the hospital ward where he was born.
Distant cousin of The Sound of Music (1965) actress Heather Menzies.
Cousin of Lou Gish and Kay Curram.
Ewan, a UNICEF ambassador, adopted a 4-year-old girl from Mongolia, named Jamyan, whom he met while traveling around the world in 2004. (April 2006).
Is short sighted.
Before his trip around the world with Charley Boorman, he had a laser eye operation to improve his eyesight, so he didn’t have to wear glasses or contact lenses.
His best friend is actor Charley Boorman, whom he traveled around the world with on motorbikes (“Long Way Round” (2004) trip). They met on the set of the 1997 movie The Serpent’s Kiss (1997).
Considered for the role of Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).
His uncle Denis Lawson was considered for the role of “Captain Antilles” in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).
September 2001: Attended the Royal Premiere of Moulin Rouge! (2001) alongside Kylie Minogue, Prince Charles and Nicole Kidman.
Was considered to play James Bond in Casino Royale (2006).
Although his motorcycles of choice include an MV Agusta F4S and a KTM Duke, McGregor and pal Charley Boorman each rode a BMW 1150GS Adventure for their marathon trip around the world in _”Long Way Round”_ (2004) (mini).
He actually dropped out of school because his mother wanted him to.
Befriended Colin Farrell during the shooting of Cassandra’s Dream (2007).
Good friends with Black Hawk Down (2001) co-star Hugh Dancy.
Had two moles, one just below his right eye and one on his forehead, removed after doctors advised him to do so, because the one near his eye was cancerous. 
Older brother Colin is a pilot in the Royal Air Force.