Mar. 31st, 1971
Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, UK
Ewan McGregor's Main TV Roles
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Ewan Gordon McGregor was born 31 March 1971 in Crieff, Scotland. At 16, he left Crieff and Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents encouraged him to leave school and pursue his acting goals rather than be unhappy. McGregor studied drama for a year at Kirkcaldly in Fife, then enrolled at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama for a three-year course. He studied alongside Daniel Craig (I) and Alistair McGowan among others, and left right before graduating after snagging the role of Private Mick Hopper in Dennis Potter (I)'s 1993 six-part Channel 4 series "Lipstick on Your Collar" (1993). His first notable role was that of Alex Law in Shallow Grave (1994), directed by Danny Boyle, written by John Hodge (I) and produced by Andrew MacDonald (I). This was followed by The Pillow Book (1996) and Trainspotting (1996), the latter of which brought him to the public's attention. He is now one of the most critically acclaimed actors of his generation, and portrays Obi-wan Kenobi in the first three Star Wars episodes. McGregor is married to French production designer Eve Mavrakis, whom he met while working on the TV show "Kavanagh QC" (1995). They married in France in the summer of 1995 and have two daughters, Clara Mathilde and Esther Rose. McGregor has formed a production company with friends Jonny Lee Miller, Sean Pertwee, Jude Law and Sadie Frost. Called Natural Nylon, they hope it will make innovative films that do not conform to Hollywood standards.
- Although his motorcycles of choice include an MV Agusta F4S and a KTM Duke, McGregor and pal 'Charley Boorman' (qv) each rode a BMW 1150GS Adventure for their marathon trip around the world in _"Long Way Round"_ (2004) (mini).
- He says that he was inspired to get into show business by his uncle, actor 'Denis Lawson' (qv). Lawson played Wedge Antilles in Episodes 4-6 of Star Wars.
- According to Stunt Coordinator 'Nick Gillard' (qv), 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.
- Slated to start filming 'Nautic' in Jamaica with 'Heath Ledger' (qv) in a couple of months. However 'Ted Demme' (qv), who was picked to direct the film died suddenly at the age of 38 from a heart attack while playing basketball.
- Both he and 'Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) have worked for director 'Ridley Scott' (qv) between Star Wars films. Ford made _Blade Runner (1982)_ (qv) after _Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)_ (qv), but before _Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv). McGregor made _Black Hawk Down (2001)_ (qv) shortly after filming _Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)_ (qv), and thus before _Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)_ (qv).
- 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)_ (qv), an interviewer reminded him of his "aversion" to major films, and he replied "I know what I said, but, hey! This is Star Wars!"
- Born on the same exact day as 'Isobel Thomas' (qv), the "assistant to producer" on _Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)_ (qv), in which Ewan starred.
- In the film _Moulin Rouge! (2001)_ (qv) McGregor sang alongside 'Nicole Kidman' (qv).