Jan. 23rd, 1972
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Ewen Bremner's Main TV Roles
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Bremner was born in Edinburgh, the son of two art teachers. He attended Davidson's Mains Primary School and Portobello High School. He originally wanted to be a circus clown, but was offered a chance in show business by television director Richard D. Brooks. One of his first notable roles was as a Glasgow schoolboy in Charles Gormley's Heavenly Pursuits (1985). He would also play the lead in the BBC Scotland feature-length adaptation of the William McIlvanney short story "Dreaming" (1990).
Bremner portrayed Spud in Danny Boyle's film adaptation of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, and Mullet, a street thug in Guy Ritchie's Snatch. In the 1995 stage version of Trainspotting, Bremner played the lead role of Mark Renton, the role played by Ewan McGregor in the film.
He has played supporting roles in blockbusters such as Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down, in which he appeared alongside Trainspotting costar Ewan McGregor (which he has again since, in Perfect Sense and Jack the Giant Slayer). In 2005, he had a small role in the mini-series Elizabeth I as James VI, King of Scots. In December 2006, he played Harold Stritzke in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries The Lost Room. In 2007, he played Robert Louis Stevenson in the BBC Four documentary Ian Rankin Investigates Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
- Frequently plays characters who are physically assaulted in some way. His hand was cut in _Trainspotting (1996)_ (qv), he was dragged by his head in a moving car in _Snatch. (2000)_ (qv), he became deafened by gunfire from a light machine gun in _Black Hawk Down (2001)_ (qv), and he was viciously beaten numerous times in _Around the World in 80 Days (2004)_ (qv).
- Denmark connection: he has acted in "Prince of Jutland" and "Skagerrak" directed and produced by Danes, he has had a minor role in "Langt fra Las Vegas" the most successful sitcom in Denmark, and even starred in "Julien Donkey-Boy" which was made by the Danish concept "Dogma 95". Besides that he has appeared alongside several Danish actors in films as Alien vs. Predator, Black Hawk Down, Skagerrak and Prince of Jutland!.
- After working with 'Harmony Korine' (qv) on _Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)_ (qv), Ewen returned home and named his new-born daughter "Harmony".