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Ewan McGregor (born 31.3.1971) Ewan McGregor is a Scottish actor, perhaps best known for his role in Danny Boyle's film Trainspotting. In recent years, McGregor has also carved a career for himself making TV programmes about his motorbike travels with his friend Charley Boorman.

Childhood: Ewan McGregor was born in Perth, Scotland and raised nearby in Crieff. His mother, Carol is a teacher, as is his father, James. McGregor attended an independent private school, Morrison's Academy. Ewan's uncle is the actor Denis Lawson.

After school, Ewan McGregor studied drama at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Shortly before his graduation, he landed a role in a BBC series Lipstick On Your Collar, written by Dennis Potter.

Acting Career: In 1993, Ewan McGregor made his debut film appearance, in Bill Forsyth's Being Human.

The next year, McGregor appeared in an early Danny Boyle film, Shallow Grave. He won an Empire Award for his performance in the thriller, which also starred Christopher Ecclestone.

In 1996, Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor would collaborate again, on Trainspotting. Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, the film became a cult classic and alongside McGregor, were Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle and Kelly Macdonald. The same year, McGregor co-starred in Peter Greenaway's The Pillow Book, with Vivian Wu.

In 1998, McGregor starred in Todd Haynes' Velvet Goldmine, playing a character based loosely on David Bowie in his 'Ziggy Stardust' era.

McGregor's next major lead role came in 2001's Moulin Rouge! The musical was directed by Baz Luhrmann and starred Nicole Kidman. McGregor picked up a Golden Globe for his role in the film.

2003 saw the release of Down With Love, a romantic comedy in which McGregor starred opposite Renée Zellweger. The film received a mixed reception.

The release of Little Voice was considered a return to form for McGregor. The quintessentially British movie co-starred Jane Horrocks, Brenda Blethyn and Michael Caine.

In 2003, McGregor continued to impress film critics with his appearance in the Scottish film Young Adam. The film also featured Tilda Swinton and caused some controversy for showing McGregor's semi-erect penis.

Ewan McGregor was selected to play a young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. McGregor was careful to apply the same mannerisms and speech affectations that Alec Guinness had originally brought to the role in the original three Star Wars films. Amongst other actors cast in the new films were Natalie Portman, Liam Neeson and Jake Lloyd. Following the Star Wars role, McGregor was asked to play James Bond in 2006's Casino Royale but turned the role down for fear of typecasting. The role eventually went to Daniel Craig.

Ewan McGregor provided his voice for two animated films in 2005. The first was Robots, which also contained voices from Robin Williams and Halle Berry. The second was Valiant, which also featured the voices of Jim Broadbent, Ricky Gervais and John Cleese. That same year, McGregor starred alongside Scarlett Johansson in The Island, in which he played two characters, one of which was a clone of the other. This was followed by a role in Stay, which featured Ryan Gosling and Naomi Watts.

Ewan McGregor has performed in a number of theatre productions, including Guys and Dolls, Cassandra's Dream and David Halliwell's Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs.

The TV series Long Way Round and Long Way Down documented his travels with his friend Charley Boorman.

Personal Life: Ewan McGregor married Eve Mavrakis in France. Mavrakis is a French production designer and the pair originally met on the set of the TV series Kavanagh QC. McGregor and Mavrakis have two daughters, Clara Mathilde (b. 1996) and Esther Rose (b. 2001). They also adopted a four-year old girl from Mongolia, named Jamiyan, in 2006. McGregor is notoriously private about his family and will not discuss them in interviews.



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Beauty And The Beast Review

Excellent

This remake of Disney's 1991 classic is remarkably faithful, using present-day digital animation effects to give the story a photo-realistic sheen. The addition of more songs makes it feel much more like a big movie musical. And the use of real actors adds quite a lot of detail and subtext in the character interaction. But basically, this is still the same romantic fairy tale: lovely to look as it makes the audience swoon and sigh.

It's set in a French village, where Belle (Emma Watson) is looked at with suspicion by her neighbours for her empowered-female ways, reading books, expressing her opinions and running the farm where she lives with her single dad Maurice (Kevin Kline). It's no wonder that the vain soldier Gaston (Luke Evans) pursues her, since she's the only girl who isn't chasing him. Then one day Maurice and Belle have a fateful encounter with a castle hidden in a deep woods under a curse. Imprisoned by its beastly master (Dan Stevens), Belle befriends the staff, who have been transformed into household objects like a lampstand (Ewan McGregor), clock (Ian McKellen), teapot (Emma Thompson), harpsichord (Stanley Tucci) and feather duster (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). All of them conspire to help Belle fall in love with the Beast, which would break the spell.

Director Bill Condon (who made Dreamgirls and the final Twilight movies) makes the most of the live-action cast, allowing them to stir all kinds of undercurrents into their roles, which adds weight and interest to the rather predictable storyline. The film still looks largely animated thanks to an extensive use of digital backgrounds and characters, but the actors add an earthy tone that breaks the surface, bringing in some more textured emotions and sharper humour. The whole cast is excellent, with particular scene-stealing energy coming from Evans and Josh Gad (as his super-faithful sidekick LeFou), who are both funny and villainous at the same time. And Kline is also a standout for a surprisingly thoughtful performance.

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Ewan McGregor at a screening of the 'Beauty and the Beast' held in New York at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center - New York, United States - Tuesday 14th March 2017

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Ewan McGregor at a screening of the 'Beauty and the Beast' held in New York at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center - New York, United States - Tuesday 14th March 2017

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Ewan McGregor Undergoes A Hideous Transformation For 'Fargo' Season 3


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It's always entertaining to see Hollywood heartthrobs undergo ugly transformations to fulfill an acting role, and Ewan McGregor is just the latest to do so with his appearance in the forthcoming third series of FX Network's 'Fargo' according to a recent promo clip.

Ewan McGregorEwan McGregor is unrecognisable in 'Fargo'

Ewan's usual glorious hairstyle is replaced by a massively receding greasy bob and it's clear that he's put on a bunch of weight around the middle. He also has a mustache and a rough chin of stubble, as well as a dated 70s/80s ensemble in the footage (despite the fact that it's meant to be set in 2010).

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Beauty And The Beast Trailer


Take a closer look at the cast of 'Beauty and the Beast' in the final trailer for the forthcoming live-action Disney re-boot. Gaston loves himself more than Belle, Belle loves books more than boys, and Maurice loves his daughter more than anybody else. Meanwhile, the Beast hates everything and everyone equally, but that's about to change when Belle volunteers herself as his prisoner in exchange for her father's freedom. She has much pity for the Beast and wants to make the best out of a terrible situation, especially when he presents her with the library of her dreams. He's relying on her love to rescue him from the curse that binds him in his monstrous form, and to rescue his friends and servants from their furnitural guises. But together they have an important lesson to learn about love and companionship.

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Danny Boyle Feels "Great Shame" Over Fall-Out With Ewan McGregor


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As two of the big names behind Trainspotting come together again for T2, director Danny Boyle has revealed his "great shame" at the ten-year feud he and Ewan McGregor took part in after during the 90s and 00s.

Danny BoyleDirector Danny Boyle regrets his disagreement with actor, Ewan McGregor

Boyle also revealed he was very grateful to the 45-year-old actor for presenting him with a prestigious award after the two finally buried the hatchet.

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Ewan Mcgregor Worried He Was No Longer Scottish Enough To Make T2 Trainspotting


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Trainspotting is one of the most iconic films of the last 25 years, a 1996 release that launched a wave of British hits. And it made Ewan McGregor into a star. He had previously worked with director Danny Boyle on Shallow Grave, and they went on to make A Life Less Ordinary together. But their working relationship faltered when Boyle cast Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach, so McGregor tackled Hollywood instead with the Star Wars prequels and Moulin Rouge.

T2 TrainspottingEwan McGregor stars in 'T2 Trainspotting'

Now the two have mended their relationship and reunited for the 20-years-later sequel T2 Trainspotting, which also features original cast members Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner and Kelly Macdonald, plus a script by original writer John Hodge.

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T2 Trainspotting Review

Excellent

It's been 20 years since we last saw four freewheeling young junkies from Edinburgh spiral through a series of adventures that left their friendship in tatters. And now the entire cast is back, as are director Danny Boyle, writer John Hodge and novelist Irvine Welsh. Since the characters have aged into middle-aged men now, the film has a very different kind of energy to it, mixing the visceral imagery with a knowing sense of nostalgia. And once again, it has a lot to say about the state of the world.

It's been two decades since Renton (Ewan McGregor) betrayed his mates. He's living in Amsterdam when a health scare forces him to think about heading back to Scotland to face the music. Spud (Ewen Bremner) hasn't held a grudge for one very good reason, but he's still a junkie and has been alienated from his wife (Shirley Henderson) and son. Simon (Jonny Lee Miller), aka Sick Boy, is furious but soon gets over it as he realises that maybe Renton can help him and his hooker cohort Veronika (Anjela Nedyalkova) finally open a brothel. On the other hand, the hotheaded Begbie (Robert Carlyle) won't be quite so forgiving. He has just escaped from prison, and his first thought is how to get even with Renton.

Hodge's script digs into the idea that these men have seen their hopes and dreams fade away, even though there's still a glimmer of desire left. And Boyle directs the film with the same spark of energy, spiralling through colourful cutaways, hilarious sight gags, wacky antics and pulsing music. It's an intriguingly grown-up variation on the first movie, and it still engulfs the audience with its sights, sounds and emotions. These are men who believe that their wasted youth has led them into an equally wasted adulthood. And there isn't much time left to make something of themselves.

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Ewen Bremner: 'Trainspotting Characters Are No Longer Invincible'


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With just days to go before the highly-anticipated sequel to ‘90s movie classic Trainspotting, one of the film’s stars, Ewen Bremner, has spoken about what audiences can expect from the classic cast of characters now that they’ve aged twenty years in T2.

Set in Edinburgh two decades on from the events of Danny Boyle’s hit film of 1996, Bremner’s character Spud is surprised when his friend Renton returns from out of nowhere. However, they certainly don’t pick up where they left off with their drug habits.

Ewen BremnerEwen Bremner at the UK premiere of 'T2'

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Trainspotting T2 cast members (Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlye & Danny Boyle) arrive at BBC Radio 2 - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 25th January 2017

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Ewan McGregor Has Strong Views On Piers Morgan And His Women's March Remarks


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Ewan McGregor pulled out of his scheduled appearance ITV's 'Good Morning Britain' on Tuesday, after realising it was hosted by Piers Morgan.

The actor disagreed with comments Morgan had made about Saturday's Women's Marches across the globe and decided not to go ahead with his appearance on the show minutes before he was due to be interviewed.

Ewan McGregor earlier this week at the premiere of T2Ewan McGregor pulled out of his 'Good Morning Britain' interview this morning

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Ewan McGregor outside Global House, the actor is promoting his new movie T2 Trainspotting - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 24th January 2017

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Ewan McGregor, Kelly Macdonald and Ewen Bremner at the world premiere of 'T2 Trainspotting' held at Cineworld Fountain Park in Edinburgh, Scotland - Sunday 22nd January 2017

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Ewan McGregor Worried He "Wasn't Scottish Enough" Anymore For 'T2'


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Ewan McGregor has admitted he was worried about making the Trainspotting sequel because he feared he “wasn’t Scottish enough anymore”.

McGregor stars in T2: Trainspotting as Renton, with Johnny Lee Miller reprising his role as Sick Boy and Robert Carlyle as Franco. The sequel also sees the return of director Danny Boyle.

Ewan McGregorEwan McGregor worried he “wasn’t Scottish enough anymore” to play Renton

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Ewan McGregor Talks About His Character Renton From 'T2: Trainspotting'


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Ahead of the release of the incredibly long-awaited sequel to Trainspotting, titled T2, in January, Ewan McGregor has spoken about reprising his character of Mark ‘Rent Boy’ Renton.

The 45 year old actor stars alongside the same cast from the legendary 1996 original, with Ewen Bremner playing Spud, Jonny Lee Miller playing Sick Boy and Robert Carlyle as the menacing Begbie.

T2 is based loosely upon Irvine Welsh’s novel ‘Porno’, itself the follow-up to the original novel that provided the source material for Trainspotting. Picking up the thread over two decades later, after Renton had made off with cash the foursome had earned at the end of the first film, the actor explained what his character was doing now.

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Ewan McGregor

Date of birth

31st March, 1971

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

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Ewan McGregor Movies

Beauty And The Beast Movie Review

Beauty And The Beast Movie Review

This remake of Disney's 1991 classic is remarkably faithful, using present-day digital animation effects to...

Beauty And The Beast Trailer

Beauty And The Beast Trailer

Take a closer look at the cast of 'Beauty and the Beast' in the final...

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

It's been 20 years since we last saw four freewheeling young junkies from Edinburgh spiral...

T2 Trainspotting - Renton Featurette Trailer

T2 Trainspotting - Renton Featurette Trailer

Ewan McGregor explains his 'Trainspotting' character Mark 'Rent Boy' Renton's circumstances as we segue into...

Beauty and the Beast Trailer

Beauty and the Beast Trailer

To outsiders, the castle which sits on the outskirts of a small town is just...

T2 Trainspotting Trailer

T2 Trainspotting Trailer

Set 20 years after the original movie, we see our favourite once drug-addled Scotsman reunited....

American Pastoral Trailer

American Pastoral Trailer

American Pastoral is based on Philip Roth's 1998 Pulitzer Prize winning novel which follows the...

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Beauty And The Beast - Teaser Trailer

Beauty And The Beast - Teaser Trailer

Disney have released the new teaser trailer for the remake of the much-loved animated film...

Our Kind of Traitor Movie Review

Our Kind of Traitor Movie Review

John le Carre's novel is adapted with plenty of inventive style into a remarkably personal...

Last Days In The Desert Trailer

Last Days In The Desert Trailer

Ewan McGregor is cast as both Jesus and the devil in this imagined chapter which...

Jane Got a Gun Movie Review

Jane Got a Gun Movie Review

With its grindingly low-key tension and unusual perspectives, this Western has a chance to revamp...

Our Kind Of Traitor Trailer

Our Kind Of Traitor Trailer

Professor (Perry) Makepiece and his partner Gail are enjoying an evening on in the bar...

Miles Ahead Trailer

Miles Ahead Trailer

Miles Davis' music made him a household name, loved by millions around the world, yet...

Jane Got A Gun Trailer

Jane Got A Gun Trailer

Jane Hammond has always been an independent woman, but living in the developing West is...

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