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.
The actor had doubts over appearing in T2 Trainspotting
While everyone else is ecstatic about the upcoming trainspotting sequel, it seems one of the main character’s was not as keen to join the film’s ragtag bunch again. Ewan McGregor, who plays Mark Renton, revealed that he didn’t like Irvine Welch’s follow-up novel.
Ewan McGregor wasn't too sure about appearing in the Trainspotting sequel
It seems the actor even wrote to director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew McDonald and writer John Hodge to rule out ever reviving the role.
To outsiders, the castle which sits on the outskirts of a small town is just another run down building soon to be turned into ruins but the secrets the beautiful building hold are some laced in magic.
The royal prince who lives in the castle hasn't been seen for years and no one but a witch knows the truth of what happened to him. When Prince Adam was young, he was confronted by a witch seeking shelter from the weather in return for a beautiful rose. The young prince had little time for beggars and dismissed the old woman without much of a thought. As punishment for his cruel arrogance and having seen the lack of love in his heart, the witch curses the prince and his castle.
Having been turned into an unsightly beast with horns and fur much like a goat, he now spends his life in a castle along with his bewitched staff - for they suffer the same curse as their master and have been turned into household objects. The witch didn't want to just punish the thoughtless Prince, she did give him a little hope - she left him with the rose he originally turned down; if he could find true love by the time the last petal fell from the rose on his 21st birthday, he and his castle would be free from the curse.
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Mark Renton urges 'choose life' with Danny Boyle sequel.
The iconic Scottish black comedy saga continues with the sequel to the gritty, Oscar nominated 1996 film 'Trainspotting'. 'T2: Trainspotting' is set a decade after the first film and reunites the whole cast along with director Danny Boyle ('Steve Jobs', 'Slumdog Millionaire') and original screenwriter John Hodge ('Trance', 'The Beach').
Ewan McGregor returns in 'T2: Trainspotting'
Released 20 years after the first movie which explored the hard drug scene of Edinburgh, 'T2: Trainspotting' is loosely based on the 2002 novel 'Porno' by Irvine Welsh - the sequel to his 1993 book 'Trainspotting' which explores the characters lives with porn as the main theme instead of heroin. Each of the characters in the original movie cross paths once again with all the original stars, including Irvine Welsh himself who returns in the cameo role of Mikey Forrester.
Set 20 years after the original movie, we see our favourite once drug-addled Scotsman reunited. After Renton pledged to make his life better and stop taking heroin, he ran off with the takings of the groups drug-deal and had not been seen by any of the group since. Troublemaker Begbie is still on the wrong side of the law and finds his temper taking control and constantly getting him into trouble, once he's released from jail, causing mayhem comes as standard for the moustachioed brute.
Spud has changed the least but he's still the most genuine member of the group. Sickboy finds himself running a pub a failing pub which he tries to modernise. In a bid to make money, Sickboy finds himself becoming entwined with various shady characters looking to make money by legal and illegal means.
While most of the group have found themselves cutting their intake of heroin, that doesn't mean that they're on the straight and narrow. Each one is still battling various demons from their past and make a living example of the old adage 'old habits die hard'.
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Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut with American Pastoral
Making a film adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1997 novel American Pastoral, often named one of the best books of the 20th century, would be daunting to any director. So it was a surprise that actor Ewan McGregor opted to make this his directing debut.
Ewan McGregor in American Pastoral
He initially found out about the project when he read for the lead role as Seymour "The Swede" Levov. "I got the script from my agent, and I just fell for it," McGregor says. "I fell for it very hard! At first it was the story about the father and the daughter. I've got four girls myself, so I know very much what that relationship is all about, and it just broke my heart. I was reading about this dad who loses his daughter to a radical political group in the '60s, and she ends up doing a terrorist act. Then she goes underground and he doesn't know where she is."
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In this two part interview, Ewan McGregor talks about his first role as a director in his new film American Pastoral which is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name by Philip Roth.
The film centres around the Levov family, in particular the father named Seymour Irving Levov. Levov owns a glove factory and is married to a former beauty queen and they have a daughter afectionatley named Merry. As Merry begins to grow older, she starts to question many of the rights and wrongs of what was going on in the world at the time and eventually becomes so angry that she becomes an early anarchist which leads to the death of a man.
With their daughter on the run, Seymour and his wife Dawn must find a way to face their lives not knowing what's happened to their little girl under the constant scrutiny of the outside world who know what Merry is guilty of.
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American Pastoral is based on Philip Roth's 1998 Pulitzer Prize winning novel which follows the life and Seymour Levov and his observations on his fellow man and the inevitable fake veneer many of us build to masquerade their real personalities.
Seymour Irving Levov has always lived a quiet life, he takes over his family business and marries a woman he loves very much. They have a large house and live a very comfortable life. They have a beautiful daughter called Meredith and up until her teenage years, Merry is much like any other kids but there's a turning point.
Various social influences - in particular the war - make a huge impact on Merry's life and she soon becomes an extremist, after growing more and more weary of her voice not being heard, Merry plants a bomb in a local post office and she becomes a wanted person.
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The brand new trailer, released on Monday, stars all four original characters.
Ahead of its much-anticipated release in January next year, a brand new official teaser trailer has emerged for the Trainspotting sequel, and the first to feature new footage.
As the iconic opening music from the 1996 original film, Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’, plays again, a train rumbles past to reveal the four original cast members – Renton (Ewan McGregor), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Spud (Ewen Bremner) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) - standing in a line on the station platform, in a throwback scene to the first movie.
Danny Boyle in May 2016 shooting 'Trainspotting 2'
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Disney have released the new teaser trailer for the remake of the much-loved animated film Beauty and the Beast. The 2017 version of this classic Disney film is a live-action movie and it is claimed that the Disney magic will not be lost as a result, but rather preserved and made even more magical. Emma Watson stars as the protagonist, Princess Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.
The narrative follows Belle on her quest to find her father who has been captured and imprisoned in the Beasts castle, on arriving at the castle she finds herself becoming imprisoned as well. In order to free her father she agrees to stay in the Beasts castle as his prisoner. After spending time with the Beast she starts to see beyond his frightening exterior and into his kind heart and soul, which leads her to start falling in love with him.
However Belle soon finds herself caught in the middle between the two men who want her, the Beast and Gaston and it is in this climatic end that leads her to confess her love for one of them, but which one she chooses, you'll have to watch and see.
Never one to choose the expected film projects, Ewan McGregor admits he's not a fan of spy thrillers.
He has recently said that he thinks James Bond is a boring character. And he's also admitted that he has never read a John Le Carre thriller. Until now, that is. Because he's starring in the adaptation of le Carre's Our Kind of Traitor.
He was drawn to the project because it's far more interesting than most scripts he reads. "These are real characters, really human characters," he says. "I was attracted to playing this relationship with Naomie Harris because it's not very often that the romantic couple at the centre of the story has this sort of broken dynamic. The relationship between our characters is interesting, layered and detailed. It's a very modern marriage."
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Date of birth
31st March, 1971
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