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.
He plays an older Danny Torrence in the forthcoming Stephen King thriller.
Earlier this year, the exciting announcement was made that Stephen King's 'The Shining' sequel, 'Doctor Sleep', was going to be put to film seven years after the book's release. Now it's been revealed that none other than Ewan McGregor will be heading up the class as the older Danny Torrence.
Ewan McGregor at the 'Solo' premiere
'Doctor Sleep' is the follow-up to Stephen King's third novel 'The Shining', and follows the life of Danny Torrance; son of Wendy and the late Jack Torrance. He still has powers of telepathy and premonition, but he's naturally emotionally scarred from the events that took place at the Overlook Hotel when he was 5-years-old.
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The news comes after filing for divorce from Eve Mavrakis.
Just weeks after filing for divorce from his wife, it seems Ewan McGregor has now split from his current girlfriend Mary Elizabeth Winstead. As of yet, it is unclear whether or not he will attempt to repair his marriage to Eve Mavrakis, or make a fresh start entirely.
Ewan McGregor at the Golden Camera Awards
Following early reports of the break-up, Ewan was apparently seen visiting Eve Mavrakis at her home in Los Angeles, and even enjoyed a day out with their daughter Anouk. So it seems things are still amicable between them - if only for the sake of the children.
Continue reading: Ewan McGregor Splits From 'Fargo' Girlfriend Mary Elizabeth Winstead
He'd be happy to be included in the upcoming spin-off.
As we await the release of the second 'Star Wars' anthology film, 'Solo', Ewan McGregor has spoken out about his interest in reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi for the possible upcoming spin-off flick about the character's origins. However, there are still no details about the project.
Ewan McGregor at the 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere
The 46-year-old actor won Best Actor in a Limited Series for his role in the third season of crime thriller 'Fargo' at the 75th Golden Globe Awards yesterday (January 7th 2018), and he went on to tell reporters backstage that he was more than interested in returning to former role.
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Ewan McGregor has allegedly split from his wife of 22 years.
Having recently been snapped kissing Mary Elizabeth Winstead in a London cafe, it has been announced that Ewan McGregor is now separated from his wife of more than two decades. The pair decided to go their separate ways five months ago, the same month that Mary Elizabeth announced her split from her own husband.
Ewan McGregor and Eve Mavrakis at FX Networks Upfront event
It seems 46-year-old 'Fargo' star Ewan and his 32-year-old co-star Mary Elizabeth had no reservations about displaying their newfound off-screen romance when they shared an intimate kiss on a date at The Good Life Eatery in St John's Wood this month. Naturally, people are surprised given that Ewan has been married for 22 years.
A stand-alone spin-off movie concerning Obi Wan Kenobi is reportedly in the works at Disney.
A stand-alone film concerning the back-story of Obi Wan Kenobi is set to be added to the ever-expanding Star Wars universe, according to new reports.
The Hollywood Reporter published an article on Thursday evening (August 17th) saying that the project was in the very early stages of development but has piqued the interest of Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry, who is currently in negotiations with Disney to helm the film. If he accepts, he is set to develop the script from the ground up with LucasFilm.
The Kenobi film joins a growing list of other rumoured spin-off movies from the main body of nine films, with projects concerning Yoda and Boba Fett also recently rumoured to be under consideration.
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He looks far from handsome in the new clip.
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 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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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.
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.
Carlyle is returning for the long-awaited sequel along with Ewan McGregor.
Robert Carlyle has promised that his infamous Trainspotting character Francis Begbie will be “scarier” than ever in the film’s upcoming sequel. Carlyle was appearing in Edinburgh alongside Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and assured fans that they wouldn't be let down by the sequel, which comes 20 years after the original film.
Robert Carlyle has said Begbie will be even scarier 20 years on.
“He is still very much the person that he was,” Carlyle said. “His preferred way of dealing with things is still to be very violent, but he keeps his powder dry, he is more judicious, he is more in control. In some ways, he is more dangerous as a result of that.”
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As both director and star of ‘Miles Ahead’ Don Cheadle had to do a lot of juggling, but it all just made his connection to Davis even stronger.
Miles Davis has been an inspiration to actor Don Cheadle since he was 10 years old. To Cheadle, the jazz legend was a ‘symbol of creative energy and power’ and someone who was never afraid to step out of his comfort zone. It’s a quality that the musician and actor have in common, as Cheadle took on the role of both director and star of biopic Miles Ahead.
Don Cheadle in Miles Ahead.
During the filming of Miles Ahead, Cheadle spent most of his time steeped in the role, but as the film’s director, sometimes he found himself having to break character to remind people who was in charge.
Date of birth
31st March, 1971
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