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.
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.
Continue reading: Is Obi Wan Kenobi Set For A Spin-Off 'Star Wars' Film?
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.
Continue reading: Beauty And The Beast Review
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).
Continue reading: Ewan McGregor Undergoes A Hideous Transformation For 'Fargo' Season 3
Bremner discussed his character Spud, and how the cast no longer feels "invincible" twenty years after 'Trainspotting'.
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 Bremner at the UK premiere of 'T2'
Continue reading: Ewen Bremner: 'Trainspotting Characters Are No Longer Invincible'
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.
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.
Continue reading: Ewan McGregor American Pastoral - Video Interview
With its grindingly low-key tension and unusual perspectives, this Western has a chance to revamp the genre in intriguing ways. The first-rate cast adds plenty of depth to the usual roles, including a strong female point-of-view from Natalie Portman, who also produced the film. But some rather simplistic thematic touches undermine the originality, and the film never quite cracks through the surface to become something meaningful.
It's set in 1871 New Mexico, where Jane (Portman) lives on a hidden ranch with her outlaw husband Bill (Noah Emmerich) and their young daughter. But Bill's been badly injured, and the notorious scoundrel Bishop (Ewan McGregor) has vowed to track him down. For help Jane turns to her ex-fiance Dan (Joel Edgerton), an angry gunslinger who has never got over being abandoned by Jane all those years ago. He agrees to help her, and of course Bill isn't too happy about this, but he's too injured to protest. And Jane is so fiercely independent that she refuses to let her history with these two men define her future.
The premise is packed with all kinds of intriguing layers, but the script continually over-explains everything with a series of flashbacks to Jane's earlier encounters with Dan, Bishop, Bishop's hotheaded brother (Boyd Holbrook) and a particularly brutal desperado (Rodrigo Santoro). Not one of these people has even a hint of morality about them, which gives the actors a chance to inject a lot of complex texture into their performances. These are tough-minded men who never stop to think about the rule of law. And Portman's Jane is steelier than all of them, a woman who makes her own hard decisions in a place that doesn't let anyone off easily. Portman is terrific in the role, even if director Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) undermines her with his rather straightforward approach. Even so, her scenes with Edgerton and McGregor crackle with subtext.
Continue reading: Jane Got A Gun Review
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.
Jesus has had many faces on the big screen, with some more memorable than others.
The story of Jesus has been told many different times on the big screen, with a wide variety of interpretations. But what’s more diverse is the list of actors who have found themselves playing the son of God. Sure we all remember Jim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ, but did you know Will Ferrell also once donned a wig and a beard to play Jesus?
Jim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ.
Date of birth
31st March, 1971
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