Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor


3/31/1971, Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland, UK

Birth Name

Ewan Gordon McGregor


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Ewan was born in March, 1971, in Crieff, Perthshire, just north of Edinburgh to James and Carol, who were both teachers. He has an older brother, Colin, who is an RAF pilot. His mother now acts as his official spokesperon, and deals with his personal appearances and fan…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Ewan is represented professionally by the firm United Agents.

    • Ewan has appeared in many stage plays, such as Guys And Dolls, The Play Wot I Wrote, Little Malcolm And His Struggle Against The Eunuchs and What the Butler Saw.

    • To prepare for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Ewan studied Alec Guinness' films to ensure accuracy in his accent and the pacing of his words.

    • Ewan was ranked #8 in the 2001 Orange Film Survey of greatest British actors.

    • Ewan auditioned for the role of Mercutio in the 1996 Baz Lhurmann film Romeo + Juliet. This is the second time Leonardo DiCaprio has been chosen over him. He was later reunited with Lhurmann in Moulin Rouge!.

    • Ewan was originally up for the lead role in the film The Beach, with director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge, who he had previously worked with. However, when the role went to Leonardo DiCaprio instead, Ewan ceased communication with both Danny Boyle and John Hodge.

    • Ewan is ranked #36 in Empire Magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

    • Ewan contributed to a charity DVD for CHAS (Children's Hospice Association Scotland), by appearing in a promotional film.

    • As part of the Scout Associations 101st Birthday Celebrations in 2008, Ewan and Charley Boorman were awarded an Honorary Navigator Award for their Long Way Down and Long Way Round television shows.

    • In 2008, Ewan promoted a male fragrance for "Davidoff", called Adventure, and he Japan he appeared in ads for Toyota's Grand Suite New Alphard.

    • Ewan quit smoking in 2007, after excessively indulging for years. He used a hypnotherapist to help. He has also been teetotal since 2001, believing that at the time he was borderline alcoholic.

    • In 2001, Ewan received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ulster.

    • Ewan has had several moles removed, one of which was cancerous.

    • In a January 2007 survey of 10,000 women to find the World's Sexiest Man, Ewan was ranked no. 23.

    • Ewan has been asked to play Kurt Cobain in a movie about his life, by Courtney Love, after she acquired the rights to Heavier Than Heaven - a biography about Kurt that was written by Charles Cross.

    • Ewan is an UNICEF ambassador.

    • Awards

      BAFTAs (Scottish)
      Best Actor in a Film for Trainspotting (1997) (Won).
      Best Actor in a Scottish Film for Young Adam (2004) (Won).

      Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for ER (1997) (Nomination).

      Golden Globes
      Best Performances by an Actor in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy for >Moulin Rouge (2002) (Nomination).

      MTV Movie Awards
      Best Musical Sequence for Moulin Rouge with Nicole Kidman (2002) (Won).

      Screen Actors Guild
      Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for >Little Voice (1999) (Nomination).
      Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for Moulin Rouge (2002) (Nomination)

      The Variety Club Showbusiness Awards
      Film Actor Award for Moulin Rouge!

    • Ewan formed a production company with friends Jonny Lee Miller, Sean Pertwee, Jude Law and Sadie Frost called Natural Nylon. However, Ewan withdrew as he was unable to commit enough time to it. The company later folded.

    • Ewan is 5'9" (1.75 m) tall.

    • Ewan is a former roommate of Jude Law.

  • Quotes

    • Ewan McGregor (on acting): As an actor there's nothing better than a great moody moment to play with nothing to say. It's so much easier to do because you can really get inside your head.

    • Ewan McGregor: I've found ways to cheat the ageing process. I shave my chest because having it hairy makes me look older.

    • (revealing that when he's home in Scotland, people can't resist having a go at him)
      Ewan McGregor: Why do they feel the need to tell me, 'That film was sh*t'. It happens quite a lot. I was with my mum and daughter when this guy walks over to say, 'You're not as good as Alec Guinness' (Obi Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars films before Ewan). I felt really pissed off.

    • Ewan McGregor: On-screen nudity is something we take too lightly with young actresses. Getting 18-year-old girls to be naked and have sex in a movie is possibly damaging to their development. But, at the same time, I'm up for nudity.

    • Ewan McGregor: I've been waiting nearly twenty years to have my own light saber. Nothing's cooler than being a Jedi Knight.

    • Ewan McGregor: It's a great feeling of power to be naked in front of people. We're happy to watch actual incredible graphic violence and gore, but as soon as somebody's naked it seems like the public goes a bit bananas about the whole thing.

    • Ewan McGregor: I won't buy into the Hollywood thing... I want to be in good movies.

    • Ewan McGregor: Isn't Halle Berry the most beautiful woman? I have a film I'd like to be in her with. I mean, I'd like to be with her in.

    • Ewan McGregor: I don't care about Oscars. It's such self-aggrandizing nonsense. It's a way to manipulate people into believing that their choices are what's good. It's rubbish. They're looking after themselves. I'll be fucking deliriously happy if I ever get one by the way. I'll go up there and cry and everything. But I don't value them, because I don't have one yet.

    • Ewan McGregor: I am a terrible actor. Every day I am amazed and I thank my lucky stars that I fooled you all this time.

    • Ewan McGregor: It's fantastic the way children ask you, 'How does the light saber turn on?, but I don't like it when the adults do that, because they should know better. I've had one adult ask me for advice on how to be a trainee to become a Jedi knight. I tell people like that: 'You want advice to be a Jedi trainee? Fuck off! That's my advice'.

    • Ewan McGregor: I'm just looking for that moment to drop my Jedi knickers and pull out my real light saber.

    • Ewan McGregor: I fight cynicism. It's too easy. It's really boring. It's much harder to be positive and see the wonder of everything. Cynicism is a bunch of people who aren't as talented as other people, knocking them because they make them feel even more untalented.

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    I loved this guy's acting ever since the Star Wars prequels and Robots. He's a very talented guy. He did great playing Rodney Copperbottom in Robots and The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and my all-time favorite: Revenge of the Sith. He also did great in other movies.
  • Although I didn't watch all of his appearances and movies, his roles in Moulin Rouge, Big Fish, and The Island were enough to rise him to my personal pantheon.

    First off, what is there to say? How could I describe someone with so magnetic a presence? Something about Ewan McGregor just makes him perfect for the big screen... Is it his little smile, dazzling acting talents, or gorgeous voice (as seen in Moulin Rouge)? Somehow, he is the quintessential honest and fantastic young man every movie needs. From such movies as Big Fish and The Island, his innocence really was convincing, not like most of the "pretty boys" you see a lot today. It's not everyday you see a package deal- acting and singing, and that's what makes Ewan McGregor so special. So Ewan, if you're reading this... Keep up the good work!moreless