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Scottish actor Ewan McGregor first received worldwide acclaim with his role in Trainspotting, and has since played Obi-Wan in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
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Ewan Gordon McGregor was born March 31, 1971 in Crieff, Scotland. He achieved worldwide critical acclaim with his role in the film Trainspotting in 1996. In 1998, McGregor landed the largest role of his career when he signed on as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. In the early 21st century, Ewan McGregor started his own production company called Natural Nylon.
Actor. Born Ewan Gordon McGregor on March 31, 1971 to schoolteachers James Charles Stuart McGregor and Carole Diane Lawson. McGregor was born in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland, just a few miles north of Edinburgh. He also has a brother Colin, who is an RAF pilot.
As a child, Ewan McGregor did little acting, but enjoyed singing, and became a soloist for his school's orchestra and choir. He also helped his father at the Crieff Highland Games, where his father was named director. McGregor would eventually be awarded the title of Chieftan of the Games in 2001.
After high school, Ewan McGregor joined the Perth Repertory Theater and furthered his education through three years of training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His studies at Guildhall eventually led to McGregor landing a major role as Private Mick Hopper in Dennis Potter's 1993 Lipstick on Your Collar, which was a British made-for-television musical comedy.
In 1993, Ewan McGregor starred in a British television miniseries called The Scarlet & The Black, which was an adaptation of Henri Beyle Stendhal's 1830 novel. In that same year, McGregor made his cinematic debut in Bill Forsyth's American drama Being Human, which starred Robin Williams. The film did not do well in theaters and had a very short run, which limited McGregor's exposure.
After filming Being Human, Ewan McGregor continued to make television appearances in the United States and Britain, including Family Style (1993), Doggin' Around (1994) and Kavanagh QC (1995). He also got his first major movie role in the 1994 film Shallow Grave, which was written by Danny Boyle and received some critical acclaim.
In 1994, while filming an episode of Kavanagh QC, Ewan McGregor met his future wife, French production designer Eve Mavrakis. They had a whirlwind relationship and married on July 22, 1995 in a small village in France.
After Shallow Grave, McGregor continued to get work as a movie actor in the British surfing movie Blue Juice (1995) and Peter Greenaway's The Pillow Book (1996), before landing a role in 1996's Trainspotting.
For Trainspotting—his second movie with director Danny Boyle—Ewan McGregor shaved his head and lost 30 lbs to play the main character and heroin addict Mark Renton. The movie and McGregor's role received worldwide critical acclaim, garnering much attention for the young actor.
Following his success in Trainspotting, McGregor took a completely different role as Frank Churchill in the historical comedy Emma (1996). McGregor then continued his work in cinema, including Brassed Off (1996), The Serpent's Kiss (1997), A Life Less Ordinary (1997), and Nightwatch (1998).
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