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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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The entire journey, entitled Long Way Round, went from April 14, 2004, to July 29, 2004. It was documented as a television series, DVD set, and book. It covered over 19,
000 miles and 12 countries. The project was conceived partly to raise awareness of the worldwide efforts of UNICEF and included stops to see UNICEF projects.
McGregor reprised his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi for the final time in 2005 for Star Wars: Episode III–Revenge of the Sith. That same year he also lent his voice to the animated family film Robots, starred with Scarlett Johansson in The Island, and filmed Marc Forster's Stay, which was a follow-up to the successful Finding Neverland. After multiple commercial and critical successes, Ewan McGregor tried his hand at several arthouse films in 2006. His first was Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Ed Blum's directorial debut about a day in the life of seven British couples. The second was Miss Potter, the much-anticipated Chris Noonan follow up to the 1995 success Babe, a biopic about popular children's author Beatrix Potter.
Ewan McGregor has also tried his hand at stage acting, taking the role of Sky Masterson from 2005 to 2007 in the revival of the play Guys & Dolls at London's Piccadilly Theatre.
In 2007, Ewan McGregor and his friend Charley Boorman created a follow-up documentary to their 2004 trip, entitled Long Way Down. During this trip the two rode their motorcycles again, but this time traveled from John o' Groats in northern Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa. This documentary also centered on the pair spending time visiting UNICEF projects along their journey and was distributed as another television series, DVD set, and book. That same year, McGregor appeared in Cassandra's Dream (2007), and was ranked No. 36 by Empire magazine in their list of the "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time." The next year, he appeared in the films Incendiary (2008) and Deception (2008).
In 2009, McGregor starred in I Love You Phillip Morris, and will be one of the stars in Ron Howard's blockbuster Angels & Demons, the sequel to the very popular Dan Brown novel and film, The DaVinci Code.
In addition to film, McGregor has appeared on several soundtracks as a singer throughout his career, including two duets with Nicole Kidman on the Moulin Rouge! Soundtrack, two singles for the Velvet Goldmine soundtrack and a duet with Renee Zellweger for the movie Down With Love.
Ewan McGregor and his wife have three daughters: Clara Mathilde, born in 1996, Esther Rose, born in 2001, and 4-year-old Jamiyan adopted from Mongolia in April 2006.
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