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Ewan McGregor (born March 31, 1971 in
Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland, UK) is a Scottish film actor who has had
significant success in both mainstream and "art house" movies. He is
best known for his part as the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars
prequel trilogy, but he came to prominence through his role as the
heroin addict Renton in the film version of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting
(1996). This role followed hard on an impressive movie-debut performance
in Danny Boyle's 1994 film Shallow Grave. McGregor has also been
featured as the male romantic lead in such Hollywood films as Moulin
Rouge! and Down With Love.
A keen motorcyclist since his youth,
McGregor undertook a marathon motorcycle trip with his friend, Charley
Boorman (son of director John Boorman), in 2004. From mid-April to the
end of July, they travelled from London to New York, via central Europe,
Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Siberia and Canada, for a
cumulative distance of 18,887 miles (30,395 km). The only sections of
the trip not undertaken by motorcycle were 580 miles by train in
Siberia, due to lack of roads, and a 2505 mile flight from Magadan,
Siberia to Anchorage, Alaska. The trip formed the basis of a TV series
and a best-selling book , both called Long Way Round. McGregor attended
Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
He is currently starring alongside Jane
Krakowski in a new production of Guys and Dolls in London, at the
Piccadilly Theatre. This is the first London production of the show in
23 years. McGregor is also one of the many actors rumored to be a
candidate for the next James Bond in 2006.
McGregor is married to Eve Mavrakis, a
French production designer with whom he has two daughters, Clara
Mathilde and Esther Rose. The two met while filming McGregor's guest
appearance on the television show Kavanagh QC, and have been married
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McGregor is one of the few major male
actors to repeatedly do full-frontal nudity (in Trainspotting,
Velvet Goldmine, The Pillow book, and Young Adam).
Celebritywonder.com reported in March
2005 that McGregor will no longer sign autographs because he is
"sickened" by the exorbitant prices that people charge for it.
(However, he did sign autographs after performances of Guys and
Dolls on West End, preferring to sign Guys and Dolls programs, but
he refuses to sign any Star Wars items.)
McGregor's uncle, Denis Lawson, played
Luke Skywalker's friend Wedge Antilles in A New Hope, The Empire
Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
As a teenager McGregor studied at
Morrison Academy in Crieff. He left school at the age of 16 in order
to pursue a career in drama which he preferred to boring school
As a result of his training for the
Star Wars films, McGregor has become an excellent swordsman.
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