The actor Ewan McGregor is as comfortable in dark roles as he in is in romantic roles. Whether it be on the bill for hit films such as Star Wars or Moulin Rouge, he continues to wow audiences around the world.
Ewan McGregor, was born in Scotland. At the age of 16 he left school to concentrate on theatre, music and comedy.
In 1993, he was noticed by scriptwriter Dennis Potter, who offered him a role in the TV series “Lipstick on Your Collar”.
The British Director, Danny Boyle, took him under his wing and offered to star in a trilogy of films, under the theme of the “evil of wealth”, including: “Shallow Grave” (1994), “Trainspotting” (1996) and “A Life Less Ordinary” (1997). These were the films that launched his career.
McGregor then went on to appear in one of the most famous trilogies of all time, the “Star Wars Prequel” trilogy, in which he played the Jedi “Obi-Wan Kenobi” in “Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace” (1999), “Star Wars: Episode 2 - Attack of the Clones” (2002) and “Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith”.
Aside from the epic trilogies he has starred in, Ewan McGregor has constantly avoided being typecasted in any role with other films he has starred in including “Rogue Trader”(1999), a true story, based on the fall of Barings Bank, where he starred as the ex banker Nick Leeson, who went to jail for his part in the bank’s demise.
He then went on to play the hopeless romantic poet “Christian”, who falls in love with the beautiful courtesan, Satine (played by Nicole Kidman) in Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge” (2001).
In the same year as “Moulin Rouge”, he starred alongside Josh Hartnett in “Black Hawk Down”, where he played a soldier sent into Somalia to take out the war lords keeping the country in constant civil war.
2003 saw him take on a very different role as a bit of a Playboy in the retro romantic comedy “Down With Love”, starring alongside the beautiful Renee Zellweger.
In 2005, he was the voice of “Rodney Copperbottom” in the animated film “Robots”. Other stars who lent their voices to the film were Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and Robin Williams.
In 2005, McGregor trod the boards of the West End in the production of “Guys and Dolls”, a production he was part of for two years.
In 2006, McGregor was re-united with Renee Zellweger in “Miss Potter”, a biographical film about the writer Beatrix Potter in which he plays the publisher, “Norman Warne” who Miss Potter falls in love with.
In 2007, McGregor teamed up with Colin Farrell in the film “Cassandra’s Dream”, a film about two brothers whose financial woes lead them to become enemies.
In the same year he took to the stage again as Lago in “Othello” at the Donmar Warehouse in London.
In 2009 McGregor took on a sinister role as the “Camerlengo Patrick McKenna” in the adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel “Angels and Demons”, starring alongside Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou.
In 2010 he had a supporting role in the family comedy “Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang”, starring Emma Thompson and Colin Firth.
In 2011 he starred in the romantic comedy “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”, a film about the impossibility of bringing the sport of fly fishing to the desert, being made possible.
McGregor has just finished filming “The Impossible”, due for release this year. A film about a family caught up in a natural catastrophe.
He is also due to star in “Jack and the Giant Killer” (2013) and TV film “The Corrections” (2013).
Ewan McGregor does not conform to the typical A-List celebrity. He is married to the French Production Designer Eve Mavrakis, whom he met during the making of the TV series “Kavanagh QC” in 1995.
The couple were married in 1995 and have four daughters, Clara Mathilde, Esther Rose and an adopted daughter, Jamiyan, originally from Mongolia and who the couple adopted at the age of four in 2006.
In July 2011 they adopted a fourth child, a four-month old baby girl, whose identity has not yet been released. The family currently live in Los Angeles, California.
Aside from his acting career, Ewan McGregor is involved in UNICEF as an Ambassador for the organisation and has travelled the world through his work.
Perhaps his most unique projects to date have been his motorbike journeys around the world with his best friend, actor “Charley Boorman”, whom he starred alongside in “The Serpent’s Kiss” in 1997.
In 2004, the pair, along with their camera man, travelled from London to New York via central Europe, Kazakhstan and Canada. They made a television series and wrote a book about their adventures titled “Long Way Round”.
In 2007, the same team made the journey from John O’Groats in Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa, titled “Long Way Down”.
Ewan McGregor cannot fail to charm. He embodies the independence of a generation of actors, who are a British Independent Film success and break into Hollywood, but do not succumb to its might.
He is a talented and versatile actor, an explorer and a family man. Ladies, we can but admire!