Ewan McGregor

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor is a Scottish actor who gained international fame for his role as Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. He has since become a versatile and acclaimed actor, known for his work in both independent and mainstream films.

Early Life and Career

Ewan McGregor was born on March 31, 1971, in Perth, Scotland. He began acting in his teens and attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After graduating, McGregor appeared in several British television shows and films, including “Shallow Grave” and “Trainspotting,” which brought him international recognition.

Star Wars and Beyond

In 1999, McGregor was cast as Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.” He went on to play the role in “Episode II – Attack of the Clones” and “Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” earning critical acclaim for his performance.

In addition to his work in the Star Wars franchise, McGregor has appeared in a wide range of films, including “Moulin Rouge!,” “Black Hawk Down,” and “Big Fish.” He has also worked in television, starring in the critically acclaimed series “Fargo” and “The Halcyon.”

Personal Life

Ewan McGregor was married to production designer Eve Mavrakis from 1995 to 2018, and the couple has four children together. In 2018, McGregor began a relationship with actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, whom he met while filming the third season of “Fargo.”


Ewan McGregor is actively involved in several charitable organizations. He has supported UNICEF since 2004 and has traveled to several countries to raise awareness about the organization’s work. He has also supported the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland and the GO Campaign, which works to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children around the world.

Awards and Honors

Ewan McGregor has been nominated for and won several awards throughout his career. He won a Golden Globe for his role in “Fargo” and was nominated for an Emmy for his performance in “The Nightingale.” He has also been nominated for several BAFTA Awards and a Tony Award for his work on stage.

Ewan McGregor Fact File

Full NameEwan Gordon McGregor
Date of BirthMarch 31, 1971
Place of BirthPerth, Scotland
Height5′ 9″ (175 cm)
EducationGuildhall School of Music and Drama
Years Active1993 – present


1994Shallow GraveAlex Law
1996TrainspottingMark Renton
1996EmmaFrank Churchill
1997A Life Less OrdinaryRobert
1998Velvet GoldmineCurt Wild
1999Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom MenaceObi-Wan Kenobi
2000Moulin Rouge!Christian
2001Black Hawk DownJohn Grimes
2002Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the ClonesObi-Wan Kenobi
2003Big FishEd Bloom (Young)
2003Young AdamJoe Taylor
2005The IslandLincoln Six Echo / Tom Lincoln
2005Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the SithObi-Wan Kenobi
2009Angels & DemonsCamerlengo Patrick McKenna
2010The Ghost WriterThe Ghost
2011BeginnersOliver Fields
2013August: Osage CountyBill Fordham
2013Jack the Giant SlayerElmont
2014Jane Got a GunJohn Bishop
2015Miles AheadDave Brill
2016American PastoralSeymour Levov
2017T2 TrainspottingMark Renton
2017Beauty and the BeastLumière
2018Christopher RobinChristopher Robin
2019Doctor SleepDanny Torrance
2020Birds of PreyRoman Sionis / Black Mask
2020The Birthday CakeAngelo
2021HalstonRoy Halston Frowick
2021The Birthday CakeAngelo


2014Sons of AnarchyLeary
2015FargoRay Stussy / Emmit Stussy
2017FargoRay Stussy / Emmit Stussy


1993Lipstick on Your CollarPrivate Hopper
1994The Scarlet LetterChillingworth
1994What the Butler SawNicholas Beckett
1996Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the EunuchsMalcolm Scrawdyke
1998Velvet GoldmineCurt Wild
1999Guys and DollsSky Masterson
2005Guys and DollsSky Masterson
2013The Real ThingHenry
2015American BuffaloTeach

Ewan McGregor FAQs

Q: What inspired Ewan McGregor to pursue a career in acting?

A: Ewan McGregor has always been interested in performing, thanks in part to his uncle, actor Denis Lawson. As a child, he often put on shows for his family and friends. McGregor credits seeing the movie “Star Wars” at age 9 as the moment that inspired him to become an actor.

Q: What challenges did Ewan McGregor face while playing the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy?

A: One of the biggest challenges McGregor faced was the pressure of living up to the iconic portrayal of the character by Sir Alec Guinness in the original “Star Wars” trilogy. McGregor also had to train extensively to perform the fight choreography required for the lightsaber battles in the films.

Q: What are some of Ewan McGregor’s favorite roles that he has played throughout his career?

A: Ewan McGregor has spoken fondly of many of his past roles, but some of his favorites include Mark Renton in “Trainspotting,” Ed Bloom in “Big Fish,” and Seymour Levov in “American Pastoral.” McGregor has also expressed his love for playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy.

Q: What causes does Ewan McGregor support outside of his acting career?

A: Ewan McGregor is a passionate advocate for several causes, including the fight against climate change and the refugee crisis. He has worked with UNICEF since 2004, visiting and raising awareness for programs supporting children in developing countries. McGregor is also an ambassador for the GO Campaign, a non-profit organization that supports orphans and vulnerable children worldwide.

Q: What is Ewan McGregor’s process for getting into character for a role?

A: Ewan McGregor has said that his process for getting into character varies depending on the role. For some roles, he spends months researching the character’s background and history to understand their motivations and emotions. McGregor also often uses music to help him get into character, listening to specific songs or genres that he feels connect to the character’s personality and story. Additionally, he often works closely with the director and other actors to build the character’s relationships and dynamics on set.

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