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 Name Ewan Gordon McGregor
Date of Birth March 31, 1971
Place of Birth Perth, Scotland
Height 5′ 9″ (175 cm)
Nationality Scottish
Education Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Occupation Actor
Years Active 1993 – present


Year Title Role
1994 Shallow Grave Alex Law
1996 Trainspotting Mark Renton
1996 Emma Frank Churchill
1997 A Life Less Ordinary Robert
1998 Velvet Goldmine Curt Wild
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Obi-Wan Kenobi
2000 Moulin Rouge! Christian
2001 Black Hawk Down John Grimes
2002 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones Obi-Wan Kenobi
2003 Big Fish Ed Bloom (Young)
2003 Young Adam Joe Taylor
2005 The Island Lincoln Six Echo / Tom Lincoln
2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan Kenobi
2009 Angels & Demons Camerlengo Patrick McKenna
2010 The Ghost Writer The Ghost
2011 Beginners Oliver Fields
2013 August: Osage County Bill Fordham
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer Elmont
2014 Jane Got a Gun John Bishop
2015 Mortdecai Martland
2015 Miles Ahead Dave Brill
2016 American Pastoral Seymour Levov
2017 T2 Trainspotting Mark Renton
2017 Beauty and the Beast Lumière
2018 Christopher Robin Christopher Robin
2019 Doctor Sleep Danny Torrance
2020 Birds of Prey Roman Sionis / Black Mask
2020 The Birthday Cake Angelo
2021 Halston Roy Halston Frowick
2021 The Birthday Cake Angelo


Year Title Role
2014 Sons of Anarchy Leary
2015 Fargo Ray Stussy / Emmit Stussy
2017 Fargo Ray Stussy / Emmit Stussy


Year Title Role
1993 Lipstick on Your Collar Private Hopper
1994 The Scarlet Letter Chillingworth
1994 What the Butler Saw Nicholas Beckett
1996 Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs Malcolm Scrawdyke
1998 Velvet Goldmine Curt Wild
1999 Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson
2005 Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson
2007 Othello Iago
2013 The Real Thing Henry
2014 Macbeth Macbeth
2015 American Buffalo Teach

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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