50 Facts About Ewan McGregor


Ewan McGregor's accolades include a Golden Globe Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and the BAFTA Britannia Humanitarian Award.


Ewan McGregor made his directorial debut with the historical crime-drama American Pastoral, where he played Seymour "Swede" Levov.


Ewan McGregor has starred in theatre productions of Guys and Dolls and Othello.


Ewan McGregor returned as Obi-Wan in the 2022 Disney+ miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi.


Ewan McGregor was ranked number 36 on Empire magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list in 1997.


Ewan McGregor has been involved in charity work and has served as an ambassador for UNICEF UK since 2004.


Ewan McGregor was born on 31 March 1971 in Perth, Scotland, and was raised in nearby Crieff.


Ewan McGregor's mother, Carol Diane, is a retired teacher at Crieff High School and latterly deputy head teacher at Kingspark School in Dundee.


Ewan McGregor's father, James Charles Stewart "Jim" McGregor, is a retired physical education teacher and careers master at the independent Morrison's Academy in Crieff.


Ewan McGregor's uncle is actor Denis Lawson and his aunt by marriage was actress Sheila Gish, which makes him a step-cousin of Gish's actress daughters, Kay Curram and Lou Gish.


Six months prior to his graduation from Guildhall, Ewan McGregor began a leading role in Dennis Potter's six-part Channel 4 series Lipstick on Your Collar.


Ewan McGregor had a major role in the 1996 Channel 4 comedy-drama film Brassed Off, written and directed by Mark Herman.


Ewan McGregor played the male romantic lead role in the British film Little Voice.


Ewan McGregor was cast as the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, released between 1999 and 2005.


Ewan McGregor said making the prequels was difficult, as he had to act mostly against green screens and the dialogue was "not exactly Shakespeare".


Ewan McGregor stated that the negative reaction to the films had been difficult.


Ewan McGregor appeared in Ridley Scott's war film Black Hawk Down as John Grimes.


Ewan McGregor starred alongside Renee Zellweger in Down with Love.


Ewan McGregor portrayed the younger Edward Bloom in Tim Burton's critically acclaimed film Big Fish alongside Albert Finney, Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman and Billy Crudup.


Ewan McGregor voiced two successful animated features; he played the robot Rodney Copperbottom in Robots, which featured the voices of Halle Berry and Robin Williams, and he voiced the lead character in Gary Chapman's Valiant, alongside Jim Broadbent, John Cleese and Ricky Gervais.


Ewan McGregor headlined Marc Forster's 2005 film Stay, a psychological thriller co-starring Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling.


Ewan McGregor narrated the Fulldome production Astronaut, created for the National Space Centre.


Ewan McGregor starred opposite Colin Farrell in the Woody Allen film Cassandra's Dream, and he co-starred with Jim Carrey in I Love You Phillip Morris and appeared in Amelia alongside Hilary Swank.


In 2013, Ewan McGregor starred alongside Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County, which was based on Tracy Letts's Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name.


Ewan McGregor starred in the action comedy film Mortdecai, alongside Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany.


Ewan McGregor made his directorial debut with American Pastoral, in which he starred.


Ewan McGregor played Lumiere in the live-action adaptation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon, with an ensemble cast featuring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in leading roles, alongside Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen, and Emma Thompson.


In 2018, Ewan McGregor starred as the adult version of the titular character in Christopher Robin, a live-action adaptation of Disney's Winnie the Pooh franchise directed by Marc Forster and starred alongside Hayley Atwell.


In 2019, Ewan McGregor starred as the older Danny Torrance in Doctor Sleep, the film adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name.


In 2021, Ewan McGregor created a charismatic portrait of the American fashion designer Halston in the eponymously titled miniseries for Netflix, based on the candid biography Simply Halston by journalist Steven Gaines.


Ewan McGregor was billed as executive producer, jointly with Ryan Murphy.


From November 1998 to March 1999, Ewan McGregor starred as Malcolm Scrawdyke in a revival of David Halliwell's Little Malcolm and His Struggles Against the Eunuchs, directed by his uncle, Denis Lawson.


In November 2001, Ewan McGregor made a cameo appearance in The Play What I Wrote.


From June 2005 to April 2007, Ewan McGregor starred alongside Jane Krakowski, Douglas Hodge and Jenna Russell in the Donmar Warehouse revival of Guys and Dolls after it transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre in London.


From December 2007 to February 2008, Ewan McGregor starred as Iago in Othello at the Donmar Warehouse alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor as Othello and Kelly Reilly as Desdemona.


Ewan McGregor reprised the role on BBC Radio 3 in May 2008.


Ewan McGregor married Eve Mavrakis, a French-Greek Jewish production designer whom he met on the set of Kavanagh QC, in 1995.


On 19 January 2018, having been separated since May 2017, Ewan McGregor filed for divorce from Mavrakis, citing irreconcilable differences; the divorce was finalised on 13 August 2020.


In May 2017, Ewan McGregor began a relationship with American actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, whom he met on the set of Fargo.


Ewan McGregor is a fan of English football team Manchester City.


Ewan McGregor is involved in charity work, including UNICEF UK since 2004 and GO Campaign.


Ewan McGregor hosted the annual Hollywood gala for the GO Campaign in 2009 and 2010.


Ewan McGregor has worked with the Children's Hospice Association Scotland, as featured in Long Way Down.


In June 2015, Ewan McGregor read Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" for the children's fairy tales app GivingTales in aid of UNICEF, together with other prominent figures such as Sir Roger Moore, Stephen Fry, Dame Joan Collins, Joanna Lumley, and Sir Michael Caine.


In 2007, on an episode of Parkinson, Ewan McGregor said he had been a teetotaller for the last seven years.


Ewan McGregor mentioned this in an interview with the Irish Independent in 2008, stating that he would often turn up to sets drunk or hungover in the late 1990s, and that he decided to stop altogether to avoid spiralling down further.


In 2008, Ewan McGregor had a cancerous mole removed from below his right eye.


Ewan McGregor became a naturalised US citizen after 2016 so he would be able to vote in the 2020 US presidential election.


In 2010, Ewan McGregor was appointed by the French government as a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres.


Ewan McGregor was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to drama and charity.