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Ewan McGregor

Highest Rated:   100% Humpback Whales (2015)
Lowest Rated:   9% Eye of the Beholder (2000)
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Birthplace:   Crieff, Scotland
Ewan McGregor rocketed to fame over a short period of time, thanks to a brilliant turn as a heroin addict in Trainspotting and the good fortune of being selected by George Lucas and co. to portray the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace. Because Menace arrived amid concomitant fanfare and massive prerelease expectations in early summer 1999, McGregor's appearance in the new trilogy drew a whirlwind of media attention and elicited a series of roles in additional box-office blockbusters, launching the then 28-year-old actor into megastardom. Born on March 31, 1971, in the Scottish town of Crieff, on the southern edge of the Highlands, McGregor joined the Perth Repertory Theatre after high school graduation and subsequently trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His studies at Guildhall led to a key role in Dennis Potter's 1993 Lipstick on Your Collar, a made-for-television musical comedy set during the Suez Crisis. That same year, McGregor received first billing in the British television miniseries Scarlet & Black, an adaptation of Henri Beyle Stendhal's 1830 period novel about a young social climber in post-Napoleonic, late 19th century Europe. McGregor made a well-pedigreed cinematic debut, with a bit part in Bill Forsyth's episodic American drama Being Human (1993), starring Robin Williams. The picture, however, undeservedly flopped and closed almost as soon as it opened, rendering McGregor's contribution ineffectual. The actor continued to turn up on television on both sides of the Atlantic until late 1996; some of his more notable work during this period includes his turn as a beleaguered gunman in an episode of ER and the Cold War episode of Tales From the Crypt, in which he plays a vampiric thief. McGregor landed his cinematic breakthrough role with Danny Boyle's noirish, heavily stylized Shallow Grave (1994). In that film, he essays the role of Alex, a journalist who finds himself in a horrendous position after a murder. He appeared in Carl Prechezer's little-seen British surfing parable Blue Juice (1995) and Peter Greenaway's The Pillow Book (1996) before losing almost 30 pounds and shaving his head for his turn as heroin addict Mark Renton in Trainspotting, his sophomore collaboration with Danny Boyle, which gained the attention of critics and audiences worldwide. McGregor then took a 180-degree turn (and projected unflagging versatility) by portraying Frank Churchill in the elegant historical comedy Emma (1996).McGregor continued to work at an impressive pace after Emma, with appearances in Brassed Off (1996), Nightwatch (1998), The Serpent's Kiss (1997), and yet another project with Danny Boyle, the 1997 fantasy A Life Less Ordinary. (The latter film concludes on a raffish note, with an animated puppet of Ewan McGregor dressed in a kilt that bears the McGregor family tartan). In 1998, the actor signed to appear in the Star Wars prequels. (Lucas' decision to hire McGregor for Obi-Wan in the Star Wars prequels was hardly capricious; his uncle, Denis Lawson, had appeared as Wedge Antilles, decades earlier, in the original three installments of the series.) That same year, McGregor contributed a fine performance to Todd Haynes' Velvet Goldmine, with his portrayal of an iconoclastic, Iggy Pop-like singer during the 1970s glam rock era.As the new millennium dawned, McGregor had a full slate of projects before him, including several for his own production shingle, Natural Nylon, co-founded by McGregor and fellow actors Jude Law, Sean Pertwee, Sadie Frost, and fellow Trainspotter Jonny Lee Miller. Pat Murphy's biopic Nora (2000, co-produced by Wim Wenders' banner Road Movies Filmproduktion and by Metropolitan pictures), represented one of the first films to emerge from this production house. As a dramatization of the real-life relationship between James Joyce and Nora Barnacle, Nora stars McGregor as Joyce and Susan Lynch as the eponymous Nora. The actor staye

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
78% T2 Trainspotting
  • Mark Renton
$2.4M 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast
  • Lumiere
$498M 2017
23% American Pastoral
  • Director
  • Swede Levov
$0.6M 2016
71% Our Kind of Traitor
  • Perry
$3.2M 2016
76% Last Days In The Desert
  • Yeshua / The Demon
2016
73% Miles Ahead
  • Dave Brill
2016
39% Jane Got a Gun
  • Colin McCann
$1M 2016
No Score Yet Em Busca da Justiça
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet The Bug
  • Actor
2016
12% Mortdecai
  • Martland
$6.9M 2015
63% Son of a Gun
  • Brendan Lynch
2015
100% Humpback Whales
  • Narrator
2015
71% Thunder and the House of Magic
  • Actor
$1.7M 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • Cowboy at Fair
$37.4M 2014
No Score Yet Born to be King
  • Actor
2014
64% August: Osage County
  • Bill Fordham
$29.3M 2013
44% The Unbelievers
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Charge
  • Narrator
2013
52% Jack the Giant Slayer
  • Elmont
$65.2M 2013
81% The Impossible
  • Henry
$19M 2012
67% Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Dr. Alfred Jones
$4.8M 2012
54% Perfect Sense
  • Michael
$2.1k 2012
80% Haywire
  • Kenneth
$19M 2012
No Score Yet Number 13
  • Actor
2012
84% Beginners
  • Oliver
$5.8M 2011
No Score Yet Fastest
  • Narrator
2011
No Score Yet The Great Pretender
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Battle of Britain
  • Presenter
2011
No Score Yet Astronaut
  • Actor
2011
72% I Love You Phillip Morris
  • Phillip Morris
$2.1M 2010
75% Nanny McPhee Returns
  • Mr. Green
$29M 2010
47% Jackboots on Whitehall
  • Chris
2010
83% The Ghost Writer
  • The Ghost
$11.1M 2010
No Score Yet I, Lucifer
  • Actor
2010
52% The Men Who Stare at Goats
  • Bob Wilton
$32.5M 2009
20% Amelia
  • Gene Vidal
$14.2M 2009
37% Angels & Demons
  • Camerlengo
$133.4M 2009
23% Incendiary
  • Jasper
2009
14% Deception
  • Jonathan McQuarry
$4.6M 2008
46% Cassandra's Dream
  • Ian
$0.9M 2007
66% Miss Potter
  • Norman Warne
$2.9M 2007
No Score Yet Troy's Story: The Legend of Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss
  • Narrator
2007
40% Scenes of a Sexual Nature
  • Actor
2006
34% Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker
  • Ian Rider
$0.6M 2006
No Score Yet The Doctor, the Tornado & the Kentucky Kid
  • Narrator
2006
27% Stay
  • Sam Foster
$3.4M 2005
31% Valiant
  • Valiant
$19.4M 2005
40% The Island
  • Lincoln Six Echo/Tom Lincoln
$35.9M 2005
79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi
2005
64% Robots
  • Rodney Copperbottom
$128.2M 2005
62% Young Adam
  • Joe
$0.7M 2004
53% Faster
  • Narrator
2004
No Score Yet Spooks and Creeps
  • Actor
2004
77% Big Fish
  • Young Ed Bloom
$66.3M 2003
59% Down With Love
  • Catcher Block
$20.2M 2003
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi
$307.9M 2002
No Score Yet In the Wild
  • Host
2002
76% Black Hawk Down
  • Grimes
$108.6M 2001
76% Moulin Rouge!
  • Christian
$55.1M 2001
55% Nora
  • Producer
  • James Joyce
2001
No Score Yet R2-D2: Beneath the Dome
  • Himself
2001
9% Eye of the Beholder
  • the Eye
2000
No Score Yet Anno Domini
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Tube Tales
  • Director
1999
55% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi
$431.1M 1999
30% Rogue Trader
  • Nick Leeson
1999
79% Little Voice
  • Billy
1998
56% Velvet Goldmine
  • Curt Wild
1998
23% Nightwatch
  • Martin Bells
1998
No Score Yet Desserts
  • Actor
1998
39% A Life Less Ordinary
  • Robert
1997
66% The Pillow Book
  • Jerome
1997
79% Brassed Off
  • Andy
1997
No Score Yet The Serpent's Kiss
  • Meneer Chrome
  • Director
1997
83% Emma
  • Frank Churchill
1996
90% Trainspotting
  • Mark Renton
1996
No Score Yet Blue Juice
  • Dean Raymond
1995
70% Shallow Grave
  • Alex Law
1995
50% Being Human
  • Alvarez
1994

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
97% Fargo
2014
  • Emmit Stussy; Ray Stussy
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2016
64% Doll & Em
2014-2015
  • Ewan
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 2007
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Host
  • 2002
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Duncan Stewart
  • 1997

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