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EWAN McGREGOR (Rodney Copperbottom) was born in 1971 in Crieff, Scotland. Despite a small-town upbringing, he became enthralled with the world of acting from a very early age, largely inspired by his actor uncle, Denis Lawson (of "Local Hero” and "Star Wars” fame). 

Six months before his graduation from London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, McGregor was offered the role of Private Mick Hopper in Dennis Potter's six-part musical comedy television series "Lipstick on Your Collar” (produced by Rosemarie Whitman). Shortly after this first break, McGregor landed his first film role in Bill Forsyth's "Being Human,” where the producer Lord David Puttnam was so impressed by McGregor's abilities that he added extra scenes for him on the spot. 

Following roles in the play "What the Butler Saw” and in a BBC production of "Scarlet and Black,” McGregor starred in the BAFTA winning "Shallow Grave,” which pushed the young Scottish actor into the limelight. His portrayal of Alex Law earned him the Hitchcock D'Argent Best Actor Award and a nomination for Best Actor at the BAFTA Scotland Awards, as well as laying the roots for a highly successful partnership with the director Danny Boyle. McGregor had his first solo male lead in cult director Peter Greenaway's erotic film "The Pillow Book.” 

Although "Shallow Grave” provided McGregor's breakout role, it was his portrayal of smack-addict Mark Renton in author Irvine Welsh's "Trainspotting” that catapulted McGregor to international fame. To prepare for this role, McGregor worked closely with ex-drug addicts who helped provide him with a level of insight needed to tackle the graphic portrayal of drug addiction and withdrawal. "Trainspotting” won a string of prestigious awards, including the BAFTA Scotland award for Best Feature Film, while McGregor himself picked up BAFTA Scotland's Best Actor accolade, and for the second year running, the Empire magazine award for Best British Actor, plus a London Film Critics' Circle Award. 

After the success of "Trainspotting,” McGregor starred opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel "Emma.” He next starred opposite Tara Fitzgerald in Mark Herman's César Award-winning "Brassed Off,” which juggled humor and pathos by portraying the fate of a brass band in a small community threatened by the politically-motivated coal-mine closures in the early 1980s. 

McGregor's U.S. film debut was "Nightwatch,” in which he played the lead role of Marin Belos, a law student who worked part-time as a mortuary night watchman. Walk-on parts in the BBC series "Karaoke” and "Cold Lazarus” provided him with a chance to return to Britain before starring as a handsome Dutch landscape artist in Philippe Rousselot's "The Serpent's Kiss.” 

Following his second short feature for director Justin Chadwick, "Swimming with Fishes,” McGregor teamed with Cameron Diaz in the quirky romantic fantasy "A Life Less Ordinary,” which reunited him with director Danny Boyle. McGregor's character portrayal of Robert won him the Best British Actor award in the 1997 Empire Movie Awards – for the third time in a row. 

McGregor received an Emmy Award for a guest-starring role in an episode of "ER.” He then played a crazed seventies rock star in the glam rock film "Velvet Goldmine,” executive produced Michael Stipe of REM. McGregor next played infamous trader Nick Leeson in "Rogue Trader” opposite Anna Friel. He then teamed again with "Brassed Off” director Mark Herman in the Golden Globe Award winning "Little Voice,” which also starred Jane Horrocks and Michael Caine. 

McGregor landed the coveted role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.” He reprised the role in "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones” and again returns as Obi-Wan in "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.” Set

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