EWAN MCGREGOR (Henry) has proven himself as a true actor time and again, from his breakthrough role as the heroin-addicted Mark Renton in Irvine Welsh's TRAINSPOTTING, to the legendary Obi-Wan Kenobi in STAR WARS: EPISODE I, to starring as "Christian" opposite Nicole Kidman in the Academy Award and BAFTA award winning musical MOULIN ROUGE! directed by Baz Luhrmann.
He was most recently seen starring in Focus Features' slice-of-life film, BEGINNERS opposite Christopher Plummer, based on director Mike Mills personal story. BEGINNERS recently won for Best Ensemble Cast and Best Feature at the 2011 Gotham Film Awards. The film also received the Best Feature nomination at the upcoming 2012 Independent Spirit Awards and attention by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
McGregor was also seen starring in CBS Films' SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN staring alongside Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas. Based on the novel of the same name, the story is about a fisheries expert (McGregor) who is approached by a consultant (Blunt) to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, the film premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
McGregor's other film credits include DOWN WITH LOVE (2002) opposite Renee Zellweger and then Tim Burton's BIG FISH (2003), alongside Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Alison Lohman, Jessica Lange and Danny DeVito. McGregor landed the part of Obi-Wan Kenobi in STAR WARS: EPISODE I -- THE PHANTOM MENACE, the legendary role once played by Sir Alec Guinness. Director George Lucas then invited him back to star in the sequels; STAR WARS: EPISODE II -- ATTACK OF THE CLONES(2002) and STAR WARS: EPISODE III -- REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005). He took a turn as a reputable author hired to write the memoirs of controversial former British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan) in Roman Polanski's THE GHOST WRITER. Incarcerated at the state penitentiary, Phillip Morris (McGregor) and Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) fall in love in the comedy I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS. Also Marc Forster's supernatural thriller, STAY, alongside Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling, Michael Bay's THE ISLAND (2005) alongside Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou and Steve Buscemi, the animated films ROBOTS (Dir. Chris Wedge) and VALIANT (Dir. Gary Chapman), SCENES OF A SEXUAL NATURE (Dir. Edward Blum), MISS POTTER (Dir. Chris Noonan), Woody Allen's CASSANDRA'S DREAM (2008), INCENDIARY, THE TOURIST, ANGELS AND DEMONS and AMELIA. He also starred in Ridley Scott's BLACK HAWK DOWN and went on to film YOUNG ADAM with Peter Mullan and Tilda Swinton, for which he received a London Film Critics Circle Awards nomination.
Prior to those many outstanding roles and projects, he was reunited with director Danny Boyle in A LIFE LESS ORDINARY, with Cameron Diaz, a role which won him the Best British Actor award (for the third time running) in the 1997 EMPIRE Movie Awards. Also in 1997, McGregor received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor for his role in the ER episode, THE LONG WAY ROUND. He also played opposite Michael Stipe in the glam rock film, VELVET GOLDMINE, followed by a portrayal of the infamous trader Nick Leeson and his spectacular fall from grace in ROGUE TRADER opposite Anna Friel. He teamed up again with BRASSED OFF director Mark Herman in the Golden Globe-winning LITTLE VOICE, alongside Jane Horrocks and Michael Caine.
McGregor starred in the BAFTA award winning SHALLOW GRAVE as the romantic lead as a French adventurer Julien Sorel in the BBC's production of SCARLET AND BLACK. SHALLOW GRAVE was named Best Film at the 1994 Dinard Film Festival and the film won the 1994 BAFTA Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year and the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Feature Film. McGregor's 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 then went on to portray the shifty London drug-dealer Dean Raymond opposite an up-and-coming Catherine Zeta-Jones, followed by his first solo male lead in Peter Greenaway's erotic art-house film THE PILLOW BOOK.
McGregor was born in Perth, Scotland and lives in Los Angeles.
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