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EWAN McGREGOR (Elmont) can currently be seen starring opposite Naomi Watts in director Juan Antonio Bayona's "The Impossible," a drama based on a true story of one family's terrifying account of the 2004 tsunami. McGregor brings to life the emotional journey of a husband and father vacationing with his family in Thailand when one of the most devastating catastrophes of our time took thousands of lives.
He will next be seen starring in John Wells' film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play "August: Osage County," opposite Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. He soon begins production on Julius Avery's film "Son of a Gun" in Australia.
The actor most recently starred in the slice-of-life film "Beginners," opposite Christopher Plummer, based on director Mike Mills' personal story. The film won Best Ensemble Cast and Best Feature at the 2011 Gotham Film Awards, received the Best Feature nomination at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards, and attention from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. McGregor also garnered acclaim for his recent performance in Lasse Hallstrom's moving film "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," alongside Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas. The film premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and brought McGregor a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination.
From his breakthrough role as the heroin-addicted Mark Renton in Danny Boyle's "Trainspotting," for which he earned a BAFTA Scotland Award nomination, to the legendary Obi-Wan Kenobi in the "Star Wars" film franchise, to starring as Christian, opposite Nicole Kidman, in the Oscar- and BAFTA Award-winning musical "Moulin Rouge!" that brought him Best Actor honors from the London Film Critics Circle, McGregor's career has been highlighted by a continuous string of bold and daring performances.
His diverse film credits include Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire"; Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer," opposite Pierce Brosnan; "Amelia," starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere; Ron Howard's "Angels and Demons," with Tom Hanks; the comedy "I Love You Phillip Morris," opposite Jim Carrey; "Deception," also starring Michelle Williams and Hugh Jackman; the drama romance "Incendiary"; Woody Allen's "Cassandra's Dream"; the biographical drama "Miss Potter"; "Scenes of a Sexual Nature," directed by Edward Blum; Marc Forster's supernatural thriller "Stay," alongside Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling; Michael Bay's "The Island," with Scarlett Johanssen, Djimon Hounsou and Steve Buscemi; "Star Wars: Episode 1- The Phantom Menace," Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith"; the animated films "Robots," directed by Chris Wedge, and "Valiant," directed by Gary Chapman; Tim Burton's "Big Fish," alongside Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Alison Lohman, Jessica Lange and Danny DeVito; "Young Adam," with Peter Mullan and Tilda Swinton, for which he received a London Film Critics Circle Awards nomination and another BAFTA Scotland Award nomination; "Down With Love," opposite Renee Zellweger; Ridley Scott's historical drama "Black Hawk Down"; "Rogue Trader"; the Golden Globe-winning "Little Voice," alongside Jane Horrocks and Michael Caine; and the glam rock "Velvet Goldmine."
McGregor received critical acclaim for his role in Danny Boyle's "A Life Less Ordinary," for which he won the Best British Actor Award for the third time running at the 1997 Empire Movie Awards, the others being for "Moulin Rouge!," "Trainspotting" and another Boyle collaboration, "Shallow Grave." His performance in the BAFTA Award-winning "Shallow Grave" also earned him the Hitchcock D'Argent Best Actor Award. In television, he was lauded by critics and received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor for his role in the NBC series "ER," in the episode titled "The Long Way Around."
McGregor is a devoted and influential philanthropist and serves as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. Additionally, he is the new face of the global British luxury lifestyle brand, Belstaff.
McGregor was born in Perth, Scotland.
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