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Ewan Gordon McGregor


1971 -

Actor. Born in Crieff and educated there at Morrison's Academy, McGregor left school to work at Perth Repertory Theatre. He studied drama at Fife College in Kirkcaldy, before completing his training as an actor in London. He has acted in 25 films since 1993. He came to the fore in the black drama Shallow Grave (1994), set in a flat in Edinburgh's New Town. Further success came with Trainspotting (1996), portraying Edinburgh's drug under-culture. Notably, he took the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars revisit The Phantom Menace (1999), followed by Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005). Other successful films have included Moulin Rouge (2001), Big Fish (2003) and Miss Potter (2006).

An enthusiastic biker, McGregor undertook a notable round-the-world trip which was the subject of the documentary Long Way Round (2004). He also serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List of 2013 for his services to drama and charity.


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