Ewan McGregor (born 31 March 1971 in Crieff, Perthshire to James McGregor and Carol Lawson) is a Scottish film actor who has had significant success in both mainstream and "art house" movies. McGregor attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Ewan McGregor came to prominence through his role as the heroin addict Renton in the film version of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting (1996). This role followed hard on his movie debut performance in Danny Boyle's 1994 film Shallow Grave. McGregor has also been featured as the male romantic lead in such Hollywood films as Moulin Rouge! and Down With Love, and in the British film Little Voice. He received excellent reviews for his performance in the very grim British film Young Adam (2003), which co-starred Tilda Swinton.
A keen motorcyclist since his youth, McGregor undertook a marathon motorcycle trip with his friend, Charley Boorman (son of famed Irish-based British director John Boorman), in 2004. From mid-April to the end of July, they travelled from London to New York, via central Europe, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Siberia and Canada, for a cumulative distance of 18,887 miles (30,395 km).
The only sections of the trip not undertaken by motorcycle were 580 miles by train in Siberia, due to lack of roads, and a 2505 mile flight from Magadan, Siberia to Anchorage, Alaska. The trip formed the basis of a TV series  and a best-selling book , both called Long Way Round.
He is currently starring alongside Jane Krakowski, Douglas Hodge and Jenna Russell in the Donmar Warehouse production of Guys and Dolls  in London, at the Piccadilly Theatre. He has played the role to much critical acclaim and received the LastMinute.com award for Best Actor in 2005.
McGregor is married to Eve Mavrakis, a French production designer whom he met while filming McGregor's guest appearance on the British television series Kavanagh QC. (He has also appeared on ER)They were married in 1995 and have two daughters, Clara Mathilde McGregor and Esther Rose McGregor.
- McGregor is one of the few major male actors to repeatedly do full-frontal nudity (in Trainspotting, Velvet Goldmine, The Pillow Book, and Young Adam).
- Celebritywonder.com reported in March 2005 that McGregor will no longer sign autographs because he is "sickened" by the exorbitant prices that people charge for it. (He did sign autographs after performances of Guys and Dolls on West End, preferring to sign Guys and Dolls programmes.)
- McGregor's uncle, Denis Lawson, played Luke Skywalker's friend Wedge Antilles in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. In 1977, McGregor and his siblings went to see A New Hope to (among other things) see "Uncle Denis."
- As a teenager McGregor studied at Morrison Academy in Crieff. He left school at the age of 16 to pursue a career in drama which he preferred to school life.
- Based his performance of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Alec Guinness. He actually studied many of Guinness' films, to get his mannerisms accurate.
- Being Human (1993)
- Shallow Grave (1994)
- Blue Juice (1995)
- Brassed Off (1996)
- Emma (1996)
- Trainspotting (1996)
- The Pillow Book (1997)
- A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
- The Serpent's Kiss (1997)
- Nightwatch (1997)
- Velvet Goldmine (1998)
- Little Voice (1998)
- Desserts (1998)
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
- Rogue Trader (1999)
- Eye of the Beholder (2000)
- Nora (2000)
- Anno Domini (2000)
- Moulin Rouge! (2001)
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
- Black Hawk Down (2002)
- Down With Love (2003)
- Young Adam (2003)
- Big Fish (2003)
- Robots (2005)
- Valiant (2005)
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
- The Island (2005)
- Stay (2005)
- Gnomeo and Juliet (2006)
- Flora Plum (2006)