McGregor, Ewan: Actor Profile

Ewan McGregor plays Camerlengo Patrick McKenna in “Angels & Demons,” which is being released May 15, 2009 by Sony Pictures.

Born in Scotland, McGregor (Camerlengo Patrick McKenna) started acting with the Perth Repertory Theatre, and was still a student at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama when he won a leading role in Dennis Potter’s BBC series, “Lipstick on your Collar.”  He has worked steadily ever since.

McGregor played the lead role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas’ celebrated three prequels to his initial Star Wars trilogy.  He made his feature debut in Bill Forsyth’s Being Human and the next year won widespread acclaim for Shallow Grave, his first collaboration with director Danny Boyle. In 1996 he starred in Boyle’s critically hailed Trainspotting as junkie Mark Renton.

Early film credits include Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow, Brassed Off and Little Voice (both for director Mark Herman), Philippe Rousselot’s The Serpent’s Kiss Danny Boyle’s A Life Less Ordiinary with Cameron Diaz, and Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmine.  At this time he also guest starred in “E.R.” and was nominated for an Emmy for his performance.

In 2001, McGregor starred opposite Nicole Kidman in Baz Luhrmann’s musical Moulin Rouge!.  The same year he made Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down.

McGregor also starred in Deception opposite Michelle Williams as well as Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream, opposite Colin Farrell.  Additionally, McGregor also starred in Miss Potter and Down with Love, both opposite Renee Zellweger; Young Adam, Tim Burton’s Big Fish with Albert Finney, and the animated comedy Robots.  He starred in Michael Bay’s The Island opposite Scarlet Johansson, and in Marc Forster’s Stay with Naomi Watts.

McGregor debuted on the West End stage as Sky Masterson in the Donmar Theatre’s multi-award-winning production of “Guys and Dolls.”  He then revisited the stage again in 2008 when he starred in the critically acclaimed West End production of “Othello.”

Upcoming films include the thriller Incendiary, in which he will reunite with co-star Michelle Williams; I Love You, Phillip Morris, opposite Jim Carrey and Amelia, co-starring Hillary Swank.  He has recently completed filming on Men Who Stare At Goats, also starring George Clooney, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey.  His documentary series “Long Way Down,” which chronicled the actor’s motorbike trip from Northern Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa premiered on August 2nd, 2008 on Fox Reality Channel.  

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