Ewan McGregor is considered one of today’s finest actors, with a diverse line-up of roles across a multitude of genres. From his breakthrough role as the heroin-addicted Mark Renton in “Trainspotting,” to the legendary Obi-Wan Kenobi in the second released “Star Wars” trilogy, to starring as Christian in the Oscar and BAFTA Award-winning musical “Moulin Rouge!” McGregor’s career has been highlighted by a continuous string of bold performances.
McGregor recently won an Emmy Award for his performance as Roy Halston in the Netflix limited series “Halston.” The series, which he also executive produces, follows the meteoric rise and fall of the first American celebrity fashion designer. Also produced by Ryan Murphy, it was released in Spring 2021. McGregor also received critical acclaim in FX’s Emmy-winning drama “Fargo” for his dual role as brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy in season three of the anthology series. In 2018, McGregor won both Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for his work on the show.
McGregor recently began production on “Raymond and Ray,” Apple’s upcoming film that follows half-brothers Raymond (McGregor) and Ray who have lived in the shadow of a terrible father. He recently wrapped production on “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” the special event series for Disney+ where he reprises his acclaimed role of Obi-Wan. McGregor also executive produced the series. The series will be released in 2022.
In the Fall of 2020, McGregor was seen starring in the third iteration of his motorcycle documentary series, “Long Way Up.” Apple TV+ released the series and McGregor executive produced it as well. Earlier in February 2020, McGregor was seen as the villainous Roman Sionis in “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” alongside Margot Robbie. In 2018, McGregor starred in “Christopher Robin,” the second feature of the franchise focusing on the real-life story of “Winnie the Pooh” author A.A. Milne. That same year, McGregor starred in Drake Doremus’ “Zoe,” opposite Léa Seydoux and Theo James. In 2017, he reprised his role as Renton in “T2 Trainspotting,” opposite Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle, earning a BAFTA Scotland Award nomination. Additionally, McGregor starred in the live-action adaption of “Beauty and the Beast,” lending his voice to the role of Lumière. Released in March 2017, the film grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide.
McGregor made his directorial debut with “American Pastoral,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. McGregor also starred opposite Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in the film, which was released in October 2016.
On the stage, McGregor made his Broadway debut as Henry in Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning play “The Real Thing,” directed by Sam Gold. The play opened on October 30, 2014 and ran until January 4, 2015 at the American Airlines Theatre in New York.
McGregor has been repeatedly honored for his work on the big screen, recently including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his performance in “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”; and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nomination as part of the ensemble cast of John Wells’ film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play “August: Osage County.” He also garnered Empire Award, London Critics Circle Film Award and British Independent Film Award nominations and won a BAFTA Scotland Award for his work in “Young Adam.” He earned his first Golden Globe nomination and won an Empire Award and a London Critics Circle Film Award for his performance in “Moulin Rouge!,” also sharing in a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast. Earlier in his career, he won three consecutive Empire Awards: in 1996 for “Shallow Grave”; in 1997 for “Trainspotting,” for which he also won a BAFTA Scotland Award; and in 1998 for Danny Boyle’s “A Life Less Ordinary.” In 1997, the London Critics Circle named him the British Actor of the Year, for his work in “The Pillow Book,” “Trainspotting,” “Brassed Off” and “Emma.” For his role in “Shallow Grave,” McGregor also won the Hitchcock D’Argent Best Actor Award. On television, McGregor was nominated for an Emmy Award, for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, for his role in the NBC television series “ER.”
His long list of film credits also includes Susanna White’s “Our Kind of Traitor”; Rodrigo García’s “Last Days in the Desert”; Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead”; Gavin O’Connor’s “Jane Got a Gun”; Julius Avery’s “Son of a Gun”; David Koepp’s “Mortdecai”; J.A. Bayona’s “The Impossible”; “Jack the Giant Slayer”; Mike Mills’ “Beginners”; Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire”; Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer”; Mira Nair’s “Amelia”; Ron Howard’s “Angels & Demons”; “I Love You Phillip Morris,” opposite Jim Carrey; “Deception,” opposite Michelle Williams and Hugh Jackman; “Incendiary”; Woody Allen’s “Cassandra’s Dream”; “Miss Potter,” opposite Renée Zellweger; “Scenes of a Sexual Nature”; Marc Forster’s “Stay”; Michael Bay’s “The Island”; “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” “Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones” and “Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith”; the animated films “Robots” and “Valiant”; Tim Burton’s “Big Fish”; “Down With Love” opposite Zellweger; Ridley Scott’s “Black Hawk Down”; “Rogue Trader”; the Golden Globe-winning “Little Voice”; and the glam rock film “Velvet Goldmine.”
McGregor serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.