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Often hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation, Ewan McGregor consistently captivates audiences with a diverse line-up of roles across a multitude of genres, styles and scope.

McGregor will soon star opposite Naomi Watts in The Impossible, a drama based on a true story of one family’s terrifying account of the 2004 tsunami and the compelling events as they fought to survive in the face of disaster. Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, McGregor will bring 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. The film is set for release in December 2012. Following The Impossible, Ewan will star in Warner Bros. Jack the Giant Killer, a modern take on the popular fable, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” directed by Bryan Singer. The film is set for release in March 2013.

The actor was most recently seen starring in Focus Features’ slice-of-life film, Beginners (2010), opposite Christopher Plummer, and based on director Mike Mills’ personal story. The film won for 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 terrific acclaim for his recent performance in Lasse Hallström’s moving film Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) alongside Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas. The film premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

From his breakthrough role as the heroin-addicted Mark Renton in Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting (1996), to the legendary “Obi-Wan Kenobi” in Star Wars Episode 1 (1999), to starring as “Christian” opposite Nicole Kidman in the Oscar and BAFTA award-winning musical Moulin Rouge (2001), McGregor’s career has been highlighted by a continuous string of bold and daring performances. His diverse film credits include: Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire (2011); Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer (2010), opposite Pierce Brosnan; Amelia (2009), starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere; Ron Howard’s Angels and Demons (2009) with Tom Hanks; the comedy I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) opposite Jim Carrey; Deception, also starring Michelle Williams and Hugh Jackman; the drama romance, Incendiary (2008); Woody Allen's Cassandra’s Dream (2007); the biography drama, Miss Potter (2006); Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006) directed by Edward Blum; Marc Forster’s supernatural thriller, Stay (2005), alongside Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling; Michael Bay’s The Island (2005)with Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou and Steve Buscemi; Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III (2005); the animated films Robots (2005) directed by Chris Wedge, and Valiant (2005) directed by Gary Chapman; Tim Burton’s Big Fish (2003)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; Down With Love (2003) opposite Renee Zellweger; Ridley Scott’s historical drama Black Hawk Down (2001); Rogue Trader (1999); the Golden Globe®-winning film Little Voice (1998), alongside Jane Horrocks and Michael Caine; and the glam rock film, Velvet Goldmine (1998).

The actor received critical acclaim for his role in Danny Boyle’s A Life Less Ordinary (1997), in which he won the Best British Actor Award (for the third time running) at the 1997 Empire Movie Awards. He reprised his first male lead in The Pillow Book (1996) and for his role in the BAFTA award-winning Shallow Grave (1994), McGregor was honored with the Hitchcock D’Argent Best Actor Award and a nomination for Best Actor at the BAFTA Scotland Awards.

On television, McGregor was lauded by critics with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Guest Actor for his episodic role in the CBS television series ER titled, “The Long Way Round” (1997). 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, and currently resides in Los Angeles.


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