Distant cousin of The Sound of Music actress Heather Menzies.
Both he and Harrison Ford have worked for director Ridley Scott between Star Wars films. Ford made Blade Runner after Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back , but before Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi . McGregor made Black Hawk Down shortly after filming Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones , and thus before Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith .
His Star Wars character, Obi-Wan Kenobi, goes by the call sign Red Leader in Revenge of the Sith. Wedge Antilles, who was played by his uncle, Denis Lawson, has the same call sign in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi .
In 1987, after leaving school at age 16, he worked as a stagehand at Perth Repertory Theatre and had small roles in their productions.
Was a student in the year-long theatre arts program at Kirkcaldy College of Technology in the fall of 1988.
Studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for three years, graduating in 1992.
He and his uncle, Denis Lawson, have worked with two of the same directors. Both have been in Star Wars films, directed by George Lucas. His first film, Being Human , was directed by Bill Forsyth, who also directed Lawson in Local Hero .
Was originally up for the lead role in The Beach , which would have reunited him with director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge who collaborated with McGregor on Shallow Grave , Trainspotting and A Life Less Ordinary . The role went to Leonardo DiCaprio. While McGregor blames studio influence for the casting decision he has not spoken to either Boyle nor Hodge since.
He met his wife, Eve Mavrakis, while filming for "Kavanagh QC" .
Father of Clara Mathilde (born in February 1996) and Esther Rose (born on 7 November 2001).
Originally auditioned for the role of Mercutio in the 1996 film Romeo + Juliet . He later got his chance to work with "Romeo" director Baz Luhrmann when he was cast as Christian in Moulin Rouge! .
Ranked #36 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list (October 1997).
When filming in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace , he kept imitating the noise of the light saber during his fights. George Lucas explained many times that this would be added in by the special effects people later on. Ewan said "I keep getting carried away.".
Has a nephew (born in 1999).
Born on the same exact day as Isobel Thomas, the "assistant to producer" on Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace , in which Ewan starred.
Studied Alec Guinness' films in preparation for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and to ensure accuracy in everything from his accent to the pacing of his words.
Early career dedicated almost exclusively to indie, low-budget, and non-feature films. When cast as Obi-wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace , an interviewer reminded him of his "aversion" to major films, and he replied "I know what I said, but, hey! This is Star Wars!"
Was the best man at Dougray Scott's wedding in 2000.
September 2001: Attended the Royal Premiere of Moulin Rouge! alongside Kylie Minogue, Prince Charles and Nicole Kidman.
Good friends with Black Hawk Down co-star Hugh Dancy.
Refused to have his wife and kids visit him on the set of _Black Hawk Down _, because he felt the content was too violent and too bloody for them to see.
Received the Film Actor Award for Moulin Rouge! at The Variety Club Showbusiness Awards 2002.
Ranked #8 in the 2001 Orange Film Survey of greatest British actors.
Was presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster at a graduation ceremony in Belfast, Northern Ireland (5 July 2001).
In the film Moulin Rouge! McGregor sang alongside Nicole Kidman.
Was the original choice for the role of Jim in 28 Days Later... , directed by Danny Boyle who has worked with Ewan three times previously (see above).
While he usually takes his family along with him during his movie shoots, he left them at home during the shoot of Young Adam .
Considered for the role of Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl .
Although his motorcycles of choice include an MV Agusta F4S and a KTM Duke, McGregor and pal Charley Boorman each rode a BMW 1150GS Adventure for their marathon trip around the world in _"Long Way Round"_ (mini).
His best friend is actor Charley Boorman, whom he traveled around the world with on motorbikes ("Long Way Round" trip). They met on the set of the 1997 movie The Serpent's Kiss .
Is a good friend of Naveen Andrews, star of the show "Lost" , from drama school.
Ewan, a UNICEF ambassador, adopted a 4-year-old girl from Mongolia, named Jamyan, whom he met while traveling around the world in 2004. (April 2006).
Embarked on a motorcycle trip around the World along with his friend and fellow actor Charley Boorman .
Completed a trip from London to New York 'The Long Way Round' by riding a motorbike east, via Europe, Mongolia, Russia, Alaska and Canada to Manhattan over 115 days in 2004.
His uncle Denis Lawson was considered for the role of "Captain Antilles" in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith .
Was considered to play James Bond in Casino Royale .
Befriended Colin Farrell during the shooting of Cassandra's Dream .