Ewan McGregor is a British actor, singer, and director. He is best known for his roles in Trainspotting and the Star Wars prequel trilogy, which gave him his two biggest career breakthroughs. He is the entrepreneur of Natural Nylon and has appeared in a number of low-budget, artsy Hollywood films before he was offered the indelible roles of Mark Renton and Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Today Ewan celebrates his 49th birthday, and we want to celebrate it by sharing some interesting facts about this versatile actor.
Ewan loves to ride motorcycles and has been on a motorcycle trip around the world along with his friend and fellow actor Charley Boorman. The trip took them 114 days. The trip became a book and eventually a documentary, both called Long Way Round. In 2007, the two of them reunited for a second epic adventure, this time riding their bikes from the northern tip of Scotland to the southern tip of Africa, calling this trip Long Way Down.
McGregor has received major state awards for his work as an actor and his philanthropic endeavors for UNICEF. In 2010, he received the “Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres” from the French government. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Queen’s New Year’s Honors List for his services to drama and charity.
Ewan is very particular about his children being photographed or seen on television. He strongly believes that just because he is famous, that should not give anyone the right to invade their privacy.
To prepare for his role in Trainspotting, McGregor read books about crack and heroin. He also visited an organization for recovering heroin addicts in Glasgow called the Calton Athletic Recovery Group. The group shows up in the movie in a photograph as a football club. In 2007, on an episode of Parkinson, McGregor said he had given up alcohol after a period where he was arguably a functioning alcoholic, and that he had not had a drink in seven years.
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