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Ewan McGregor

Biography

He gained identification seeing that the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Superstar Wars prequel trilogy, and was voted the 36th best professional ever by Empire newspaper in 1997. He in addition has starred in such movies as Big Seafood, Beginners, Men and Dolls and Trainspotting and he was ensemble as Lumiere in the 2017 film Beauty as well as the Beast. While participating in the Guidhall College of Music and Play, he gained the primary function in Lipstick on your own Collar. He produced his film debut as Alvarez in the 1994 film, Being Individual. He performed Nicole Kidman’s like curiosity Christian in the 2001 film musical Moulin Rouge! His uncle and aunt, Denis Lawson and Sheila Gish, may also be actors. He wedded Eve Mavrakis in 1995 and he provides four daughters, Clara, Esther, Anouk and Jamyan. He starred being a heroin addict called Tag Renton in the 1996 United kingdom crime play Trainspotting, that was aimed by Danny Boyle.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ewan McGregor
Date Of Birth March 31, 1971
Place Of Birth Perth, Scotland
Height 1.78 m, 1.77 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Morrison's Academy, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Morrison's Academy
Nationality Scottish, British, Scottish, British
Spouse Eve Mavrakis, Eve Mavrakis
Children Clara Mathilde McGregor, Anouk McGregor, Esther Rose McGregor, Jamyan McGregor, Clara Mathilde McGregor, Anouk McGregor, Esther Rose McGregor, Jamyan McGregor
Parents Carol Diane McGregor, James Charles Stuart McGregor
Siblings Colin McGregor, Colin McGregor
Awards European Film Award for Best Actor, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Sequence, European Film Academy Achievement in World Cinema Award, London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actor of the Year, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, British Independent Film Award – The Variety Award, Empire Award for Best British Actor, European Film Award for Best Actor, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Sequence, European Film Academy Achievement in World Cinema Award, London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actor of the Year, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, British Independent Film Award – The Variety Award, Empire Award for Best British Actor
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, MTV Movie Award for Best Fight, MTV Movie Award for Next Generation, Goya Award for Best Supporting Actor, British Independent Film Award for Best Actor, MTV Movie Award for Best Hero, MTV Movie Award for Best Dance Sequence, AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Rumble, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, MTV Movie Award for Best Fight, MTV Movie Award for Next Generation, Goya Award for Best Supporting Actor, British Independent Film Award for Best Actor, MTV Movie Award for Best Hero, MTV Movie Award for Best Dance Sequence, AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Rumble
Movies Trainspotting, Beauty and the Beast, Moulin Rouge!, T2 Trainspotting, American Pastoral, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, The Impossible, Big Fish, The Island, Shallow Grave, Black Hawk Down, Velvet Goldmine, The Ghost Writer, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Beginners, Last Days in the Desert, Angels & Demons, Down with Love, I Love You Phillip Morris, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Pillow Book, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, A Life Less Ordinary, Young Adam, Jack the Giant Slayer, Brassed Off, Cassandra's Dream, Perfect Sense, Our Kind of Traitor, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Haywire, August: Osage County, Jane Got a Gun, Little Voice, Mortdecai, Emma, Miss Potter, Nightwatch, Miles Ahead, Son of a Gun, Stormbreaker, Robots, Deception, Incendiary, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, The Serpent's Kiss, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Amelia, Eye of the Beholder, Blue Juice, Trainspotting, Beauty and the Beast, Moulin Rouge!, T2 Trainspotting, American Pastoral, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Big Fish, The Island, The Impossible, Black Hawk Down, Shallow Grave, Velvet Goldmine, The Ghost Writer, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Down with Love, Last Days in the Desert, Beginners, Angels & Demons, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I Love You Phillip Morris, The Pillow Book, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, A Life Less Ordinary, Jack the Giant Slayer, Young Adam, Brassed Off, Cassandra's Dream, Our Kind of Traitor, Perfect Sense, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Haywire, Jane Got a Gun, Little Voice, August: Osage County, Mortdecai, Emma, Miss Potter, Miles Ahead, Nightwatch, Stormbreaker, Son of a Gun, Robots, Deception, Incendiary, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, The Serpent's Kiss, Amelia, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Blue Juice, Eye of the Beholder
TV Shows Long Way Down, Race to Dakar, Long Way Round, Scarlet and Black, Lipstick on Your Collar, Fargo, The Impossible: Extras, Islands on the Edge, Jet Set, Long Way Down, Jet Set, Race to Dakar, Long Way Round, Scarlet and Black, Lipstick on Your Collar, Fargo, The Impossible: Extras, Nature, Islands on the Edge
Star Sign Aries

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1 He was due to be interviewed live on "Good Morning, Britain" about "T2: Trainspotting" in January of 2017, but pulled out with less than an hour to go because he found out he was going to be interviewed by Piers Morgan, of whose anti-feminist stance he strongly disapproves.
2 In June 2015, McGregor read Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" for the children's fairytales app GivingTales in aid of UNICEF, together with other British celebrities, Roger Moore, Stephen Fry, Joan Collins, Joanna Lumley, Michael Caine, David Walliams, Charlotte Rampling and Paul McKenna.
3 He took on the role of Frank Churchill in Emma (1996) because he thought it would be something different from his previous role in Trainspotting (1996). He wound up being somewhat embarrassed by his performance, mainly due to the wig he had to wear.
4 McGregor is a fan of the Fremantle Dockers in the Australian Football League.
5 He was considered for the lead role in Doctor Strange (2016) that went to Benedict Cumberbatch.
6 He was considered for the role of Scott Lang in Ant-Man (2015) that went to Paul Rudd.
7 He turned down Paul Bettany's role in Transcendence (2014) due to scheduling conflicts.
8 He was considered for Napoleon Solo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) that went to Henry Cavill.
9 He was originally cast as Eddie Dodson in Electric Slide (2014) with Carey Mulligan as his girlfriend but after years in development, both dropped out and were replaced by Jim Sturgess and Isabel Lucas.
10 He was considered for the role of George Carter in The Sweeney (2012) that went to Ben Drew.
11 He was originally attached to star as Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven (2012), but dropped out.
12 He as cast as King Edward VIII in W.E. (2011), but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. James D'Arcy replaced him.
13 He was Neil Jordan's choice for Cesare Borgia in The Borgias (2011) that went to François Arnaud.
14 He was originally cast in Sam Riley's role in Franklyn (2008), but had to withdraw when he broke his leg in a motorcycle accident.
15 He was considered to voice Bumblebee and Ratchet in Transformers (2007).
16 He was considered for Matt Dillon's role in You, Me and Dupree (2006).
17 He was offered a role in The Boondock Saints (1999) and even met with writer/director Troy Duffy to discuss the film. After a drinking session, they got into an argument over the death penalty and McGregor decided not to do the film.
18 He was offered Paddy Considine's role in In America (2002). At the stage, the film was called "East of Harlem" and he was to co-star with Kate Winslet.
19 He was interested in starring in American Psycho (2000). However, Christian Bale talked him out of the part and he wound up getting it.
20 He was the original choice to play Adolf Hitler in Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003). The role went to Robert Carlyle.
21 He was considered for Jude Law's role in Alfie (2004).
22 He was considered for Hugh Grant's role in About a Boy (2002).
23 He was offered Marton Csokas's role in xXx (2002).
24 He turned down Don Cheadle's role in Ocean's Eleven (2001) due to conflicts with Black Hawk Down (2001).
25 He turned down the lead role in The Matrix (1999) due to his commitment to Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
26 He was considered for the role of Merton Densher in The Wings of the Dove (1997) that went to Linus Roache.
27 He turned down Christopher Eccleston's role in Jude (1996) in favour of Trainspotting (1996).
28 He was up for the male lead in Shopping (1994), losing out to Jude Law.
29 He did his own singing for Moulin Rouge! (2001).
30 Likes to play the guitar and has even written some of his own songs.
31 Features in the music video for English rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen's "Hourglass".
32 Makes an uncredited voice cameo as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
33 First attempted to quit smoking cigarettes in November 2000, only to start again three months later. With the help of a hypnotherapist, he finally kicked the habit for good somewhere between 2008 and 2009.
34 (May 22, 2011) Attended the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival for his film Beginners (2010).
35 (May 12, 2007) Left John O'Groats (Scotland) with friend and actor Charley Boorman, marking the beginning of their 15,000 miles long southward trip on motorbike, Long Way Down (2007).
36 Enjoys playing chess.
37 Adopted a dog on the last day of shooting Beginners (2010).
38 Adopted another girl, Anouk, as an infant in 2011 (her nationality has not been made public).
39 He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2013 Queen's New Year's Honours List for his services to drama and charity.
40 Quit drinking alcohol in November 2000.
41 Older brother, Colin McGregor, is a pilot in the Royal Air Force.
42 Had two moles, one just below his right eye and one on his forehead, removed after doctors advised him to do so, because the one near his eye was cancerous (2008).
43 Good friends with Black Hawk Down (2001) co-star Hugh Dancy and Texas lead singer Sharleen Spiteri.
44 Befriended Colin Farrell during the shooting of Cassandra's Dream (2007).
45 Although his motorcycles of choice include an MV Agusta F4S and a KTM Duke, McGregor and friend Charley Boorman each rode a BMW 1150GS Adventure for their marathon trip around the world in Long Way Round (2004).
46 Was rumored to play James Bond in Casino Royale (2006); however, in interviews he said he'd be tempted if offered, but would turn it down as he didn't want to be tied down to an open-ended series. It is unknown if he was ever under serious consideration.
47 Attended the Royal Premiere of Moulin Rouge! (2001) alongside Kylie Minogue, Prince Charles and Nicole Kidman. [September 2001]
48 His uncle, Denis Lawson, was considered for the role of Captain Antilles in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
49 Considered for the role of Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).
50 His best friend is actor Charley Boorman, whom he traveled around the world with on motorbikes (Long Way Round (2004) trip). They met on the set of the movie The Serpent's Kiss (1997).
51 Before his trip around the world with Charley Boorman, he had a laser eye operation to improve his eyesight, so he did not have to wear glasses or contact lenses.
52 Is near-sighted.
53 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]
54 Cousin of Lou Gish and Kay Curram.
55 Distant cousin of The Sound of Music (1965) actress Heather Menzies-Urich.
56 Has been involved in a campaign against the closure of the maternity wing of Perth Royal Infirmary, the hospital ward where he was born.
57 Refused to have his wife and kids visit him on the set of Black Hawk Down (2001), because he felt the content was too violent and too bloody for them to see.
58 Is a casual supporter of St. Johnstone Football Club.
59 According to stunt coordinator Nick Gillard, he picked up the lightsaber swordfighting style very quickly. In an interview on the DVD of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Gillard commented that Ewan was probably faster than anyone else who was working on the film, including the stunt department.
60 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.
61 His Star Wars character, Obi-Wan Kenobi, goes by the call sign "Red Leader" in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). Wedge Antilles, who was played by his uncle, Denis Lawson, has the same call sign in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
62 Was the best man at Dougray Scott's wedding in 2000.
63 While he usually takes his family along with him during his movie shoots, he left them at home during the shoot of Young Adam (2003).
64 Is good friends with Naveen Andrews, star of the television series Lost (2004), from drama school.
65 When filming in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), he kept imitating the noise of the lightsaber 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.".
66 Ewan and his wife, Eve Mavrakis, have the same initials, even with her maiden name.
67 Was the original choice for the role of Jim in 28 Days Later... (2002), directed by Danny Boyle who has worked with Ewan three times previously (see above).
68 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.
69 Was voted #9 in the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time (Channel 4).
70 Embarked on a motorcycle trip around the world along with his friend and fellow actor Charley Boorman (2004).
71 Both he and Harrison Ford have worked for director Ridley Scott between Star Wars films. Ford made Blade Runner (1982) after Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), but before Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). McGregor made Black Hawk Down (2001) shortly after filming Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), and thus before Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
72 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 (1994), was directed by Bill Forsyth, who also directed Lawson in Local Hero (1983).
73 His brother Colin is part of the RAF's Tornado display team who are based at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.
74 In 1987, after leaving school at age 16, he worked as a stagehand at Perth Repertory Theatre and had small roles in their productions.
75 Was a student in the year-long theatre arts program at Kirkcaldy College of Technology in the fall of 1988.
76 Received the Film Actor Award for Moulin Rouge! (2001) at the Variety Club Show Business Awards 2002.
77 Studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for three years, graduating in 1992.
78 Father of Clara Mathilde (born February 1996) and Esther Rose (born November 7, 2001). Has a nephew (born 1999).
79 Studied Alec Guinness' films in preparation for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) and to ensure accuracy in everything from his accent to the pacing of his words.
80 Born to James Charles Stuart McGregor, a physical education teacher, and his wife Carol McGregor, née Lawson, a teacher and school administrator, he grew up in Crieff, Scotland.
81 Ranked #8 in the 2001 Orange Film Survey of greatest British actors.
82 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 (1999), an interviewer reminded him of his "aversion" to major films, and he replied "I know what I said, but, hey! This is Star Wars!".
83 Slated to start filming 'Nautic' in Jamaica with Heath Ledger in a couple of months. However Ted Demme, who was picked to direct the film died suddenly at age 38 from a heart attack while playing basketball.
84 Resided in North London, England with his family until 2008, when they re-located to Los Angeles.
85 He says that he was inspired to get into show business by his uncle, actor Denis Lawson. Lawson played Wedge Antilles in the original Star Wars trilogy.
86 His first name is pronounced "you-an".
87 Was presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster at a graduation ceremony in Belfast, Northern Ireland (July 5, 2001).
88 In the film Moulin Rouge! (2001), McGregor sang alongside Nicole Kidman.
89 Originally auditioned for the role of Mercutio in the film Romeo + Juliet (1996). He later got his chance to work with "Romeo + Juliet" director Baz Luhrmann when he was cast as Christian in Moulin Rouge! (2001).
90 Was originally up for the lead role in The Beach (2000), which would have reunited him with director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge who collaborated with McGregor on Shallow Grave (1994), Trainspotting (1996) and A Life Less Ordinary (1997). The role ultimately went to Leonardo DiCaprio. While McGregor blamed studio influence for the casting decision, he did not speak to either Boyle nor Hodge for years afterwards, commenting in an interview that he felt betrayed and the friendship was over. However, McGregor and Boyle made amends in 2015, with McGregor stating he has changed his opinion about the whole matter, and has moved on.
91 He met his wife, Eve Mavrakis, while filming for Kavanagh QC (1995).
92 Born at 3:45pm-CET
93 Nephew of Denis Lawson.
94 Ranked #36 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
95 Former roommate of Jude Law. They are still close friends.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Velvet Goldmine 1998 Curt Wild
A Life Less Ordinary 1997 Robert Lewis
The Serpent's Kiss 1997 Meneer Chrome
ER 1997 TV Series Duncan Stewart
Nightwatch 1997 Martin Bells
Brassed Off 1996 Andy
Emma 1996 Frank Churchill
Tales from the Crypt 1996 TV Series Ford
The Pillow Book 1996 Jerome
Karaoke 1996 TV Mini-Series Young Man
Trainspotting 1996 Renton
Blue Juice 1995 Dean Raymond
Kavanagh QC 1995 TV Series David Robert Armstrong
Shallow Grave 1994 Alex Law
Screen One 1994 TV Series Tom Clayton
Being Human 1994 Alvarez
Family Style 1993 TV Short Jimmie
Scarlet and Black 1993 TV Mini-Series Julien Sorel
Lipstick on Your Collar 1993 TV Mini-Series Private Hopper
Zoe 2018 filming
Christopher Robin announced Christopher Robin
The Land of Sometimes pre-production The Wish Collector
Beauty and the Beast 2017 Lumière
Czerwony punkt 2017 Short Brown
T2 Trainspotting 2017 Renton
Now You See It 2017 Short Voiceover (voice)
American Pastoral 2016 Swede Levov
Our Kind of Traitor 2016 Perry
Jane Got a Gun 2015 John Bishop
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens 2015 Obi-Wan Kenobi (voice, uncredited)
Miles Ahead 2015 Dave Braden
Doll & Em 2015 TV Series Ewan
GivingTales 2015 Video Game Narrator: The Little Match Girl (voice)
Last Days in the Desert 2015 Jesus / Devil
Mortdecai 2015 Martland
Son of a Gun 2014 Brendan Lynch
A Million Ways to Die in the West 2014 Cowboy at Fair
August: Osage County 2013 Bill Fordham
Jack the Giant Slayer 2013 Elmont
The Corrections 2012 TV Movie Chip
The Impossible 2012 Henry
Haywire 2011 Kenneth
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 2011 Dr. Alfred Jones
Perfect Sense 2011 Michael
Beginners 2010 Oliver
Jackboots on Whitehall 2010 Chris (voice)
Nanny McPhee Returns 2010 Mr. Green
The Ghost Writer 2010 The Ghost
Amelia 2009 Gene Vidal
The Men Who Stare at Goats 2009 Bob Wilton
Angels & Demons 2009 Camerlengo Patrick McKenna
I Love You Phillip Morris 2009 Phillip Morris
Deception 2008/I Jonathan McQuarry
Incendiary 2008 Jasper Black
Cassandra's Dream 2007 Ian Blaine
Miss Potter 2006 Norman Warne
Scenes of a Sexual Nature 2006 Billy
Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker 2006 Ian Rider
Stay 2005/I Dr. Sam Foster
The Island 2005 Lincoln Six Echo Tom Lincoln
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 Obi-Wan Kenobi
Valiant 2005 Valiant (voice)
Robots 2005 Rodney Copperbottom (voice)
Big Fish 2003 Ed Bloom - Young
Young Adam 2003 Joe Taylor
Down with Love 2003 Catcher Block
Solid Geometry 2002 TV Short Phil
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 2002 Obi-Wan Kenobi
Black Hawk Down 2001 Grimes
Moulin Rouge! 2001 Christian
Anno Domini 2000 Short The Stranger
Nora 2000 James Joyce
Eye of the Beholder 1999 Eye
Rogue Trader 1999 Nick Leeson
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999 Obi-Wan Kenobi
Desserts 1999 Short Stroller
Welcome to Hollywood 1998 Ewan McGregor
Little Voice 1998 Billy

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beauty and the Beast 2017 performer: "Be Our Guest", "Days In The Sun", "Something There", "The Mob Song"
Gimme Danger 2016 Documentary "T.V. Eye"
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cuestión de fe 2008 Short performer: "COME WHAT MAY" - as Edward Mcgregor
Patinando por un sueño 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cassandra's Dream 2007 performer: "Show Me the Way to Go Home"
Miss Potter 2006 performer: "Let Me Teach You How to Dance"
AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture 2005 performer: "Elephant Love Medley"
Down with Love 2003 performer: "Here's to Love"
Moulin Rouge! 2001 performer: "The Sound of Music", "Children Of The Revolution", "Your Song", "The Pitch Medley", "One Day I'll Fly Away", "Elephant Love Medley", "Come What May", "El Tango de Roxanne Medley"
Nora 2000 performer: "She is From the Land"
Velvet Goldmine 1998 "T.V. Eye", "My Unclean", "Gimme Danger"
A Life Less Ordinary 1997 performer: "Beyond the Sea" La Mer
Emma 1996 performer: "Silent Worship", "Virgins Are Like the Fair Flower"
Lipstick on Your Collar 1993 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Long Way Down 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary creator - 6 episodes
Long Way Round 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary creator - 7 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Marley Africa Roadtrip 2011 TV Series documentary co-executive producer - 2011
Long Way Down 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary executive producer - 6 episodes
Long Way Round 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary executive producer - 7 episodes
Nora 2000 co-producer

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Long Way Round 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary camera operator - 3 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Pastoral 2016 directed by
Tube Tales 1999 segment "Bone"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Showreel 2013 TV Series special thanks to - 1 episode
A Backyard Story 2010 grateful acknowledgment
Welcome to Hollywood 1998 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors 2017 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2016-2017 TV Series Himself
Ok! TV 2017 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2013-2017 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Good Morning America 2017 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2017 TV Series Himself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2017 TV Series Himself
American Pastoral: Adapting an American Classic 2017 Video documentary short Himself
Making the American Dream 2017 Video documentary short Himself
The Graham Norton Show 2011-2017 TV Series Himself - Guest
Film '72 1996-2017 TV Series Himself / Himself - Interviewee
National Endowment for the Arts: United States of Arts 2017 TV Series documentary short Himself
Breakfast 2011-2017 TV Series Himself - Interviewee / Himself - Guest
The Bug 2016 Documentary Himself
The British Academy Britannia Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself - Honoree
Made in Hollywood 2011-2016 TV Series Himself
The View 2016 TV Series Himself
Off Camera with Sam Jones 2016 TV Series Himself
Sidewalks Entertainment 2012-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
American Pastoral: Fimmaker Q&A 2016 Video short Himself
Live with Kelly and Ryan 2009-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Today 2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Cinema 3 1996-2016 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Highlands: Scotland's Wild Heart 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Narrator
The One Show 2011-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Rencontres de cinéma 2010-2016 TV Series Himself
Conan 2012-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Making of Our Kind of Traitor 2016 Video documentary short Himself
The IMDb Studio 2015 TV Series short Himself
TFI Friday 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Humpback Whales 2015 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2008-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Commonwealth Games 2014 TV Series Himself - Unicef Appealer
Ice Bear 2014 Documentary Narrator
The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Presenter (uncredited)
Realizing the Impossible: The Making of the Impossible 2013 Video documentary short Himself
Muse of Fire 2013 Documentary Himself
Casting 'The Impossible' 2013 Video short Himself
Janela Indiscreta 2013 TV Series Himself
Lo imposible: Making Of 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Vanity Fair's Hollywood 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
BBC Films TV Commercial 2013 TV Movie Himself
70th Golden Globe Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Nominee
IMDb: What to Watch 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Rotten Tomatoes 2013 TV Series Himself
Hebrides: Islands on the Edge 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Narrator
Charlie Rose 2003-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Katie 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2001-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
CBS News Sunday Morning 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
SAG Foundation Conversations 2012 TV Series Himself
Caiga quien caiga - CQC 2012 TV Series Himself
Premio Donostia a Ewan McGregor 2012 TV Special Himself - Winner
Piers Morgan's Life Stories 2012 TV Series Himself - Fellow UNICEF Ambassador
Nimrod in Cannes 2012 TV Mini-Series Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2010-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Ewan McGregor: Cold Chain Mission 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Buenas noches y Buenafuente 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Hour 2012 TV Series Himself
Entertainers with Byron Allen 2012 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2010-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 38th Annual People's Choice Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
Bomber Boys 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Charge 2011 Documentary Narrator
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2008-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Jonathan Ross Show 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Fastest 2011 Documentary Narrator
Episode II: Crew and Cast Interviews 2011 Video documentary short Himself
Días de cine 2010-2011 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Late Show with David Letterman 2001-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Making It in Hollywood 2011 Documentary Himself
The 2010 European Film Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Winner European Actor
The Battle of Britain 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Gomorron 2010 TV Series Himself - Om Polandski
Justin Lee Collins: Good Times 2010 TV Series Himself
Xposé 2010 TV Series Himself
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Angels & Demons: Characters in the Search of the True Story 2009 Video documentary short Himself
Angels & Demons: Rome Was Not Built in a Day 2009 Video documentary short Himself
Angels & Demons: The Full Story 2009 Video documentary short Himself
Angels & Demons: This Is an Ambigram 2009 Video short Himself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Jay Leno Show 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight 2006-2009 TV Series Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2004-2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
2009 Britannia Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
Deception: Club Sexy 2008 Video short Himself
Exposing 'Deception': The Making of the Film 2008 Video short Himself
Charley Boorman: Ireland to Sydney by Any Means 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
This Morning 2007-2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
Empire Movie Awards 2008 2008 TV Special Himself
Long Way Down 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Parkinson 2001-2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton 2007 TV Series Himself
Making of the 15th Raindance Film Festival 2007 Short Himself
British Film Forever 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
L'hebdo cinéma 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Comic Relief 2007: The Big One 2007 TV Special Himself
Legacy: A Personal History of Barry Sheene 2007 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Famous 2007 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Missing Face 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Movie Rush 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
50 Films to See Before You Die 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Doctor, the Tornado and the Kentucky Kid 2006 Video documentary Narrator (voice)
Top Gear 2006 TV Series Himself
GMTV 2005-2006 TV Series Himself
Corazón de... 2006 TV Series Himself
Scenes of a Sexual Nature: Making of Documentary 2006 Video documentary short Himself / Billy
The Making of Miss Potter 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Happy Birthday Broons! 2005 TV Movie documentary Narrator
It's All for Real: The Stunts of Episode III 2005 Video short Himself
Within a Minute: The Making of 'Episode III' 2005 Video documentary Himself
HBO First Look 2001-2005 TV Series documentary short Himself
Making of: Valiant 2005 Video documentary short Himself / Voice of Valiant
Star Wars: Feel the Force 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Comme au cinéma 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Troldspejlet 2005 TV Series Himself
The Paul O'Grady Show 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway 2005 TV Series Himself
Blue Peter 2005 TV Series Himself
Troy's Story 2005 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Assembling 'Robots': The Magic, the Music, & the Comedy 2005 TV Short documentary Himself
The Making of 'Robots' 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Star Wars Episode III: Becoming Obi-Wan 2005 Short Himself
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 TV Special documentary Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Long Way Round 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Faster & Faster 2004 Himself (voice)
HARDtalk Extra 2004 TV Series Himself
Breakfast with Frost 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
Star Wars: Episode III - The Return of Darth Vader 2004 Video documentary short Himself - Obi-Wan Kenobi
The 100 Greatest Musicals 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tinseltown TV 2003 TV Series Himself
The South Bank Show 2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
The Making of 'Down with Love' 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Tribeca Film Festival Presents 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Faster 2003 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Episode II: Behind the Scenes 2002 Video documentary Himself
From Puppets to Pixels: Digital Characters in 'Episode II' 2002 Video documentary Himself
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones - A Jigsaw Puzzle 2002 Documentary short Himself
The Essence of Combat: Making 'Black Hawk Down' 2002 Video documentary Himself
2002 MTV Movie Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
Nature 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Hollywood Greats 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 TV Special documentary Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Revealed with Jules Asner 2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Beginning: Making 'Episode I' 2001 Video documentary Himself
The Night Club of Your Dreams: The Making of 'Moulin Rouge' 2001 TV Short documentary Himself / Christian
BAFTA: 'Black Hawk Down' Cast & Crew Q&A 2001 Video short Himself
R2-D2: Beneath the Dome 2001 TV Special short Himself (uncredited)
+ de cinéma 2001 TV Series documentary short Himself
In the Wild 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Festival international de Cannes 2001 TV Series Himself
The Polar Bears of Churchill, with Ewan McGregor 2001 TV Movie documentary Presenter
Trips Money Can't Buy 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Film-Fest DVD: Issue 3 - Toronto 2000 Video documentary Stroller (Desserts)
Killing Priscilla 2000 Video documentary Himself
Ruby 2000 TV Series Himself - Guest
When Celebrities Strip 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Unauthorized 'Star Wars' Story 1999 Video documentary Himself
Caiga quien caiga 1999 TV Series Himself
Comic Relief: The Record Breaker 1999 TV Special Himself
1997 MTV Movie Awards 1997 TV Special documentary Himself
Magacine 1997 TV Series Himself
Making of a Life Less Ordinary 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
An Audience with Elton John 1997 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
1996 MTV Video Music Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Nulle part ailleurs 1996 TV Series Himself
Shallow Grave: Digging Your Own Grave 1994 Video documentary short Himself / Alex Law (uncredited)
Passengers 1994 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Masque of Draperie: In the Presence of HM the Queen 1991 TV Movie documentary Thomas Sawyer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Morning Britain 2017 TV Series Himself
The Graham Norton Show 2011-2017 TV Series Himself
Hoy nos toca 2017 TV Series Himself
Gimme Danger 2016 Documentary Curt Wild
Nostalgia Critic 2016 TV Series Obi-Wan Kenobi
The Drunken Peasants 2015-2016 TV Series Obi-Wan Kenobi Obi Wan Kenobi
Star Wars: Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2014 TV Series Himself
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series Christian
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series Himself / Christian
The Many Faces of... 2011 TV Series documentary Billy
Celebrity Naked Ambition 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Top Gear 2010 TV Series Himself
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series Himself
Movie Connections 2007-2009 TV Series documentary Himself / Andy
Nova 2008 TV Series documentary Obi-Wan Kenobi
5 Second Movies 2008 TV Series Obi-Wan Kenobi
Fan-Made Music Videos 2008 TV Series short Ed
20 to 1 2006 TV Series documentary Christian
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters 2006 Documentary Christian (uncredited)
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 2006 Video documentary Himself
Miss Potter: Katie Melua - When You Taught Me How to Dance 2006 Video short Norman Warne (uncredited)
Greatest Before They Were Stars TV Moments 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
VM Show Vol. 2 2005 TV Series Renton
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
Science of Star Wars 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 Video Game Obi-Wan Kenobi
Lego Star Wars: The Video Game 2005 Video Game Obi-Wan Kenobi (uncredited)
The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2002 TV Special Christian (uncredited)
Gomorron 2001 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Capri Ensemble Cast Award Capri, Hollywood August: Osage County (2013) · Abigail Breslin
· Chris Cooper
· Juliette Lewis
· Margo Martindale
· Dermot Mulroney
· Julianne Nicholson
· Julia Roberts
· Sam Shepard
· Meryl Streep
· Benedict Cumberbatch
· Misty Upham
2013 Hollywood Film Award Hollywood Film Awards Ensemble of the Year August: Osage County (2013) · Meryl Streep
· Julia Roberts
· Chris Cooper
· Abigail Breslin
· Benedict Cumberbatch
· Juliette Lewis
· Margo Martindale
· Dermot Mulroney
· Julianne Nicholson
· Sam Shepard
· Misty Upham
2013 NFCS Award Nevada Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Cast August: Osage County (2013) · Abigail Breslin
· Chris Cooper
· Benedict Cumberbatch
· Juliette Lewis
· Margo Martindale
· Dermot Mulroney
· Julianne Nicholson
· Julia Roberts
· Sam Shepard
· Meryl Streep
· Misty Upham
2012 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award San Sebastián International Film Festival
2012 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Special Merit (for best scene, cinematic technique or other memorable aspect or moment) Lo imposible (2012) · Naomi Watts
· Tom Holland
· Samuel Joslin
· Oaklee Pendergast
2011 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Performance Beginners (2010) · Christopher Plummer
· Mélanie Laurent
· Goran Visnjic
· Kai Lennox
· Mary Page Keller
· Keegan Boos
2010 European Film Award European Film Awards European Actor The Ghost Writer (2010)
2010 Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters Order of Arts and Letters, France On February 1, 2010.
2008 Icon Award Empire Awards, UK
2004 BAFTA Scotland Award BAFTA Awards, Scotland Best Actor in a Scottish Film Young Adam (2003)
2002 Variety Award British Independent Film Awards
2002 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best British Actor Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2002 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards British Actor of the Year Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2002 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Sequence Moulin Rouge! (2001) · Nicole Kidman
2002 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Original Song Moulin Rouge! (2001) · David Baerwald (music and lyrics by)
· Nicole Kidman (performed by)
2002 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Adapted Song Moulin Rouge! (2001) · Sting (music and lyrics by)
· José Feliciano (performed by)
· Jacek Koman (performed by)
2002 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2001 Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema European Film Awards Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2001 Actor of the Year Hollywood Film Awards Moulin Rouge! (2001)
1998 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best British Actor A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
1997 BAFTA Scotland Award BAFTA Awards, Scotland Best Actor - Film Trainspotting (1996)
1997 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best British Actor Trainspotting (1996)
1997 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards British Actor of the Year Trainspotting (1996)
1996 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best British Actor Shallow Grave (1994)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Art Cinema Award Hamburg Film Festival Best Feature American Pastoral (2016)
2016 Golden Seashell San Sebastián International Film Festival Best Film American Pastoral (2016)
2014 CinEuphoria CinEuphoria Awards Best Supporting Actor - International Competition Lo imposible (2012)
2014 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast August: Osage County (2013) · Meryl Streep
· Julia Roberts
· Sam Shepard
· Abigail Breslin
· Dermot Mulroney
· Margo Martindale
· Chris Cooper
· Benedict Cumberbatch
· Julianne Nicholson
· Misty Upham
· Juliette Lewis
2014 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture August: Osage County (2013) · Abigail Breslin
· Chris Cooper
· Benedict Cumberbatch
· Juliette Lewis
· Margo Martindale
· Dermot Mulroney
· Julianne Nicholson
· Julia Roberts
· Sam Shepard
· Meryl Streep
· Misty Upham
2014 Seattle Film Critics Award Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Ensemble Cast August: Osage County (2013) · Meryl Streep
· Julia Roberts
· Abigail Breslin
· Juliette Lewis
· Julianne Nicholson
· Sam Shepard
· Dermot Mulroney
· Margo Martindale
· Chris Cooper
· Benedict Cumberbatch
· Misty Upham
2013 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)
2013 Goya Goya Awards Best Supporting Actor (Mejor Actor de Reparto) Lo imposible (2012)
2013 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Most Cinematic Moment Lo imposible (2012) · Naomi Watts
· Tom Holland
· Samuel Joslin
· Oaklee Pendergast
2013 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Acting Ensemble August: Osage County (2013) · Meryl Streep
· Julia Roberts
· Sam Shepard
· Margo Martindale
· Abigail Breslin
· Benedict Cumberbatch
· Chris Cooper
· Julianne Nicholson
· Misty Upham
· Juliette Lewis
· Dermot Mulroney
2013 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble August: Osage County (2013) · Meryl Streep
· Julia Roberts
· Abigail Breslin
· Margo Martindale
· Chris Cooper
· Juliette Lewis
· Julianne Nicholson
· Sam Shepard
· Benedict Cumberbatch
· Dermot Mulroney
· Misty Upham
2012 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Supporting Actor Lo imposible (2012)
2011 Evening Standard British Film Award Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Actor The Ghost Writer (2010)
2010 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Actor The Ghost Writer (2010)
2006 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Hero Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
2006 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) · Hayden Christensen
2005 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Rumble Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
2004 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best British Actor Young Adam (2003)
2004 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards British Actor of the Year Young Adam (2003)
2003 British Independent Film Award British Independent Film Awards Best Actor Young Adam (2003)
2002 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2002 FCCA Award Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actor - Male Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2002 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Moulin Rouge! (2001) · Nicole Kidman
2002 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Adapted Song Moulin Rouge! (2001) · John Lennon (music and lyrics by: All You Need is Love)
· Paul McCartney (music and lyrics by: All You Need is Love and Silly Love Songs)
· Paul Stanley (music and lyrics by: I Was Made for Loving You)
· Desmond Child (music and lyrics by: I Was Made for Loving You)
· Vini Poncia (music and lyrics by: I Was Made for Loving You)
· Phil Collins (music and lyrics by: One More Night)
· Bono (music and lyrics by: Pride - In the Name of Love)
· The Edge (music and lyrics by: Pride - In the Name of Love)
· Adam Clayton (music by: Pride - In the Name of Love)
· Larry Mullen Jr. (music by: Pride - In the Name of Love)
· Kenny Gamble (music and lyrics by: Don't Leave Me This Way)
· Leon Huff (music and lyrics by: Don't Lea
2002 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Acting Ensemble Black Hawk Down (2001) · Eric Bana
· Ewen Bremner
· William Fichtner
· Josh Hartnett
· Jason Isaacs
· Sam Shepard
· Tom Sizemore
2002 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture Moulin Rouge! (2001) · Jim Broadbent
· Nicole Kidman
· John Leguizamo
· Richard Roxburgh
2001 AFI Award Australian Film Institute Best Actor in a Leading Role Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2001 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2001 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble Moulin Rouge! (2001) · Nicole Kidman
· Jim Broadbent
· John Leguizamo
· Richard Roxburgh
2001 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Actor of the Year Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2001 IF Award IF Awards Best Actor Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2000 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Action/Science Fiction Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
2000 IFTA Award Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actor Nora (2000)
2000 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) · Liam Neeson
· Ray Park
1999 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast Little Voice (1998) · Annette Badland
· Brenda Blethyn
· Jim Broadbent
· Michael Caine
· Jane Horrocks
· Philip Jackson
1998 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Dance Sequence A Life Less Ordinary (1997) · Cameron Diaz
1997 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series ER (1994)
1997 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Actor Trainspotting (1996)
1997 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Trainspotting (1996)


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#Quote
1 (On Emma (1996)) "My decision-making was wrong. It's the only time I've done that. And I learnt from it, you know. So I'm glad of that - because it was early on and I learnt my lesson. It's a good film, Emma (1996), but I'm just... not very good in it. I'm not helped because I'm also wearing the world's worst wig. It's quite a laugh, checking that wig out."
2 [After a fan asks him what advice would give for a young Jedi in training] Don't be ridiculous!
3 [on the sometimes questionable food he and Charley Boorman encountered on their Long Way Round (2004) and Long Way Down (2007) motorcycle adventures] Usually, it was something like beans and paste with chunks of bread, but occasionally you'd just have to close your eyes, hold your nose, and hope for the best. The only time we ever got sick was when we ate at hotels. That stuff just sits around in its own botulism.
4 I'm not a religious person... I'm married to a Jewish woman, so my children are Jewish and my involvement in religion has more to do with the Jewish faith now and not the Christian faith, which I was very vaguely brought up in... My parents were not religious, but my school had prayers at morning assembly... So my early understanding of religion was the Protestant faith in Scotland. But my experience is no longer that.
5 You know how swimming naked is such a lovely feeling? Well, being naked on set is kind of a bit like that.
6 [About his falling out and reconciliation with former friend and director Danny Boyle]: I just think I've changed my opinion about it. We've all moved on and there's a lot of water under the bridge.
7 Pay attention: I recognize it can be boring to play with young children - to tell a story over and over again, let's say - but the secret is being there. If you've made a decision to play with your children, then play with them. Don't be looking through papers on your desk or sneaking off to the computer. Turn off your BlackBerry. Lose yourself in their world. Even if you do it for a short time, it will mean a lot to you and to them.
8 [on whether he has remained friends with director Danny Boyle after getting dropped from The Beach (2000) for Leonardo DiCaprio] No, you just don't treat your friends like that. They absolutely made me think that I was playing the character in The Beach and we talked about dates and moving dates and so on, and all the while they were keeping me there just in case Leonardo pulled out - which is really nasty. And then afterwards, I just didn't hear from Danny for years.
9 The Thai perspective on the tsunami I thought was quite a healthy one. They're very straightforward and honest about it, and very much in the present in terms of moving forward.
10 [on The Impossible (2012)] When the script first came to me, I wasn't sure about the idea. Would it be a disaster movie that was somehow spectacular? That would be so wrong. But as I read it, I got caught up in Maria's sense of courage. She seemed like a proper hero. Then I spoke to her and she said, no, that's not what it was about - it was all down to luck. She was really emphatic about that. She said, "If anything I did was heroic, what would that mean for the others who weren't so lucky?".
11 [on quitting drinking] I would soon have gotten a reputation for being a drunk actor and therefore would not get any work, so I really felt it was time to give it up. But I remember doing interviews, drinking and smoking, just saying, "I am never, ever going to fucking stop!" And I said it with real pride, you know? 'Cos I wanted to be the best drinker as well as everything else and that's a really bad slippery slope. So it's much easier now and my work's much better. I find that life in general's much more fun without it. My wife's delighted that I stopped, because I'm much more present in our marriage and I'm a much better father. I remember, funnily enough, the last time I had a drink. I was sitting with these guys and we're all talking about how much we love our kids and I thought, "Well, why are we all sitting in a pub? It's four in the morning. How much do we love our kids? Because tomorrow morning none of us will be any use to them." And I thought, "Fuck it." I don't have a problem with people drinking; it's something I chose not to do. It just took me a long time to grow up.
12 ... There's many different factors in films. The script, I always believe, is the foundation of everything. And if you don't connect to that foundation, if you don't believe in that and feel that you wanna spend three, four months of your life exploring it, then all of the other elements are secondary. But if you've got a great foundation in the script, and you like the story... Sometimes it's the story, sometimes it's the atmosphere in the script, the world that you're gonna create. There's many different things that hook you in, and then, on top of that, you have who's directing, who are the other actors, who's lighting-those creative elements that come in. Everyone's tied to the script. I think the script is the key. Regardless of how great everybody else is working on a film, if you're working on a script that you don't think is great, you're not gonna be able to make a great film. Whereas if the script is great, then you can.
13 I go on my gut instincts. Occasionally, the thought of working for a director pricks up my ears, or being alongside an actor gets me interested, But if the story can't live in my head when I read the script, I feel I can't be bothered to live with it on set.
14 I'm always interested in playing different people, in different situations. It doesn't matter to me whether someone is in love with a man or a woman. I find the idea of love and romance interesting. I'm a sucker for it. I like playing someone who's falling in love because I like the sensation of it. People do extraordinary things when they're falling in love.
15 I like kissing boys on screen. As a straight guy, it's quite an interesting proposition. Anything on a film set that takes you by surprise like that, that gets your blood up, is good.
16 [on I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)] I'm very keen that it's a gay movie. There was quite a lot of talk at Sundance (in 2009) that "Well, it's not a gay movie. It's a film about guys who happen to be gay." And I was thinking, it's nothing but a gay movie. It's about a gay couple, about a man's sexuality, and he comes out. It's not the point of the film, but let's not pretend it's not a gay film.
17 There was talk that Disney fended off the release [of I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)] until after A Christmas Carol (2009) came out. They didn't want kids thinking [Jim Carrey's] Ebenezer Scrooge was a bender.
18 [on rejecting the idea of a Trainspotting (1996) sequel] I wouldn't want to damage Trainspotting (1996)'s reputation, because it was an amazing film and a very important film of its time, a very important film for me and... a very important film for British cinema. I wouldn't want to leave people remembering a poor sequel rather than leaving its reputation where it sits at the moment, which is kind of a phenomenal film.
19 In your 20s, you spend a lot of time being self-conscious about what other people think of you. Then you hit your mid-30s and start to realize they weren't really thinking about you that much.
20 [on his decision to quit cigarettes and alcohol] I wasn't someone who could smoke or drink in moderation, and I recognized that those things would kill me. I started visualizing the doctor telling me that I had cancer from smoking or that I was extremely ill because of how much I'd been drinking. What kind of regret would I have if I had to tell my children or my wife that I was dying because of something I could have done something about? I didn't want to be that kind of man.
21 When I played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, I had to transform myself into a young Alec Guinness. I watched his early work to see what he was like on screen. It is interesting how he is only remembered by people younger than myself for appearing in Star Wars. He played a wealth of characters in lots of films - it was like he was the British film industry.
22 From Velvet Goldmine (1998), I got fond of wearing nail polish and eye makeup. I used to wear it quite a lot. We all wear makeup when we go to events - men and women alike. I've also had some good makeup artists, and I like to let them have a good time. I don't think we should pretend we're not wearing makeup when we are. I quite like the look of it.
23 People are incredibly rude about it sometimes. Like "What? You're married?" Strange reaction to have. Proves what people's ideas about marriage are. "We're having a baby." "What?" As if it's the end of the world. Of course, it's the start of a brilliant world.
24 [on an experience during the filming of A Life Less Ordinary (1997) in Utah] I've got a black woolen hat and it's got Pervert written across the front of it. It's the name of the clothing label. And I was with my wife and my baby at the supermarket and I didn't think. I just put my hat on Clara's head, because it was cold. And the looks. I couldn't figure out why I was getting death looks. And then I realized my 10-month old baby's wearing a hat with the word Pervert written on it and these people were like, "There's Satan! There's Satan out with his kid!". And then I made a point of her wearing it every time we went there.
25 [on his co-star Hayden Christensen] He's quite extraordinary with his moves and spins. I think he was a baton girl in a past life.
26 [Twist magazine] My lightsaber flew out of my hands. No one tells you the sabers have about 10 'D' batteries in them. They burn your hands... I tossed the saber in the air and it ended up hitting a technician in the head.
27 I started watching golf for the first time yesterday. I'm really worried about myself. I was actually enjoying it.
28 [Empire magazine, June 2002] He's quite the gentleman, Obi-Wan. But I don't think he'd have any problems pulling if he wanted to. You know, as a Jedi, he's not allowed to fall in love or get involved with that. So I suppose by now, he's just got really big balls.
29 I've always wanted to go to Hollywood, drive big cars and be in big movies. But I hope I won't do just any film to become a star. I just want to carry on working, acting. I don't want to direct or write. I think making films is brilliant. I get excited just going on a film set. Going on location is amazing, hanging about with all these film people doing their thing. If I bump into a star I get all starstruck.
30 I hated Clueless (1995) with a passion. I thought it would have been a really good film if someone had blown her head off at the end with a really huge gun. I mean, this rich bitch suddenly becomes charitable and then she's okay? And then there's the token black friend. It was so corrupt, so L.A., I hated it.
31 My dad saw my full package in The Pillow Book (1996) and said "I'm glad to see you inherited one of my major attributes.".
32 I'm naked a lot of the time, and they don't try to frame planted pots in front of my dick like they do in most other films. It's all part of the story, but they don't zoom in on it or anything and go, "Cock shot!". I've been naked in almost everything I've been in, really. I have it written into my contract.
33 An airport customs inspector once recognized me from Trainspotting and strip searched me looking for drugs.
34 [on his sex appeal] I smoke a lot. I drink far too much-I don't exercise. I torture small animals.
35 [on coming home to Scotland] There is some really good crack when I come back here. This is where I learned to swear.
36 Nicole, Knickers, as I call her. I would swear, burp and fart in front of her. I'd try and embarrass her and she would pretend to be shocked. I always played up on that. It was a real elder sister-younger brother relationship.
37 [on learning how to use a gun in Black Hawk Down (2001)] Lying down from 50 feet, I was perfect. So I could really kill someone. Which is always good to know.
38 [on Moulin Rouge! (2001)] Starting with a party scene for 600 cast and end up singing on top of a giant elephant... does it get any better than this?
39 [on researching for Moulin Rouge! (2001)] I needed to go and just find out exactly what it meant to be out and having fun in a kind of hedonistic and debauched environment. That's right, something I wasn't familiar with.
40 [Aussie World Weekly magazine, 2002] In real life, you don't get up with the sheet after you've had sex. It's not like I'll play a carpenter and wear nothing but a tool belt while constructing a dresser. That's just not safe.
41 I like George Lucas and Tim Burton because there's no messing about. No 100 takes of me walking through a door. They know what they want and when they get it, we move on. Naming no names but, with some directors, it's take after take and take 22 is the exact same as the first one.
42 [on acting with digital characters in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)] The guy who's creating that character will create their responses off how you respond to their responses which aren't there. It's a nightmare!
43 Movies are so draining. They pull away from the actor, but theater just fills you up. I needed my fix.
44 I've always thought as an actor, I'm not very clever about that, not very clear on it. My choices aren't about "Okay, if I choose this film, that will let me carry on," you know. Whether it is a big budget movie or a small budget movie, that isn't part of my decision.
45 Filmmaking is like a series of problems that need to be solved. And the excitement, the adrenaline that you get from making a small film is that you all have to pull together. You finish and you feel like you're walking away from your family. I love that.
46 I am a married man. I haven't been personally involved with all my leading ladies. It would maybe be somewhat glamorous if I had been, but I have not.
47 It's strange to explain off camera what you have done in this or that scene. How redundant, like an artist explaining his painting. As much as I like watching movies I've been in, I can't watch myself in interviews. People shouldn't know how we do it.
48 [on Star Wars Episodes I and II] I love talking to kids about it, because they have great questions about how things work: "Do you have your lightsaber with you?".
49 Acting to mid-air is odd. There's a perverse pleasure to it when you get it right, but often you don't. Aliens are really hard. On the second one [Star Wars: Episode II] I was doing the scene with those tall ones - actually, I quite fancied the female one - and they've got actors there who will actually be providing the voices for the characters. They wore blue hard hats with cardboard cut-outs of heads taped on top of them. So you've got to remember not to talk to the people but to talk to the hats.
50 [on Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)] Doing the second one was interesting, because I'd never had to go back to play a character again. It was three years between the two episodes. It was a bit easier because I was more used to the technical demands. In other films you rehearse, crack the scene and shoot it. In Star Wars, that's not the case. It's a very different process with an enormous amount of bluescreen work. It's very difficult - you play scenes with people who aren't there.
51 Then I watched the first episode of Star Wars over and over again. I loved it as a kid. It was a bit funny to be paid for it. I'd say to my wife, "I've got to go and watch Star Wars again, Sorry. I just haven't quite got it..." Brilliant.
52 [on playing Obi-Wan Kenobi] That was my challenge - to be a young Alec Guinness. People would come up and say to me, "You sound a bit like Alec Guinness. Did that just happen?" No! It's my job, you know? The thrilling bit about it was I immersed myself in Alec Guinness movies, and I found this great one called The Promoter (1952). God, it's a brilliant film.
53 ...as an actor there's nothing better than a great moody moment to play with nothing to say. It's so much easier to do because you can really get inside your head.
54 It's not my job to try and alter the director's style - he's in charge, and I'll always give him my trust. I think what happens is that you learn how to deal with it if you're not getting the support you need or if you're not being pushed. Occasionally you're doing two jobs at once: you're fooling the director into thinking you've taken his note while doing what you think is better. It hasn't happened very often, but it's an awful thing when you lose your trust in a director. But it's not for me to say.
55 It taught me a lesson which was an actor should not say, "I won't do that." Once you've agreed the script, you must be willing to go as far as it needs to go on set. With some directors, you do the scene and they say that it's fine, but you think to yourself, "Is that really enough? Is there not more?".
56 My brother is two years older than me and he was brilliant at everything, it seemed. He was captain of the cricket and rugby teams. We had this rather archaic system of head boys and prefects at my school. I was in my fourth year - in Scotland we finish school in our sixth year - and my brother had become head boy and brilliant at everything: academia, sports. In fact, all the things I wasn't good at. Then he left and I couldn't get my head round anything, so I became depressed and got in trouble a lot. I remember my mother driving me one night through heavy rain, with the windscreen wipers going. It was the first half term of my fifth year and she said that she'd spoken to my dad and that I could leave school if I wanted to. I'd only assumed that I'd have to stick it out until I was 18, but here I was being offered the chance to leave at 16. My whole world opened up. I couldn't believe it. And I was out, as soon as she said those words.
57 My uncle would appear back from London, where he lived in the 70s, in sheepskin waistcoats and beads and no shoes. As an actor he had something about him that I liked and wanted to have. So that's one element: to be like my uncle, to be different.
58 [My fans] say, "I've seen Star Wars and Moulin Rouge! What else should we try to see you in?". I always tell 'em to get The Pillow Book (1996). That would be a bit of an eye-opener for them, wouldn't it?
59 I fight cynicism. It's too easy. It's really boring. It's much harder to be positive and see the wonder of everything. Cynicism is a bunch of people who aren't as talented as other people, knocking them because they make them feel even more untalented.
60 I was with a friend of mine recently who was dying and while he was lying there with his family around his bed, I just knew that was it, that was the best you can hope for in life - to have your family and the people who love you around you at the end.
61 I won't buy into the Hollywood thing... I want to be in good movies.
62 It's a great feeling of power to be naked in front of people. We're happy to watch actual incredible graphic violence and gore, but as soon as somebody's naked it seems like the public goes a bit bananas about the whole thing.
63 Isn't Halle Berry the most beautiful woman? I have a film I'd like to be in her with. I mean, I'd like to be with her in" - At the 2002 Golden Globe Awards commenting to Melissa Rivers on Halle Berry, who just walked by.
64 I've been waiting nearly twenty years to have my own lightsaber. Nothing's cooler than being a Jedi Knight.
65 I'm doing my bit for the women's movement. The women have always been naked in movies and now I'm just desperate to take my clothes off as much as possible.
66 Actually, I really want to play Princess Leia. Stick some big pastries on my head. Now, that would be interesting.

#Trademark
1 Mole on his forehead, until he had it removed
2 Red hair and blue eyes
3 Scottish accent
4 Mischievous smile

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