Follow TV Tropes


Creator / Ewan McGregor

Go To

"I met this fucking dude in person, I was working on some awards show and there he's standing, right there, and I was like, fuck! I was blown away. Like, Jesus Christ, he's fucking beautiful. And he looked at me and he's like, "Hello", and I was like, I fucking shivered, I started shivering, like fuck! Fucking gorgeous!"

Ewan Gordon McGregor OBE (born 31 March 1971 in Perth, Scotland) is a Scottish-American actor.

Internationally known for his role in the Star Wars prequels but spends just as much time with niche, indie, and art house films.

Works with pages on TV Tropes:

Film roles

Television roles

Theatre roles

Tropes associated with his work:

  • Dyeing for Your Art: He's a brunette. Note his blond hair in I Love You Phillip Morris.
  • Fake American: He's Scottish, but frequently plays American characters. He eventually obtained American citizenship in 2016.
  • I Am Not Spock: Or, in his case, he is not Obi-Wan Kenobi. He does prefer to distance himself from the famous Jedi Master, though that's not to say he didn't enjoy working on the Star Wars prequels. He's gone on to say that he'd be willing to return to the role and explore what happened to Obi-Wan in the gap between the two trilogies. He was happy when he reprised his role as a voice cameo in Episode VII, and he's set to play Obi-Wan again in a Disney+ series centered on the character.
  • One for the Money; One for the Art: His reason for doing many of his blockbuster films is to get enough money so he can concentrate on smaller films that would give him little payment—usually Scottish indie films.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: His American accent in I Love You Phillip Morris and Fargo and French accent in Beauty and the Beast (2017) do waver from time to time.
  • Playing Their Own Twin: Though they are not technically twins, McGregor portrays both Tom Lincoln and his clone Lincoln Six Echo in The Island. He also pulls double duty as Emmit and Ray Stussy in the third season of Fargo- but this is actually a case of Acting for Two as, contrary to popular belief, the brothers are not twins (they ARE relatively close in age, but Ray is slightly younger- which is a major plot point in the series).
  • Promoted Fanboy: "I've been waiting nearly twenty years to have my own light saber. Nothing's cooler than being a Jedi Knight." Purportedly, he had trouble filming the action scenes because he wouldn't stop making lightsaber sounds (if you look close, you can even see his mouth moving during some of the lightsaber duels!). Denis Lawson, who played Wedge Antilles in the original trilogy, is his uncle.
  • Star-Making Role: His roles as Renton in Trainspotting and Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels made him famous.
  • Typecasting: He turned down the role of James Bond in Casino Royale (2006) so this wouldn't happen.


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: