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"What Episode I star has been called 'the biggest thing out of Scotland since argyle socks'?"
―An Episode I preview question from Star Wars Trivial Pursuit indicating Ewan McGregor[3]

Ewan Gordon McGregor, born March 31, 1971 in Crieff, Scotland, is a well-known Scottish film actor who has had significant success in mainstream, independent, and art-house films.

Biography[]

"George Lucas wanted to do something very different with the prequels. That's why people felt cheated. It was upsetting when people would laugh and joke about it. Now, many years later, the prequels meant a lot to the generation that were kids then. So from smirking, cynical opinions, now I'm getting feedback from the kids they were made for. I'm really happy about that."
―Ewan McGregor on the prequel trilogy[src]

Ewan McGregor was born on March 31, 1971.[2] He grew up in Crieff, Scotland. At five years old, McGregor joined his brother Colin at the local boarding school, Morrison's Academy. At school, he developed musical talent, playing drums and winning an award for the French horn. He could also sing quite well. He had a talent for acting also, and his first credit came along at six years old as King David in Crieff South Church's David and Goliath. His biggest inspiration for acting came in the form of Denis Lawson, Ewan's uncle. Lawson portrayed Rebellion pilot Wedge Antilles in all three episodes of the original trilogy.[4]

Ewan McGregor portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace, and an older one in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.[5]

Since the news about the sequel trilogy was announced, he expressed interest in coming back to the series if asked to. He made a brief audio appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens as Kenobi's voice calling out to Rey in her Force-induced visions.[6]

On August 23, 2019, it was announced at D23 that McGregor would be reprising his role as Kenobi in Obi-Wan Kenobi on the Disney+ streaming service.[7] The series is set ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith.[8] The series was originally going to start streaming on May 25, 2022.[9] On March 21,2022, McGregor announced that the premiere would be pushed back to May 27,2022, and the first two episodes would premiere together.[10]

Filmography[]

Year Title Series Contribution(s)
1999 The Phantom Menace Obi-Wan Kenobi
2002 Attack of the Clones Obi-Wan Kenobi
2005 Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan Kenobi
2015 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens Voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi[11]
2019 "Yoda vs Count Dooku – Size Matters Not" Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi
2019 "Jedi vs. Sith - The Skywalker Saga" Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi
2019 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker Voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi
2022 "Episode 1" Obi-Wan Kenobi Obi-Wan Kenobi, Executive Producer[8]

Bibliography[]

Year Title Contribution(s)
2017 The Phantom Menace Read-Along Storybook and CD Voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi
2017 Attack of the Clones Read-Along Storybook and CD Voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi
2017 Revenge of the Sith Read-Along Storybook and CD Voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi

Sources[]

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Notes and references[]

  1. SWYTlogo.png Star Wars: The High Republic Characters Revealed, Your Cute Pets, and more! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Star Wars Year By Year: A Visual History, Updated and Expanded Edition
  3. Star Wars Trivial Pursuit
  4. James Hatfield. Ewan McGregor: Rising to the Stars. Berkley Boulevard, 1999. ISBN 0-425-16900-6. ""Lawson, who played the only other X-wing pilot besides Luke Skywalker to battle the Empire's dark forces and survive, was Ewan's uncle.""
  5. Revenge of the Sith DVD disc two
  6. TwitterLogo.svg James Arnold Taylor (@jatactor) on Twitter: "@t_betts94 yes, it was me originally but they replaced my version with Ewan. I guess if I'm gonna be replaced it should be him! 😀" (backup link)
  7. StarWars.com The Galaxy Far, Far Away Just Got A Little Bigger… on StarWars.com (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 ILMlogo.svg Obi-Wan Kenobi on ILM.com (backup link)
  9. SWYTlogo.png Obi-Wan Kenobi | Teaser Trailer | Disney+ on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  10. SWYTlogo.png Obi-Wan Kenobi | Announcement | Disney+ on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  11. TwitterLogo.svg James Arnold Taylor (@jatactor) on Twitter: "@t_betts94 yes, it was me originally but they replaced my version with Ewan. I guess if I'm gonna be replaced it should be him! 😀" (backup link)

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