Top 10 Best Ewan McGregor Movie Roles of All Time Great Scots like this man are known around the world

Ewan Gordon McGregor OBE is a multi-talented actor, singer, and director who’s been wowing moviegoers since the turn of the century. He falls deeply into his roles, which range across the spectrum of genres and character traits. Check out these highlights from the acclaimed filmography of Ewan McGregor.

10. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

McGregor joins Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in this live-action remake of the classic Disney musical. He plays Lumiere, the Beast’s charismatic French bouteiller, who’s transformed into a candelabra.

9. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)

This critically acclaimed film stars McGregor and Emily Blunt as two people who fall in love (leaving their respective spouses in the process) while embarking on a mission to introduce salmon into the Yemen ecosystem.

8. Angels and Demons (2009)

The second film in the Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) film series features McGregor as Camerlengo Father Patrick McKenna, the man who hires an Illuminati assassin to murder the Pope over accepting the existence of the God Particle.

7. A Life Less Ordinary (1997)

Two angels (Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo) are sent to Earth to supervise a love connection between Celine (Cameron Diaz), a woman who just killed her suitor, and Robert (McGregor), a janitor who just kidnapped her.

6. Velvet Goldmine (1998)

Journalist Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) is determined to find out what happened to faded glam rock star Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) after his faked murder. American rocker Curt Wild (McGregor) is instrumental in both men’s lives.

5. Christopher Robin (2018)


The story of Winnie the Pooh is reimagined in a post-Ted world in which Christopher Robin (McGregor) is a grown man who rediscovers his imagination when reunited with his old Pooh bear.

4. Big Fish (2003)

Albert Finney and McGregor play the old and young version of Edward Bloom, a man filled with fantastical anecdotes that his son doesn’t believe. Even on his deathbed, while diagnosed with cancer, he continues his tall tales

3. Star Wars Prequel Trilogy (1999-2005)

McGregor’s contribution to the Star Wars universe is as Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi master who teaches the ways of the Force to both Anakin and Luke Skywalker. While many fans (read old, fat, nerdy men) hate the prequels for no reason, they’re obviously going to shell out the dough needed to see the TV series on Disney+.

2. Moulin Rouge (2001)

McGregor joins an ensemble cast, including Nicole Kidman and John Leguizamo in a musical mashup tale about a penniless writer who falls in love with a whore who mistakes him for a rich Duke. They end up in a twisted series of events that has them both fighting for true love and happiness through greed, lust, and absinthe.

1. Trainspotting (1996)/T2 Trainspotting (2017)


This British black comedy made McGreggor and director Danny Boyle household names. A group of junkies in the suburbs of Edinburgh, Scotland. They commit a string of petty crimes to afford drugs, get HIV, and go through crazy events that Rent Boy (McGreggor) moves to London to get away from. His old life follows him, though, and it stretches into a sequel 20 years later.


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