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Newsmaker: Ewan McGregor

Actor Ewan McGregor plays a man-about-town in the new romantic comedy, "Down With Love." Co-starring Renee Zellweger, this is an ode to the classic Doris Day/Rock Hudson comedies. The movie opens today.

Actor Ewan McGregor plays a man-about-town in the new romantic comedy, "Down With Love." Co-starring Renee Zellweger, this is an ode to the classic Doris Day/Rock Hudson comedies. The movie opens today.

Early years: McGregor was born on March 31, 1971, in the Scottish town of Crieff. He attended Morrison Academy until the age of 16, when he left Crieff to gain theatrical experience at Perth Repertory Theatre.

He then moved to London and trained for three years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Career: Before graduating in 1993, McGregor got an early break in "Lipstick on Your Collar," a six-part television series. The same year, McGregor made his feature film debut in "Being Human."

He was also in "Shallow Grave," which won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film.

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McGregor's breakthrough film was "," in 1996. He also had leading roles in "Emma," and in " ."

The following year he starred as a glam-rocker in "." He has replaced Sir Alec Guiness as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the "Star Wars" series, and appeared in "Nora," "Moulin Rouge!" and "Black Hawk Down."

Personal: McGregor married French production designer Eve Mavrakis in 1995. They have two daughters. McGregor has a passion for film and racing motorcycles. He has, with friends, formed a production company called Natural Nylon, which is aimed at making innovative films that don't conform to Hollywood standards. Jimmy Stewart is one of McGregor's biggest inspirations.

In his words: "I'm a bit insecure. Being famous doesn't make me think I'm any better than I am. It makes me panic."

Web link: www.ewanspotting.com

Sources: Britmovie.co.uk, Ablazing-celebrity-posters.com

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