Ewan McGregor

In perhaps one of the fastest rises in Hollywood, actor Ewan McGregor emerged onto the scene six months shy of graduating drama school to star in his first miniseries. A mere two years later, he was the toast of the independent circuit with his brave performance in Danny Boyle's highly regarded "Trainspotting" (1996), which propelled the young actor to stardom virtually overnight. Ever since his acclaimed portrait of a heroin addict struggling to put his drug days behind him, McGregor was a consistent presence in features like "Emma" (1996) and "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997) as well as blockbusters like smash musical, "Moulin Rouge" (2001). Never shy to speak his mind, he routinely lambasted big budget Hollywood movies, only to find himself playing one of the most beloved characters in one of the most popular film franchise of all time. As Obi-Wan Kenobi in the three "Star Wars" prequels - "The Phantom Menace" (1999), "Attack of the Clones" (2002) and "Revenge of the Sith" (2005) - McGregor deftly channeled the character created by Sir Alec Guinness, while at the same time making it his own. Alternating between smaller indies such as Mike Mills' "Beginners" (2010) and "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" (2012) with mainstream features ranging from dysfunctional family drama "August: Osage County" (2013) to Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" (2017), McGregor remained a viable performer capable of playing just about any role he wished.