Ewan McGregor made his acting debut in 1993 in the British television series Lipstick on Your Collar. He followed this one year later by appearing in Bill Forsyth's Being Human and Danny Boyle's thriller Shallow Grave. Two years later, he played heroin addict Mark Renton in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting which won him international recognition.
In 1999, he played the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi in the first of the Star Wars prequel trilogy Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace; the character was originally played by Alec Guinness in the first Star Wars trilogy. He played the role again in its sequels Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). In 2022, he reprised his role in the miniseries of the same name on Disney+.
For his role as Christian in the 2001 musical Moulin Rouge! he received his first nomination for a Golden Globe, for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Eleven years later, he was nominated for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012), in the same category. In 2010, McGregor's performance as the Ghost Writer in Roman Polanski's psychological thriller The Ghost Writer won the European Film Award for Best Actor. In 2016, McGregor made his directorial feature film debut in American Pastoral. He reprised the role as Renton in the sequel film T2 Trainspotting (2017).
|†||Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|1993||Lipstick on Your Collar||PTE Mick Hopper||6 episodes|
|Scarlet and Black||Julien Sorel||4 episodes|
|1994||Doggin Around||Tom Clayton||Television film|
|1995||Kavanagh QC||David Robert Armstrong||Episode: "Nothing But the Truth"|
|1996||Karaoke||Young Man||Episode: "Tuesday"|
|Tales from the Crypt||Ford||Episode: "Cold War"|
|1997||ER||Duncan Stewart||Episode: "The Long Way Around"|
|2002||The Polar Bears of Churchill with Ewan McGregor||Himself||Documentary series|
|2004||Long Way Round|
|2007||Long Way Down|
|2010||The Battle of Britain||Documentary|
|2012||Ewan McGregor: Cold Chain Mission|
|The Corrections||Chip Lambert||Unaired pilot|
|2013||Hebrides: Islands on the Edge||Narrator||Documentary series|
|2015||Doll & Em||Himself||2 episodes|
|2016||Highlands: Scotland's Wild Heart||Narrator||Documentary series|
|2017||Fargo||Emmit Stussy / Ray Stussy / Android Minsky's Scientist Companion||10 episodes|
|2019–2020||Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures||Obi-Wan Kenobi (voice)||2 episodes (archive material)|
|2020||Long Way Up||Himself||Documentary series|
|Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury||Narrator||Documentary series|
|2022||Obi-Wan Kenobi||Obi-Wan Kenobi||6 episodes|
|1998||Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs||Joe Orton||Hampstead Theatre|
|2005||Guys and Dolls||Sky Masterson||Piccadilly Theatre|
|2014||The Real Thing||Henry||American Airlines Theatre|
|2008||Star Wars: The Force Unleashed||Obi-Wan Kenobi||PSP version only|
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- "Deborah Chow to Direct Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Exclusively on Disney+". 27 September 2019. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
- Breznican, Anthony (20 December 2015). "Obi-Wan and Yoda are secretly in Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
- Sharf, Zack (13 June 2018). "'The Shining' Sequel: Ewan McGregor Bringing Adult Danny Torrance to the Big Screen in 'Doctor Sleep'". IndieWire.
- "'Birds of Prey' Villain Will Be Black Mask, One of Batman's Deadliest Foes". TheWrap. 11 August 2018.
- James, Caryn (11 March 2023). "'You Sing Loud, I Sing Louder' Review: Ewan McGregor and Daughter Clara McGregor in an Uneven Parent-Child Drama". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 March 2023.
- Andreeva, Nellie (20 May 2016). "'Fargo': Ewan McGregor Set As the Lead In Season 3 Of FX Limited Series In Dual Role". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
- "TV-Filming Returns to Central Park, as Ewan MacGregor Struts His Stuff in 'Halston'". West Side Rag. 20 November 2020. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
- Hennigan, Adrian (18 July 2021). "Jerusalem Gets Starring Role in New CNN Documentary". Haaretz. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
- Schmidt, JK (21 August 2020). "Star Wars: Lucasfilm Exec Confirms Obi-Wan Kenobi Is a Limited Series on Disney+". ComicBook.com. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
- "Future Lucasfilm Projects Revealed". StarWars.com. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
- Stasio, Marilyn (30 October 2014). "Broadway Review: 'The Real Thing' with Ewan McGregor". Variety. Retrieved 9 December 2014.