Birth Name: Ewan Gordon McGregor
Place of Birth: Perth, Perthshire, Scotland
Date of Birth: 31 March, 1971
Ethnicity: Scottish, as well as 1/16th German
Ewan McGregor is a Scottish actor and director.
Ewan’s uncle is actor and director Dennis Lawson.
Ewan’s paternal grandfather was James Peter McGregor (the son of James W. MacGregor and Emily Cramb). Ewan’s grandfather James was born in Crieff, Perthshire. Ewan’s great-grandfather James was the son of Alexander McGregor and Janet Stewart. Emily was the daughter of Henry Cramb and Elizabeth McGregor.
Ewan’s paternal grandmother was Isabella McMillan Clark McIndoe (the daughter of Juan/John Charles McIndoe and Mary Forrester Clark). Juan was born in Chile, to a Scottish father, Robert McIndoe, and Wilhelmina Landmann/Kraus, who was likely of German ancestry. Mary Forrester was born in Lanarksh, Scotland, the daughter of George W. Clark and Isabella McMillan.
Ewan’s maternal grandfather was Laurence Lawson (the son of Alexander Dobbie Lawson and Diana McCulloch Brown). Lawrence was born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Alexander was the son of Lawrence Lawson and Elizabeth Dobbie. Diana was the daughter of James Brown and Christina McCulloch.
Ewan’s maternal grandmother was named Phyllis/Phyliss Neno Stamper.
Ewan is married to Eva Mavrakis, a production designer, who is of Greek-Sephardi Jewish ancestry. The couple has four children, including model Clara McGregor. Ewan has said:
I’m not a religious person… I’m married to a Jewish woman, so my children are Jewish and my involvement in religion has more to do with the Jewish faith now and not the Christian faith, which I was very vaguely brought up in… My parents were not religious, but my school had prayers at morning assembly… So my early understanding of religion was the Protestant faith in Scotland. But my experience is no longer that.
Ewan’s daughters had Bat Mitzvah ceremonies.
More information about Ewan’s family’s religion can be read here.
Sources: Genealogy of Ewan McGregor – http://www.geni.com
Partial family history of Ewan McGregor – http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk
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