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Ewan McGregor|Nicole Kidman|Richard Roxburgh|Jim Broadbent|John Leguizamo



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EWAN|MCGREGOR
Birth Name: Ewan Gordan McGregor
Height: 5' 10½"

Ewan Gordon McGregor was born 31 March 1971 in Crieff, Scotland. At 16, he left Crieff and Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents encouraged him to leave school and pursue his acting goals rather than be unhappy. McGregor studied drama for a year at Kirkcaldly in Fife, then enrolled at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama for a three-year course. He left right before graduating after snagging the role of Private Mick Hopper in Dennis Potter's 1993 six-part Channel 4 series Lipstick on Your Collar (1993 ) (TV). His first notable role was that of Alex Law in Shallow Grave (1994), directed by Danny Boyle, written by John Hodge and produced by Andrew MacDonald. This was followed by The Pillow Book(1996 ) and Trainspotting (1996), the latter of which brought him to the public's attention. He is now one of the most critically acclaimed actors of his generation, and portrays Obi-wan Kenobi in the first three Star Wars episodes. McGregor is married to French production designer Eve Mavrakis, whom he met while working on the TV show "Kavanagh QC" (1994 ). They married in France in the summer of 1995 and have two daughters, Clara Mathilde and Esther Rose. McGregor has formed a production company with friends Jonny Lee Miller, Sean Pertwee, Jude Law and Sadie Frost. Called Natural Nylon, they hope it will make innovative films that do not conform to Hollywood standards.

Resource: IMDB.com

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RICHARD|ROXBURGH
Height
5' 11" (1.80 m)
Spouse
Silvia Colloca(25 September 2004 - present)

Graduated from prestigious Australian theatrical school NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts) in 1986.

One of six children of an accountant.

Went to ANU in Canberra to study economics before deciding to become an actor. Lives in New South Wales on the Eastern beaches.

Has a flat in Notting Hill, London.

Has directed plays in Australia.

Is the youngest of his six siblings.

Played Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty in two different movies.

The mouth piece he wore as the Fantom in "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" (2003) distorted his voice so much that he had to redub his dialogue for the film's release.

Dated Miranda Otto. They both went to NIDA, the famed drama school attended by actors such as Judy Davis, Mel Gibson and Cate Blanchett.

Is engaged to Italian actress Silvia Colloca.

Assumes a different accent and octave-level for each character, with his character's voices ranging from the wimpy, ridiculous screech he used as the Duke for "Moulin Rouge" to his rich, deep Romanian accent as Dracula in "Van Helsing."

Like Christopher Lee and Frank Langella he has portrayed Dracula and Sherlock Holmes, unlike them he played Sherlock Holmes before playing Dracula.

Appears in two films where Victorian British characters are altered in an action packed fantasy setting - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) and Van Helsing (2004).

Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actor category for his performance in the film Van Helsing (2004), he did not receive a nomination however.

Resource: IMDB.com

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JOHN|LEGUIZAMO
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Fast talking and feisty looking Latino actor & comedian who has steadily impressed movie audiences with his versatility from playing sensitive & naive young men, such as "Johnny" in the superb _Hanging with the Homeboys (1991), to cold blooded villain "Benny Blanco from the Bronx" gunning down reformed gangster Al Pacino in _Carlito's Way (1995), a heroic Navy Seal stopping aerial terrorists in Executive Decision (1996) and as drag queen, "Miss Chi Chi Rodriguez", in To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar (1995). Arguably, not since the ill-fated actor and comedian'Freddy Prinze' starred in the smash TV series "Chico and the Man" (1974), has a youthful Latino personality had such a powerful impact on critics and fans alike.

Born July 22, 1964 in Bogota, Colombia...Leguizamo immigrated with his family at the age of four to the US and was raised in Queens, New York City.....attended New York University, and studied under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg for only one day, before he passed away!! The extrovert Leguizamo started working the comedy club circuit in NYC and first appeared in front of the cameras in an episode of "Miami Vice" (1984). His first film appearance was a small part in Mixed Blood (1985), and then other minor in Casulties of War (1989) and Die Hard 2 (1990), before playing a liquor store thief who shoots Harrison Ford in Regarding Henry (1991). His career really started to soar after his wonderful performance in the sensational Hanging With The Homeboys (1991) as a nervous young teenager from the Bronx out for a night in brightly lit Manhattan with his buddies, and facing the career choice of staying in a supermarket, or heading off to college.

The year 1991 was also very memorable for other reasons, as he hit the stage with his show "Mambo Mouth" in which he portrayed seven different Latino characters. The witty & incisive show was a smash hit and won for Leguizamo the Obie & Outer Circle Critics Award, plus it later played on HBO where it picked up a CableACE Award. He returned to the stage approximately two years later, with another satirical production poking fun at Latino stereotypes titled "Spic-O-Rama", that played Chicago & New York, and won the Drama Desk Award and four CableACE Awards.

In 1995, he created & starred in the short lived TV series "House of Buggin" (1995), an all Latino casted comedy / variety show featuring hilarious sketches and comedic routines. The show scored two Emmy nominations, and positive reviews from critics, however it folded after only one season. Gifted Leguizamo was still keeping busy in film with key appearances in Super Mario Bros. (1993), Romeo+Juliet (1996) and Spawn (1997). And in 1998, he made his Broadway debut in "Freak" a "demi-semi-quasi-pseudo-autobiographical" one man show.

Utilising his distinctive vocal talents, he next voiced a pesky rat in Doctor Dolittle (1998), before appearing in the dynamic Spike Lee Summer of Sam (1999) as a guilt-ridden womaniser, as the Genie of The Lamp in the exciting Arabian Nights (2000) and as "Henri Toulouse Latrec" in the visual spectacular Moulin Rouge (2001). Additional voice work followed as "Sid" in the animated Ice Age (2002), alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Collateral Damage (2002), and directing & starring in the boxing film Undefeated (2003). At the time of writing, Leguizamo was in post production for the keenly anticipated remake of the John Carpenter hit Assault on Precint 13 (2005). There can be no doubt that the remarkably talented Leguizamo has been a breakthrough performer for the Latino community in mainstream Hollywood, in much the same way that Sidney Poitier crashed through celluloid barriers for African Americans in the early 1960s. Among his many strengths lies his ability to both not take his ethnic background too seriously, but also that he is proud of his Latin heritage and that he has opened many doors for his countrymen. Definitely, a masterly and accomplished performer, movie audiences await Leguizamo's next exciting performance!!

Resource: IMDB.com

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NICOLE|KIDMAN
Birth name: Nicole Mary Kidman
Nickname: Nic(Or 'Nickers' as Ewan McGregor calls her)
Height: 5' 10½"

Elegant redhead Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Anthony (a biochemist and clinical psychologist) and Janelle (a nursing instructor) Kidman. The family moved almost immediately to Washington, D.C., where Nicole's father pursued his research on breast cancer, then, three years later, made the pilgrimage to her parents' native Sydney. Young Nicole's first love was ballet, but she eventually took up mime and drama as well (her first stage role was a bleating sheep in an elementary school Christmas pageant). In her adolescent years, acting edged out the other arts and became a kind of refuge--as her classmates sought out fun in the sun, the fair-skinned Kidman retreated to dark rehearsal halls to practice her craft. She worked regularly at the Philip Street Theater, where she once received a personal letter of praise and encouragement from audience member Jane Campion (then a film student). Kidman eventually dropped out of high school to pursue acting full-time. She broke into movies at age 16, landing a role in the Australian holiday favorite Bush Christmas (1983). That appearance touched off a flurry of film and TV offers, including a lead in BMX Bandits (1983) and a turn as a schoolgirl-turned- protester in the miniseries "Vietnam" (1987) (mini) (for which she won her first Australian Film Institute Award). With the help of an American agent, she eventually made her US debut opposite Sam Neill in the at-sea thriller Dead Calm (1989). Kidman's next casting coup scored her more than exposure. While starring as Tom Cruise's doctor/love interest in the racetrack romance Days of Thunder (1990), she won over the Hollywood hunk hook, line, and sinker. After a whirlwind courtship (and decent box office returns), the couple wed on December 24, 1990. Determined not to let her new marital status overshadow her fledgling career, the actress pressed on. She appeared as a catty high school senior in the Australian film Flirting (1991), then as Dustin Hoffman's moll in the gangster flick Billy Bathgate (1991). She reunited with Cruise for Far and Away (1992), the story of young Irish lovers who flee to America in the late 1800s, and starred opposite Michael Keaton in the tear-tugger My Life (1993/I). Despite her steady employment, critics and moviegoers still hadn't quite warmed to Kidman as a leading lady. She tried to spice up her image by seducing Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (1995), but achieved her real breakthrough with Gus Van Sant's To Die For (1995). As a fame-crazed housewife determined to eliminate any obstacle in her path, Kidman proved that she had an impressive range and deadly comic timing. She took home a Golden Globe and several critics' awards for the performance. In 1996, Kidman stepped into a corset to work with her countrywoman and onetime admirer, Jane Campion, on the adaptation of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady (1996). A few months later, she tore across the screen as a nuclear weapons expert in The Peacemaker (1997), adding "action star" to her professional repertoire. She and Cruise then disappeared into a notoriously long, secretive shoot for Stanley Kubrick's sexual thriller Eyes Wide Shut (1999). The couple's on-screen shenanigans prompted an increase in public speculation about their sex life (rumors had long been circulating that their marriage was a cover-up for Cruise's homosexuality); tired of denying tabloid attacks, they successfully sued The Star for a story alleging that they needed a sex therapist to coach them through love scenes. Family life has always been a priority for Kidman. Born to social activists (mom was a feminist, dad a labor advocate), Nicole and her little sister, Antonia, discussed current events around the dinner table and participated in their parents' campaigns by passing out pamphlets on street corners. When her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, 17-year-old Nicole stopped working and took a massage course so that she could provide physical therapy (her mom eventually beat the cancer). She and Cruise adopted two children: Isabella Jane (born in 1993) and Connor Antony (born 1995). Despite their rock-solid image, the couple announced in early 2001 that they were separating due to career conflicts.

Resource: IMDB.com

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JIM|BROADBENT
Height:6' 1½" (1.87 m)

One of England's most versatile character actors, Jim Broadbent was born on May 24, 1949, in Lincolnshire, England as the youngest son of furniture maker Roy Broadbent and Sculptress Dee Broadbent. Jim attended a Quaker boarding school in Reading, England before successfully applying for a place at an art school. His heart was in acting and would later transfer to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Following his 1972 graduation, he began his professional career on the stage, performing with the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and as part of the National Theatre of Brent, a two-man troupe in which he co-founded.

In addition to his theatrical work, Broadbent did steady work on television, acting for such directors as Mike Newell and Stephen Frears.

Broadbent made his film debut in 1978 with a small part in Jerzy Skolimowski's The Shout (1978). He went on to work with Frears again in The Hit (1984) and with director Terry Gilliam in Time Bandits (1981) and Brazil (1985), but it was through his collaboration with Mike Leigh that Broadbent first became known to an international film audience. In 1990, he starred in Leigh's Life Is Sweet (1990), a domestic comedy that cast him as a good-natured cook who dreams of running his own business. Broadbent gained further visibility the following year with substantial roles in Neil Jordan's The Crying Game (1992) and Mike Newell's Enchanted April (1992), and he could subsequently be seen in such diverse fare as Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway (1994), Widows' Peak (1994), Richard Loncraine's highly acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare's _Richard III (1996)_ , and Little Voice (1998), the last of which cast him as a seedy nightclub owner. Appearing primarily as a character actor in these films, Broadbent took center stage for Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy (1999), imbuing the mercurial W.S. Gilbert with emotional complexity and comic poignancy. 2001 became Jim's breakthrough year as he starred in 3 critically and commercially successful films. Many would consider him the definitive supporting actor of that year. First, he starred as Bridget's Dad (Colin Jones) in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), which would propel star Renée Zellweger to an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Next came the multiple Oscar-nominated film (including Best Picture) Moulin Rouge! (2001), for which Jim won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA award for his scene-stealing performance has Harold Zidler. Lastly, came the small biopic _Iris (2001)_ for which Jim won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as devoted husband John Bayley to Judi Dench's Iris Murdoch, the British novelist who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. The film would hit home with Jim, since his own mother had past away from Alzheimer's in 1995.

Resource: IMDB.com

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