Actor Ewan McGregor has starred in mainstream and indie films alike, from Trainspotting to Star Wars and Moulin Rouge. 2014 marked Ewan’s 10 years as a Unicef UK Ambassador.
In 2004 during his motorbike adventure Long Way Round Ewan and his friend Charley Boorman visited Unicef projects in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Mongolia along the way.
In 2007, they embarked on a second adventure for Long Way Down and saw Unicef’s work with child soldiers in Uganda and land-mine awareness programmes in Ethiopia. The same year, they went on to highlight Unicef’s work with children affected by HIV and AIDS through the documentary The Missing Face filmed on a visit to Malawi.
In 2010 Ewan visited Peru with Soccer Aid to raise awareness of child poverty and malnutrition. He actively supports our work during emergencies and continues to tirelessly fundraise and advocate for Unicef’s work for children worldwide.
More recently Ewan visited India, Nepal and the Congo, to make a documentary film on Unicef’s work immunising some of the world’s hardest-to-reach children. The programme Ewan McGregor: Cold Chain Mission was broadcast on BBC2 in April 2012 and was aired globally in 2013.
Last summer, Ewan supported the Unicef Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games partnership, by introducing the collaboration in-stadium on the night of the Opening Ceremony on the BBC. He called on viewers to Put Children First around the Commonwealth which helped to raise over £5 million for children. He also voiced a recording of Baby, I Love You, a baby book given from Unicef, with love, to every baby born in Scotland between the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Games in Australia’s Gold Coast.
You can follow Ewan on Twitter at @mcgregor_ewan.