Ewen won the BAFTA Scotland Best Actor award for his performance in Trainspotting 2. His many other credits include Wonder Woman, Trainspotting, Snowpiercer, and Black Hawk Down. Ewen has worked with many of the most respected directors in world cinema, including Danny Boyle, Mike Leigh, Ridley Scott, Bong Joon-ho, Woody Allen and Werner Herzog.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he left school at 16 and began working widely in theatre, television and film for many years before being cast in his break out role in Trainspotting (1996), helmed by Oscar winning director Danny Boyle. Having originated the role of Mark Renton in Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre production, Bremner made waves opposite Ewan McGregor and earned screen immortality with his character’s infamous “speed fueled” job interview scene. Prior to Trainspotting, Bremner gave a striking performance in Mike Leigh’s Naked, starring opposite David Thewlis.
In 1999, Bremner received critical acclaim and awards for his performance in Harmony Korine’s Julien Donkey-Boy. Filmed strictly in accordance with the ultra-realist tenants of Lars Von Trier’s Dogma 95 movement, it starred Bremner as its eponymous hero.
Ewen’s other credits include Pearl Harbor, Jack The Giant Slayer, Match Point, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, Snatch, Perfect Sense, Worriker Trilogy, Great Expectations, Death at a Funeral, Alien vs. Predator, and TNT’s punk rock Shakespeare drama, Will.
Ewen has also worked extensively in theatre and his credits include God of Hell (Donmar Warehouse), Damascus (Traverse), Trainspotting (Bush Theatre), The Present (Bush Theatre), Gormenghast (Lyric Hammersmith) and The Conquest of the South Pole (Traverse/Royal Court).