See what Renton, Spud, Sick Boy et al have been doing over the past 19 years
This month marks 19 whole years since Trainspotting was released.
Yep, it really has been almost two decades since we first heard Ewan McGregor utter that famous line: ‘Choose your future. Choose life… but why would I want to do a thing like that?’
The flick – based on Irvine Welsh‘s 1993 novel – told the story of a group of heroin addicts living in an economically-depressed area of Edinburgh in the late 1980s.
Directed by Danny Boyle, it’s since been voted the public’s favourite Scottish film of all time and was ranked 10th in the BFI’s list of the top British films of the 20th century.
But after finding such success with Trainspotting, where did the cast end up? Read on to see what Renton, Spud, Sick Boy et al are doing now…
Ewan McGregor – Mark ‘Rent Boy’ Renton
Arguably the most recognisable of the Trainspotting cast, Ewan, 43, has since starred in films such as Angels & Demons, the Star Wars prequels and Moulin Rouge.
Remember THAT singing voice? Talented Ewan is a tenor.
He’s a UNICEF ambassador and has been involved in numerous charitable projects, including two gruelling long-haul motorcycle trips with close friend Charley Boorman.
Married to French production designer Eve Mavrakis, Ewan has four children. He was appointed an OBE for services to drama and charity in 2013.
Ewen Bremner – Daniel ‘Spud’ Murphy
Still acting, Ewen‘s appeared in movies including Pearl Harbour and Snatch.
The 43-year-old reunited with Trainspotting co-star Ewan McGregor in Black Hawk Down, Perfect Sense and Jack The Giant Slayer.
A private person, he has a teenage daughter named Harmony. He’s believed to have named her after director Harmony Korine, who he worked with on 1999’s Julien Donkey-Boy.
Kevin McKidd – Thomas ‘Tommy’ MacKenzie
Before deciding on an acting career, Kevin, 41, had planned to be an engineer.
It’s just as well he changed his mind – he’s had a lot of success in the industry. Kevin has portrayed Dr Owen Hunt in American medical drama Grey’s Anatomy since 2008.
He’s also continued to land film roles and done some voiceover work.
Away from the cameras, Kevin dabbles in music. He released a Scottish folk album to raise money for charity Save The Children in 2012.
He has two children with wife Jane Parker.
Robert Carlyle – Francis ‘Franco’ Begbie
After playing psychopath Franco in Trainspotting, Glasgow-born Robert, 53, won a Best Actor BAFTA for 1997’s The Full Monty.
He’s continued to show his acting chops in films such as The 51st State, 28 Weeks Later and Eragon. He’s played Rumpelstiltskin in TV drama Once Upon A Time since 2011.
Robert has three kids with make-up artist wife Anastasia Shirley. In 2008, he admitted that people ‘constantly’ quote to him his Trainspotting line: ‘That lassie got glassed’.
‘It’s going to be on my f*cking tombstone,’ he joked. Cripes!
Jonny Lee Miller – Simon ‘Sick Boy’ Williamson
A month after Trainspotting‘s release, 42-year-old Jonny married his Hackers castmate Angelina Jolie. However, they split 18 months later.
Still a well-known actor, he currently stars alongside Lucy Liu as Sherlock Holmes in CBS drama Elementary. Interestingly, this version of Sherlock is a recovering drug addict.
Jonny wed actress Michele Hicks in 2008, who he has six-year-old son Buster with. He’s an avid marathon runner.
Kelly Macdonald – Diane Coulston
You may recognise Kelly, 38, from her role as Steve Buscemi‘s wife Margaret Thompson in American gangster drama Boardwalk Empire.
But before that, she was the sneaky teen who seduced Ewan McGregor‘s character in Trainspotting.
She only landed the role after seeing a leaflet for an open audition while working as a barmaid in Glasgow. Hard to believe, right?
She’s married to Travis bassist Dougie Payne and the couple have two sons.
Peter Mullan –
‘Mother Superior’ Swanney
Still on the acting scene, Peter, 55, played Yaxley in the Harry Potter series and has scored roles in flicks including Children Of Men and Boy A.
He’s a devoted supporter of Celtic Football Club. Identifying as a Marxist, he’s very vocal about his political beliefs.
Peter has three children with long-term partner Anne Swan.
Susan Vidler – Allison
Susan, 42, played out one of Trainspotting‘s most harrowing scenes when her character’s baby daughter Dawn was found dead from neglect.
So horrifying to film, she’s said she ‘doesn’t think she could go through it again’.
But she was well-accustomed to the sequence before shooting began, having previously appeared in the original stage production.
Susan continues to act both in front of the camera and on stage. She’s married to actor Alastair Mackenzie, who she has children Martha and Freddie with.
Shirley Henderson – Gail
Trainspotting saw Shirley‘s alter ego Gail going home with Ewen Bremner‘s character Spud in a rather, er, awkward encounter.
In real life, the 49-year-old has made a name for herself in flicks such as the Bridget Jones series, Anna Karenina and Marie Antoinette.
Despite being one of the older members of the cast, her youthful looks scored her the role of teenage ghost Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter flicks. Impressive!
In 2013, she starred in Filth, another adaptation of an Irvine Welsh novel.