Ewan McGregor has felt "a tug" to go home to Scotland over the last few years.

The 52-year-old actor left his native Perth in 1971 to attend drama school in London as a teenager and he moved to Los Angeles in 2008 before becoming a US citizen in 2016 but he's since bought himself a £2 million mansion close to his home town because he now feels a longing to go back to his roots.

He told The Sunday Times newspaper: "I've lived in Scotland for less time than I've lived away from it, but I've never lost my love for it.

"I have a home there now."

The 'Trainspotting' star went on to reveal he was unable to see his loved ones in Scotland during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, so he was thrilled when they all jetted to the US for his wedding to second wife Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

He went on: "I didn't see my family for years during COVID, so when I got married to Mary here, they came over and my brother was in an Airbnb up the road.

"I've never had that ability to just pop round to see him because I've lived away."

Ewan revealed he is close to fellow Scot Craig Ferguson, who also lives in the US, and he rang the TV host for advice when he was thinking about buying a house back home.

The actor added: "[Craig] said: 'How old are you, Ewan?' I said 52. And he said: 'Aye, that's it. You get to your fifties and it's time to go home'. I really do feel that tug."

Ewan lives in California with his wife Mary and their young son Laurie, but he's now the owner of a £2 million home which is a 35 minute drive from where he grew up in Perth.

He's believed to have purchased the house in the spring of 2023 so the family can now split their time between Scotland and Los Angeles.

During an interview at an interview at a Comic Con event in Edinburgh last year, Ewan said of his homeland: "What I miss the most about Scotland, is of course my family. My mum and dad and my brother [Colin] and his wife Sarah and my nephew and my niece ...

"I miss the landscape. I miss the air in Scotland. I miss the smell of the rain, the smell of the green and the colours of Scotland. And the people and the culture. I could just keep going on and on."