Ewan McGregor has revealed he had skin cancer.

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The Moulin Rouge star insists he is “fine” after having several cancerous moles removed from just below his right eye.

Ewan decided it was “best to be looked at” by doctors after realising his pale skin meant he was at a greater risk of developing the potentially fatal disease.

The 37-year-old actor explained to the BBC: “I just went to have them checked, you have to be careful if you’re pale skinned and you spend time in the sun, with moles.

“I went to see a specialist who thought they were better to be removed, and indeed he was correct. The surgery was not that big of a deal.”

When asked if he found the experience frightening, he replied sarcastically: “It was great fun having skin cancer, it was great, I really enjoyed it!”

Ewan married French production designer Eve Mavrakis in 1995. The couple have two daughters, six-year-old Esther Rose and two-year-old Clara Mathilde.

They also have an adopted four-year-old daughter Jamiyan, who they brought to the UK from Mongolia in 2006.

Ewan is currently starring in thriller Deception alongside Michelle Williams and Hugh Jackman.