James McAvoy

Actor, Baker
Hailed in 2006 by director Kevin Macdonald as the world's "best British actor under 30 without question," Glasgow native James McAvoy's talent for playing flawed yet sympathetic characters made him an actor to watch for ... Read more »
Born: 04/20/1979 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (48)

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) 2016 (Movie)

Charles Xavier (Actor)

Victor Frankenstein 2015 (Movie)

Victor Von Frankenstein (Actor)

Filth 2014 (Movie)

Bruce (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

UPS Guy (Actor)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her 2014 (Movie)

Conor Ludlow (Actor)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her/Him 2014 (Movie)

Conor Ludlow (Actor)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him 2014 (Movie)

Conor Ludlow (Actor)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: m 2014 (Movie)

Conor Ludlow (Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 2003 - 2004, 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 (Movie)

Charles Xavier (Actor)

Trance 2013 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Welcome To the Punch 2013 (Movie)

Max Lewinsky (Actor)

Arthur Christmas 2011 (Movie)

Arthur (Voice)

Gnomeo & Juliet 2011 (Movie)

Gnomeo (Voice)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

The British Academy Film Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Conspirator 2011 (Movie)

Frederick Aiken (Actor)

X-Men: First Class 2011 (Movie)

Charles Xavier (24 yrs) (Actor)

The British Academy Film Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Station 2009 (Movie)

Valentin Bulgakov (Actor)

Dateline NBC: Going for Gold 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Penelope 2008 (Movie)

Johnny/Max (Actor)

The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Wanted 2008 (Movie)

Wesley Gibson (Actor)

Atonement 2007 (Movie)

Robbie Turner (Actor)

Becoming Jane 2007 (Movie)

Tom Lefroy (Actor)

Starter For 10 2007 (Movie)

Brian Jackson (Actor)

ShakespeaRe-Told 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Last King of Scotland 2006 (Movie)

Nicholas Garrigan (Actor)

Rory O'Shea Was Here 2005 (Movie)

Rory O'Shea (Actor)

Bright Young Things 2004 (Movie)

Simon Balcairn (Actor)

Shameless 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strings 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wimbledon 2004 (Movie)

Carl Colt (Actor)

Frank Herbert's Children of Dune 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

State of Play 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

White Teeth 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Bollywood Queen 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Foyle's War 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Pool 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Band of Brothers 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lorna Doone 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Regeneration 1998 (Movie)

Anthony Balfour (Actor)

The Near Room 1995 (Movie)

Kevin (Actor)

Biography

Hailed in 2006 by director Kevin Macdonald as the world's "best British actor under 30 without question," Glasgow native James McAvoy's talent for playing flawed yet sympathetic characters made him an actor to watch for the new millennium. Officially kicking off his screen career at age 16 in the 1995 thriller, "The Near Room," it would be another eight years before McAvoy landed his big break in the 2003 Sci-Fi Channel original miniseries, "Children of Dune." After a handful of well-received television roles, McAvoy's feature career took off in 2005, starting with a major role in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" (2005), followed closely with a truly impressive turn as an ethically ambiguous physician in the critical hit, "The Last King of Scotland" (2006).

Relationships

Anne-Marie Duff Actor

Wife
Met while co-starring on "Shameless" (BBC) Married Oct. 18, 2006

Mary Johnstone

Grandmother
Raised James after his parents split up

James Johnstone

Grandfather
Raised James after his parents split up

James McAvoy

Father

Elizabeth McAvoy

Mother

Joy McAvoy

Sister
Lead singer with the Scottish girl group Streetside Raised by mother after parents' divorce

Emma Neilson Actor

Companion
Began dating when they were 16 years old No longer together

EDUCATION

St. Thomas Aquinas

Pace Youth Theatre

Trained with Mhari Gilbert

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

(2000)

Milestones

2013

Cast in lead role in Danny Boyle drama-thriller "Trance"

2013

Co-starred in action-drama "Welcome to the Punch"

2011

Voiced title character in animated feature "Arthur Christmas" and star-crossed lover Gnomeo in "Gnomeo & Juliet"

2011

Portrayed Dr. Charles Xavier in "X-Men" film series prequel "X-Men: First Class"

2011

Portrayed an idealistic young lawyer in "The Conspirator," a historical drama film directed by Robert Redford

2009

Starred in "The Last Station," based on 1990 novel by Jay Parini about the final year of Leo Tolstoy's life; also co-starred his wife Anne-Marie Duff

2008

Co-starred as an assassin opposite Angelina Jolie in comic book adaptation "Wanted"

2008

Featured opposite Christina Ricci in "Penelope"; produced by Reese Witherspoon, who also co-starred

2007

Starred in film adaptation of David Nicholls' novel "Starter for Ten"

2007

Co-starred with Keira Knightley in "Atonement," based on Ian McEwan's novel

2006

Played a fictional adviser and personal physician to former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker) in "The Last King of Scotland"

2005

Received widespread recognition for playing Mr. Tumnus in feature adaptation of C.S. Lewis fantasy novel "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

2004

Starred as Steve McBride in Paul Abbott written drama series "Shameless" (Channel 4)

2004

Cast in Stephen Fry's directorial debut "Bright Young Things"

2004

Played an Irish teenager who has muscular dystrophy in "Rory O'Shea Was Here"

2004

Played Paul Bettany's brother in romantic comedy "Wimbledon"

2003

Cast in PBS miniseries "White Teeth"

2003

Cast as Leto Atreides II in Sci Fi Channel miniseries "Children of Dune"

2001

Landed small part in HBO's WWII miniseries "Band Of Brothers"

1997

Cast as Anthony Balfour in Gillies MacKinnon's "Regeneration"

1995

Made acting debut as Kevin Savage in David Hayman's "The Near Room"

Bonus Trivia

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"I like constantly being challenged. The process of storytelling has to change every time. Your understanding of storytelling has to change every time. I really believe you should never act in the same way twice because every story demands its own unique style." – McAvoy to Interview magazine, October 2006

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"I'm 5 foot 7, and I've got pasty white skin. I don't think I'm ugly, don't get me wrong, but I'm not your classic lead man, Brad Pitt guy." – McAvoy to The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 2, 2007

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