James McAvoy Biography

(Scottish Actor)

Birthday: April 21, 1979 (Taurus)

Born In: Glasgow, Scotland

James McAvoy is a well-known Scottish actor who appears in films, TV, as well as on stage. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, McAvoy made his film debut as a teenager in The Near Room where he played a minor role. He hogged the limelight after his role in Bollywood Queen, a British Indian remake of Romeo and Juliet, where he played a lead role. He has appeared in several TV shows as well. However his most significant work on TV was in the British adult comedy drama Shameless where he played one of the main roles. The series did quite well and even won the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series. He has also appeared in several significant plays, such as Three Days of Rain. He has received nominations for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor three times. McAvoy also gained prominence for his role in three films of the X-Men series where he played Professor Charles Xavier, a mutant with the ability to read and control minds. He was also seen in the American spy thriller Atomic Blonde in a lead role. He earned critical acclaim for his role in psychological thriller 'Split.' he reprised the role for sequel 'Glass,' a superhero film. McAvoy is known for his charitable works. He is involved with the British Red Cross and has traveled to Uganda to help raise awareness about their projects.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: James Andrew McAvoy

Age: 45 Years, 45 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Anne-Marie Duff

father: James McAvoy Sr.

mother: Elizabeth Johnstone

siblings: Donald McAvoy, Joy McAvoy

children: Brendan McAvoy

Born Country: Scotland

Actors Scottish Men

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Males

Notable Alumni: Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland

City: Glasgow, Scotland

More Facts

education: Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland

Childhood & Early Life

James McAvoy was born on April 21, 1979, in Glasgow, Scotland. His mother Elizabeth worked as a psychiatric nurse, while his father James McAvoy Sr. worked as a builder. He has a sister named Joy and a half-brother named Donald.

His parents divorced when he was only 7, and because of his mother’s poor health, he was sent to live with his maternal grandparents instead. Since his childhood, he has had no contact with his father.

McAvoy attended a Catholic school named St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary. For a brief period, he had considered becoming a priest and joining the Catholic priesthood.

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James McAvoy made his acting debut at the early age of fifteen in the 1995 film The Near Room. Though he had very little interest in acting at the time, he decided to learn more about the field as he developed feelings for a co-star named Alana Brady. He was also a member of PACE Youth Theatre at the time.

After completing his graduation from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2000, he began appearing in several TV shows, mostly in guest appearances, as well as in movies. His first significant role on the big screen was in the 2001 German film Swimming Pool where he played the lead role.

He also made guest appearances in TV shows, such as Band of Brothers and Foyle's War. His first significant role on TV was in the political thriller series State of Play which aired in 2003. The series, which was created by Paul Abbot and directed by David Yates, became a hit, and also brought McAvoy to popularity.

The same year, he also played a main role in Bollywood Queen which was a British Indian take on the famous play by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet. The film was directed by Jeremy Wooding who won a nomination for The British Independent Film Award for the movie.

Soon, James McAvoy started appearing in Shameless, a British adult comedy-drama series created by Paul Abbott. The show did quite well and after only one series, it won the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series in April 2005.

He continued his work in films and appeared in several films in lead roles as well as supporting roles. Some of them were Wimbledon (2004), Inside I'm Dancing (2004), The Last King of Scotland (2006), Becoming Jane, (2007), Atonement (2007), and Wanted (2008). In 2009, he earned a nomination for Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his remarkable performance in the award-winning play Three Days of Rain.

He gained worldwide popularity after he started appearing in the X-Men series. He first appeared in the 2011 movie X-Men: First Class where he portrayed Professor Charles Xavier, a telepath who could read and control minds. The film did quite well commercially and also received several awards.

After appearing in films such as Welcome to the Punch (2013) and Muppets Most Wanted (2014), as well as in a stage production of Macbeth, the famous play by Shakespeare, he appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past, his second film in the X-Men series. The film was a huge success, grossing over $700 million worldwide.

In 2015, James McAvoy appeared in a stage production of The Ruling Class for which he earned a nomination for Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for the third time. He was also seen in films like X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Split (2016), and Atomic Blonde (2017).

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Major Works

The Last King of Scotland is one of the hit films James McAvoy has appeared in during his career. The film was directed by Kevin Macdonald and it starred McAvoy in a lead role. Other actors included Forest Whitaker, Kerry Washington, Simon McBurney, and Gillian Anderson. The film revolves around the story of a young adventurous doctor, who travels to Uganda, and becomes the personal physician of the new president. The film shows the brutality of the new ruler, through the eyes of McAvoy’s character. The film was a commercial success.

X-Men: First Class is one of the most important and successful works in McAvoy’s acting career. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, the film was the fifth movie of the X-Men film series. The film featured McAvoy in a lead role, where he portrayed Professor Charles Xavier, a powerful telepath. Other actors in the film include Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, and January Jones. The film was a commercial success and also won a few awards. Reviews were mostly positive.

McAvoy also achieved popularity for his work in the 2017 spy thriller Atomic Blonde, where he played a main role. The film was directed by David Leitch, and along with McAvoy, the film also starred actors like Charlize Theron, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, and Toby Jones. The film received mostly favorable reviews.

Awards & Achievements

For his amazing performance in the film The Last King of Scotland, James McAvoy won the BAFTA Rising Star Award, as well as the BAFTA Scotland Award in 2006.

His performance in the 2007 romantic war drama Atonement won him an Empire Award and a London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

His role in X-Men: First Class won him the IGN Award for Best Ensemble Cast in 2011.

He won the London Film Critics Circle Awards three times for British Actor of the Year, for his role in the films Welcome to the Punch, Trance, and Filth, all in 2013. His performance in the film Filth won him three more awards, namely the British Independent Film Award, The Empire Award, and The BAFTA Scotland Award, all three for Best Actor.

Personal Life

James McAvoy started dating Anne-Marie Duff, his co-star in the TV series Shameless, who also played his love interest. They got married in 2006 in a quiet ceremony. They have one son, Brendan, who was born in 2010. In 2016, the couple announced that they would be divorcing and the divorce was finalized the same year. He married Lisa Liberati in February 2022.

Though he was brought up a Catholic, he has stated that he no longer practices this religion. However, he still considers himself a spiritual person.

He is well-known for his charity works. He is involved with the British Red Cross.

McAvoy is also a huge football fan.

James McAvoy Movies

1. Split (2016)

  (Thriller, Horror)

2. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

  (Thriller, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action)

3. X: First Class (2011)

  (Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action)

4. Atonement (2007)

  (Drama, War, Mystery, Romance)

5. Deadpool 2 (2018)

  (Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Action)

6. Inside I'm Dancing (2004)

  (Drama, Comedy)

7. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

  (Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi)

8. The Last King of Scotland (2006)

  (Thriller, Drama, Biography, History)

9. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

  (Family, Fantasy, Adventure)

10. Becoming Jane (2007)

  (Biography, Drama, Romance)

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