James McAvoy


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McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to James, a bus driver, and Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary), after his parents divorced when James was 11. He went to St Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Jordanhill, Glasgow, where... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 22 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Filth Bruce
(2013)
Split Dennis / Patricia / Hedwig / The Beast / Kevin Wendell Crumb / Barry / Orwell / Jade
(2016)
Atonement Robbie Turner
(2007)
The Last King of Scotland Dr. Nicholas Garrigan
(2006)

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 2019-2021 His Dark Materials (TV Series)
Lord Asriel
- Episode #3.1 (2021) ... Lord Asriel
- Æsahættr (2020) ... Lord Asriel (uncredited)
- Betrayal (2019) ... Lord Asriel
- The Fight to the Death (2019) ... Lord Asriel (uncredited)
- Lyra's Jordan (2019) ... Lord Asriel
 2021 The Sands Between (Short)
Man
 2021 My Son
Edmond Murray
 2021 Twelve Minutes (Video Game)
Husband (voice)
 2021/VI Together
He
 2021 The Bridge (TV Series)
Narrator
- The Tower (2021) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Betrayal (2021) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Game (2021) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Feast (2021) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Dilemma (2021) ... Narrator (voice)
 2019 It Chapter Two
Bill Denbrough
 2019 X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Professor Charles Xavier
 2019 National Theater Live: Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac
 2019 Glass
Patricia / Dennis / Hedwig / ...
 2018 Watership Down (TV Mini Series)
Hazel
- The Siege (2018) ... Hazel (voice)
- The Escape (2018) ... Hazel (voice)
- The Raid (2018) ... Hazel (voice)
- The Journey (2018) ... Hazel (voice)
 2018 Deadpool 2
Charles Xavier (uncredited)
 2018 Sherlock Gnomes
Gnomeo (voice)
 2017 Submergence
James More
 2017 Atomic Blonde
David Percival
 2016/IX Split
Dennis / Patricia / Hedwig / ...
 2016 X-Men: Apocalypse
Professor Charles Xavier
 2015 Victor Frankenstein
Victor Frankenstein
 2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past
Charles Xavier
 2014 Muppets Most Wanted
UPS Guy
 2013/I Filth
Bruce
 2013/I Trance
Simon
 2013 Welcome to the Punch
Max Lewinsky
 2011 Arthur Christmas
Arthur (voice)
 2011 X-Men: First Class
Charles Xavier (24 Years)
 2011 Gnomeo & Juliet
Gnomeo (voice)
 2010 The Conspirator
Frederick Aiken
 2009 The Last Station
Valentin
 2008 Wanted
Wesley
 2007 Atonement
Robbie Turner
 2007 Vanity Fair: Killers Kill, Dead Men Die (Video short)
The Shutterbug (credit only)
 2007 Becoming Jane
Tom Lefroy
 2006 Starter for 10
Brian Jackson
 2006 Penelope
Johnny / Max
 2006 The Last King of Scotland
Dr. Nicholas Garrigan
 2005 ShakespeaRe-Told (TV Mini Series)
Joe Macbeth
- Macbeth (2005) ... Joe Macbeth
 2004-2005 Shameless (TV Series)
Steve
- True Love (2005) ... Steve
- The Big Day (2005) ... Steve
- The Garden Competition (2005) ... Steve
- Eric (2005) ... Steve
- Grandad (2005) ... Steve
 2004 Rory O'Shea Was Here
Rory O'Shea
 2004 Wimbledon
Carl Colt
 2004 Strings
Hal (English version, voice)
 2003 State of Play (TV Mini Series)
Dan Foster
- Episode #1.6 (2003) ... Dan Foster
- Episode #1.5 (2003) ... Dan Foster
- Episode #1.4 (2003) ... Dan Foster
- Episode #1.3 (2003) ... Dan Foster
- Episode #1.2 (2003) ... Dan Foster
 2003 Early Doors (TV Series)
Liam
- Episode #1.6 (2003) ... Liam
- Episode #1.4 (2003) ... Liam
- Episode #1.3 (2003) ... Liam
- Episode #1.2 (2003) ... Liam
 2003 Bright Young Things
Simon Balcairn
 2003 Children of Dune (TV Mini Series)
Leto Atreides II
- Episode #1.3 (2003) ... Leto Atreides II
- Episode #1.2 (2003) ... Leto Atreides II
- Episode #1.1 (2003) ... Leto Atreides II
 2002 Bollywood Queen
Jay
 2002 Foyle's War (TV Series)
Ray Pritchard
- The German Woman (2002) ... Ray Pritchard
 2002 White Teeth (TV Mini Series)
Josh Malfen
- The Return of Magid Iqbal (2002) ... Josh Malfen
- The Trouble with Millat (2002) ... Josh Malfen
 2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (TV Series)
Gowan Ross
- Payment in Blood (2002) ... Gowan Ross
 2001 The Pool
Mike
 2001 Band of Brothers (TV Mini Series)
James W. Miller
- Replacements (2001) ... James W. Miller
 2001 Murder in Mind (TV Series)
Martin Vosper
- Teacher (2001) ... Martin Vosper
 2000 Lorna Doone (TV Movie)
Sergeant Bloxham
 1997 Behind the Lines
Anthony Balfour
 1997 The Bill (TV Series)
Gavin Donald
- Rent (1997) ... Gavin Donald
 1997 New Voices (TV Series)
Local boy
- An Angel Passes By (1997) ... Local boy
 1995 The Near Room
Kevin
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Other Works:

Stage play: The Reel of the Hanged Man - playing Gerald, at Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 17 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)

Spouse:

Anne-Marie Duff  (divorced)  (1 child)

Children:

McAvoy, Brendan

Parents:

McAvoy (Johnstone), Elizabeth | McAvoy, James

Relatives:

Joy McAvoy (sibling)
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Personal Quote:

[on playing a leading role] When you're playing the lead, you're not just playing the character with the most lines. You're partly leading the company, helping to set the tone and the example of the work ethic. You are colouring the production with every choice you make, and you've got to do that on purpose, and not be so precious and gentle with it. See more »

Trivia:

Is close friends with X-Men co-star Michael Fassbender. See more »

Trademark:

Wavy hair See more »

Nickname:

Floyd See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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