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 & 38 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)

Filmography

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 2019-2022 His Dark Materials (TV Series)
Lord Asriel
- Episode #3.1 (2022) ... 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
 2020-2022 The Sandman (Podcast Series short)
Morpheus
- Brief Lives - Part 9 (2022) ... Morpheus (voice)
- Brief Lives - Part 8 (2022) ... Morpheus (voice)
- Brief Lives - Part 7 (2022) ... Morpheus (voice)
- Brief Lives - Part 6 (2022) ... Morpheus (voice)
- Brief Lives - Part 5 (2022) ... Morpheus (voice)
 2022 The Sandman (TV Series)
Golden-Haired Man
- Dream of a Thousand Cats/Calliope (2022) ... Golden-Haired Man (voice)
 2022 The Bubble
James McAvoy
 2021 The Sands Between (Short)
Man
 2021/I My Son
Edmond Murray
 2021 Twelve Minutes (Video Game)
Husband (voice)
 2021/VI Together
He
 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 (30 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

Played "Joe" in a revival of Brian Friel's "Lovers" - Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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


Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)

Spouse:

Anne-Marie Duff  (divorced)  (1 child) | See more »

Children:

Brendan McAvoy

Parents:

Elizabeth McAvoy (Johnstone) | James McAvoy

Relatives:

Joy McAvoy (sibling)
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Personal Quote:

[on one of the deleted scenes in Filth (2013)] So we got money from Belgium and thought, 'Right, dogs***king scene - that's happening in Belgium'. It was a strange day, getting humped by a dog. It wasn't just the dog, it was also the camera and the boom. There were a lot of different things humping my leg at different times of the day. My favourite bit of that scene is when I get it in my mouth ... See more »

Trivia:

Said the script for Atonement (2007) was the best he had ever read. See more »

Trademark:

Wavy hair See more »

Nickname:

Jamesy Boy See more »

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