James McAvoy


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McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. 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, ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 17 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

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 His Dark Materials (TV Series) (post-production)
Lord Asriel
- Episode #1.3 (2019) ... Lord Asriel
- Episode #1.2 (2019) ... Lord Asriel
- Roger (2019) ... Lord Asriel
 2019 It Chapter Two
Bill Denbrough
 2019 Dark Phoenix
Professor Charles Xavier
 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 / Steve McBride
- Episode #2.10 (2005) ... Steve
- Episode #2.4 (2005) ... Steve
- Episode #2.3 (2005) ... Steve McBride
- Episode #2.2 (2005) ... Steve
- Episode #2.1 (2005) ... Steve McBride
 2004 Rory O'Shea Was Here
Rory O'Shea
 2004 Strings
Hal (English version, voice)
 2004 Wimbledon
Carl Colt
 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 An Angel Passes By (TV Movie)
Local boy
 1997 Behind the Lines
Anthony Balfour
 1997 The Bill (TV Series)
Gavin Donald
- Rent (1997) ... Gavin Donald
 1995 The Near Room
Kevin
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Other Works:

(1st - 26th March 2005) Stage play: Breathing Corpses - playing Ben, at Royal Court Theatre (Upstairs), London. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 16 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Instagram | Useful Talent Profile

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on working with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen] It will be interesting when Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick and I are all working on 'X-Men'. We might have a Macbeth-off. I might just go, "My Macbeth's better than your Macbeth... And your Macbeth: hmm, not so sure." See more »

Trivia:

In order to secure a career in Hollywood, McAvoy masked his Glaswegian accent, often convincing directors and producers that he was English. Even M. Night Shyamalan was fooled when he cast him in Split (2016); the director thought all along that he was English. See more »

Trademark:

Scottish accent See more »

Nickname:

Jamesy Boy See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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