James McAvoy

  • 18 February 2005

Date of birth

21st April, 1979







James McAvoy (born 21.4.1979) James McAvoy is a Scottish actor, perhaps best known for his roles in The Last King of Scotland and Atonement.

Childhood: James McAvoy was born to Elizabeth and James McAvoy in Lee-London. His mother was a psychiatric nurse and his father a builder. After his parents divorced when he was seven, James was sent to live with his grandparents in Drumchapel, Glasgow.

As a child, James McAvoy attended the Catholic St. Thomas Aquinas school in Glasgow and it has been reported that he briefly considered joining the priesthood. Whilst at school, James McAvoy was a member of the PACE Youth Theatre and then graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Acting Career: James McAvoy's first significant acting roles came in 1995, with a performance in David Hayman's The Near Room and another in Pat Barker's Regeneration two years later. However, it wasn't until 2001 that he had his big break, when he landed a role in the Steven Spielberg-directed TV series Band of Brothers. The series also starred Damian Lewis and Ron Livingstone.

In 2003, McAvoy starred in Children of the Dune, an adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel of the same name. He also appeared in the BBC sitcom Early Doors with Craig Cash. This was followed by a co-starring role in the thriller serial, State of Play, opposite David Morrissey, Kelly Macdonald and John Simm.

The following year, James McAvoy landed the role of Steve Abbott in the Channel 4 comedy series Shameless the series also starred David Threlfall and Gerard Kearns. He then starred in Wimbledon, a romantic comedy, in which he played Paul Bettany's character's brother. The film also starred Kirsten Dunst.

2005 saw James McAvoy return to the stage, in a production of Breathing Corpses at the Royal Court Theatre. He also featured in the BBC production of Macbeth for their ShakespeaRe-told series. He also played the role of the Faun in the 2005 production of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The film, an adaptation of a CS Lewis novel, also starred Tilda Swinton, Jim Broadbent and Dawn French.

2006 was a pivotal year for James McAvoy, as he starred in the film The Last King of Scotland, opposite Forest Whitaker. The film was a commercial and critical success and propelled James McAvoy to household name status.

James McAvoy also starred in Starter For 10 that year, winning the Mary Selway / Orange Rising Star Award for his performance opposite Alice Eve and Rebecca Hall.

2007 was another important year for James McAvoy, with the release of Atonement, starring McAvoy and Keira Knightley as well as Vanessa Redgrave and Saoirse Ronan. It was also the year that Becoming Jane was released, which starred James McAvoy and Anne Hathaway as well as Julie Walters and Maggie Smith.

Wanted, released in 2008, was a comic-book adaptation starring James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie, along with Morgan Freeman.

The Last Station premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. The film featured James McAvoy, Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti and James McAvoy's wife, Anne-Marie Duff.

Personal Life: James McAvoy married the English actress Anne Marie Duff in October 2006 and they live in London together.

James McAvoy is a keen fan on Celtic Football Club.

Steve Hamilton Shaw, John Stevenson, Carolyn Soper, Jamie Demetriou, David Furnish, Sir Elton John, James McAvoy, Ashley Jensen and Stephen Merchant at a gala screening of 'Sherlock Gnomes' held at the Cineworld Leicester Square in London. The sequel to 'Gnomeo & Juliet', the movie sees the couple hire a detective to investigate the case of the missing garden ornaments - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 22nd April 2018

James McAvoy And Bill Hader Being Lined Up For 'IT' Sequel

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 13 April 2018

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It comes soon after Jessica Chastain was confirmed for the horror sequel, set for release in September 2019.

Following recent news that Jessica Chastain had signed up for the much-anticipated sequel to hit horror film IT, the cast is expected to take on more star-studded names in the near future, with both James McAvoy and Bill Hader reportedly in talks.

Sources reported to Variety this week that while negotiations are still in their early stages, former X-Men star McAvoy is being tapped for the role of Bill, who was played by Jaeden Lieberher in the first pic, while Angry Birds Movie actor Hader could be portraying Richie, played by ‘Stranger Things’ actor Finn Wolfhard previously.

As previously announced last month, Jessica Chastain will play the part of Beverly. Bill Skarsgard, of course, is strongly believed to be returning to reprise his memorable role as Pennywise, the evil clown.

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Sherlock Gnomes Trailer

What do you do when you feel like your garden ornaments are in grave danger? You call upon Sherlock Gnomes, of course! At least, that's what these pottery lovebirds do when they find their new home under attack in the sequel to 'Gnomeo and Juliet' starring James McAvoy and Emily Blunt.

Garden gnome lovers (that's lovers who are garden gnomes, not lovers of garden gnomes) Gnomeo and Juliet feel like they've finally got their happily ever after; a glorious new garden surrounded by their dearest friends. That's all they've ever wanted. But when they discover that most of the gnomes have disappeared overnight, they begin to worry for their safety.

In a bid to solve the mystery of the missing gnomes, they enlist the help of genius detective Sherlock Gnomes, voiced by Johnny Depp. His methods are a little unorthodox to say the least, but when it turns out their situation is far worse than they feared, they have no choice but to follow his lead.

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Atomic Blonde Review


From the co-director of John Wick, this similarly styled action romp puts Charlize Theron front and centre as an unstoppable government operative. Set during the Cold War, it has buckets of visual panache, with eye-popping action choreography that makes it a guilty pleasure. If only that much attention had been given to the script, because both the characters and plot feel naggingly thin, never making the most of the people or places.

The film opens in 1989 London, as top MI6 spy Lorraine (Theron) recounts her recent mission to her British and American superiors (Toby Jones and John Goodman). Sent to Berlin just before the wall comes down, her main job is to discover what happened to a secret list of agents that was being held by a murdered colleague. In East Germany, she makes contact with David (James McAvoy), a fellow agent who has gone native, a little too deep undercover as a black market smuggler. While tracking down this elusive list, Lorraine meets a nervous Stasi officer (Eddie Marsan) desperate to defect to the west, and she faces off against a KGB boss (Roland Moller) with slash-and-burn tactics. And then there's the French spy Delphine (Sofia Boutella), with whom she enjoys rather more than a professional coupling.

Image caption James Macavoy in Atomic Blonde

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James McAvoy shows off his shaved head as he arrives at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert studios - New York, United States - Wednesday 19th July 2017

James McAvoy sighting at BBC Radio 1 - London, United Kingdom - Monday 12th June 2017

Atomic Blonde Trailer

Lorraine Broughton is an experienced MI6 agent who, in 1989, is assigned on a mission to Berlin during the Cold War, just ahead of the fall of the Berlin Wall. She teams up with station chief David Percival as they attempt to uncover the truth behind the murder of one of their own agents, James Gascoigne; it's a personal mission for Lorraine, who once had quite the romantic connection with the spy. Along the way, she and David discover that they have been infiltrated by more than one double agent. They must use their skills of disguise, combat and driving to find the document that will expose the espionage group that betrayed them, being careful not to put their trust in anyone - no matter how seductive they may be.

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James McAvoy Isn't A Fan Of Wearing High Heels

By Rich Cline in Movies / TV / Theatre on 20 January 2017

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High Heels aren't for James McAvoy!

Playing a character with multiple personalities is a dream job for an actor who likes to immerse himself in his roles. So James McAvoy didn't hesitate to sign up for M. Night Shyamalan's new blackly comical horror thriller Split. Although he admits that the script's opening pages, in which his character Kevin kidnaps and mentally taunts three teen girls, made him pause.

Image caption James at the US premiere of Split

"That worried me," McAvoy says, "but then as soon as Kevin came in the room as Patricia, I was like, 'Ah, right! I'm gonna have fun with this.' It's not just sensational, but something that could be hopefully intriguing and compelling in a way that isn't just edge-of-your-seat nerves. And as an actor there was also the opportunity to flex many muscles and employ all the dexterity you can muster."

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James McAvoy Broke His Hand Filming Movie

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 21 November 2016

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The actor was in a lot of pain after accidentally hitting solid metal.

Being an actor often has its hazards, even when stunt doubles are involved. James McAvoy recently revealed that he is a casuality of the movie set himself, having badly broken his hand during a scene on M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming psychological thriller 'Split' in which he plays a dangerous man with multiple personalities.

Image caption James McAvoy busted his hand on 'Split'

The Scottish actor had a challenging role playing Kevin, a man with 23 different personalities, in this intense hostage horror, but probably the most challenging thing of all was trying to continue acting during a scene despite having just caused himself painful physical injury.

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James McAvoy seen alone and with M. Night Shyamalan and Anya Taylor-Joy at the 2016 AFI FEST Screening of 'Split' presented by Audi and held at TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 15th November 2016

James McAvoy seen attending the 2016 London Evening Standard Theatre Awards held at the Old Vic Theatre - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 13th November 2016

James McAvoy Has 24 Characters To Play In Psychological Horror 'Split'

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 01 September 2016

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M. Night Shyamalan's latest movie explores dissociative identity disorder.

James McAvoy ups his game in 'Split'; a creepy psychologial thriller from M. Night Shyamalan that follows a man with multiple personalities so severe that it leads him into a sadistic game with three teenage girls. If the trailer is anything to go by, this film is McAvoy's most explorative role to date.

Image caption James McAvoy stars in Split

Casey and her two friends go on a regular mall trip, but no sooner are they in the car ready for the ride back home than an agitated young man slides into the drivers seat before assaulting and kidnapping them. They awake to find themselves in a maze-like underground chamber complete with a set of beds and a bathroom. The man who kidnapped them claims he was sent to get them, but when the same man reappears in several different guises it becomes clear that they are dealing with a man with a serious case of dissociative identity disorder.

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Daniel Radcliffe Reveals His New Look For His Role In ‘Imperium’ – Take A Look!

By Elinor Cosgrave in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 26 September 2015

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Daniel Radcliffe looks almost unrecognisable in the latest picture he shared with fans on Google +.

Daniel Radcliffe has shaved his head for his latest film role. The 26-year-old British actor looks remarkably different from his Harry Potter days and is almost unrecognisable without his usual dark, scruffy locks.

Daniel Radcliffe at the L.A. premiere of Horns in October 2014.

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Victor Frankenstein Trailer

Igor Strausman is the less thought about assistant of the insane but brilliant Victor Frankenstein. He's as genius as the passionate medical student he aids in experiments, but more rational when it comes to ethics. He does, however, share Frankenstein's obsession with eternal life and becomes equally as excited when they manage to bring a dead animal back to life. This in itself marks a unique scientific advancement, but Frankenstein's morbid curiosity fails to stop there. He wants to be able to create human life, but doing this involves sourcing body parts from mortuaries - and any other place they can find. Igor's timid nature, though deeply involved passion for the project, keeps him from doing his best to dissuade Frankenstein from completing their 'monster', until it's too late. Now they have a rogue beast on their hands, not to mention the police who are out for blood.

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Jennifer Lawrence Pays Surprise Visit To Montreal Children's Hospital

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 10 August 2015

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She took a break from filming 'X-Men: Apocalypse' in the Canadian city.

Hollywood A-list star Jennifer Lawrence took some time out of her manic filming schedule to visit a children’s hospital in Montreal, Canada and surprise some young patients. Obviously, there were pictures taken of her with the kids and chatting to staff, which is another reminder of why everybody loves J-Law. As if we needed another reason.

The 24 year old Hunger Games star is in the Canadian city filming X-Men: Apocalypse alongside James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and her ex-boyfriend Nicholas Hoult. It’s rumoured to be the last time she stars as Mystique in the franchise before it’s refreshed with new blood next time around.

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