James Mcavoy

Biography

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.

James McAvoy: 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.

James McAvoy: 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.

James McAvoy: 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.

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13th September 2014 -

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6th August 2014 -

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26th May 2014 -

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24th May 2014 -

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23rd May 2014 -

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14th May 2014 -

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14th May 2014 -

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13th May 2014 -

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Professor X, Mystique, Magneto, Kitty Pryde and Wolverine are back, but this time the latter is trying to convince X-Men from the past to help stop a war that is going to occur in the...

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11th May 2014 -

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5th May 2014 -

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22nd April 2014 -

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16th April 2014 -

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It’s here, finally – the third X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer is here, just one month ahead of the film’s premiere. If there’s one thing superhero movie fans can’t complain about these days, it’s...

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10th April 2014 -

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Fox has released the X-Men: Days of Future Past behind-the-scenes featurette as it prepares its promotional material ahead of the movie's release on May 23. Mainly featuring Bryan Singer explaining his reasons for getting back...

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7th April 2014 -

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Twentieth Century Fox has debuted a new poster for the upcoming comic book adaptation sequel, X-Men Days of Future Past. The dramatic new image features Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, and Fan Bingbing alongside...

A Week In News: 'Noah' Conjures A Box Office Miracle, Glastonbury Line-Up Revealed, And 'How I Met Your Mother' Bids Farewell

4th April 2014 -

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Nice Work, 'Noah': Darren Aronofsky's latest epic, Noah, was released last weekend and managed to triumph at its debut box office with $44 million, despite all the negative publicity regarding religious condemnation and middling reviews....

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31st March 2014 -

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Some of the biggest names in film were out last night for the Jameson Empire Film Awards, which saw the year's biggest and best movies awarded for a storming year in filmmaking. Voted for by...

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25th March 2014 -

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There’s no better way of proving that you are a true artiste than taking on a challenging Shakespearean role. Not content with raking in millions of dollars from their blockbuster movies, these famous actors and...

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24th December 2013 -

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10. Behind The Candelabra - Sadly consigned to TV in America, this Liberace biopic's lavish production design deserves to be projected on the biggest screen possible. As do great performances from Michael Douglas, Matt Damon...

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9th December 2013 -

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1st November 2013 -

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Following a nastily short, nevertheless exciting, six-second teaser trailer released last week, we finally have a longer trailer to whet our comic book appetites. The emotive, epic trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past sets...

X-Men: Days of Future Past

31st October 2013 -

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In a post-apocalyptic world where mutants are now scarce, Charles Xavier must convince Wolverine to travel back in time to warn Xavier's younger self about their impending disaster-struck world. Magneto is also united with his...

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30th October 2013 -

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Filmmaker Bryan Singer has released the first clip from his anticipated X-Men sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past - a few seconds of footage featuring Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and Patrick Stewart's Professor Charles Xavier.Days of...

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29th October 2013 -

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6th October 2013 -

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'Filth' is a British crime film based on Irvine Welsh's novel of the same name. The book was published in 1998, not long after Welsh's 'Trainspotting' was adapted into a feature film by Danny Boyle....

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4th October 2013 -

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Filth, Jon S. Baird’s adaptation of the eponymous Irvine Welsch novel Filth, starring James McAvoy. The actor, known for his roles in X-Men: First Class, Wanted and, once upon a time The Chronicles of Narnia,...

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4th October 2013 -

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Two big British films hit UK cinemas this week. After storming the Scottish box office last weekend and garnering rave reviews across the board, Filth arrives in the rest of the country this week. Based...

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12th March 2013

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