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.
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.
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 opens up about working with this legendary filmmaker.
James McAvoy stars in M. Night Shyamalan's latest psychological thriller 'Split', which follows a man with 23 different personalities. James had to play 9 of them which he admits was a lot of work, but that work was helped by the director's determination to stick to his script to the very end.
James McAvoy stars in M Night Shyamalan's 'Split'
Often during filming, a screenplay is changed as the story comes to life, usually only slightly but sometimes very dramatically. It's not always easy to translate a vision on paper to live action, but M Night Shyamalan knows enough about the process to be able to make the first draft count.
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After a few badly received sci-fi blockbusters, M. Night Shyamalan returned to his earthier style of filmmaking with 2015's The Visit and now this edgy psychological horror romp. It's a genuinely freaky movie, packed with unsettling touches and wonderfully intense performances. And yet there's a nagging sense that the filmmaker is using a very real mental health issue for cheap thrills. Dissociative identity disorder, also known as split personality, is genuinely devastating, but here it's played for blackly comical chills.
The man suffering from this condition is Kevin (James McAvoy), and he has 23 identities battling for supremacy inside him. The ringleader is Dennis, a psychopath who is working in league with fellow alter-ego Patricia to kidnap three young women, the abused outcast Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) and two classmates (Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula). As these teens try to use his personalities against each other to escape, Kevin is also attending sessions with his psychiatrist Dr Fletcher (Betty Buckley), an expert on his condition. And she has no idea what he's actually up to. Or that all of his personalities are terrified of a menacing identity they call the Beast.
Shyamalan is an expert at dropping clues into each scene, packing the dialog with innuendo and encouraging the actors into giving performances that suggest at unexpected connections and histories. As the film progresses, both Kevin and Casey reveal the most telling details of their grim pasts, allowing Shyamalan to gleefully crank up the tension. And the result is enjoyably creepy, keeping the audience off-balance with a plot that's impossible to predict and plenty of shocking mayhem along the way. At the centre, the audience is able to identify with Taylor-Joy's thoughtful Casey, a girl who has survived a nasty childhood and is determined to get out of this situation before it turns even more horrific.
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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.
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
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.
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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When Casey and two of her friends go to the mall they're abducted by an unsuspecting and nervous looking man. When they awake the three girls find themselves locked away in a room, each with a camping mattress for a bed. The room is bare and they have no idea what's going on and they all fear for their lives.
Though they're free to roam in their room and bathroom, there's no windows and the only part of the world they can see from inside is through a small gap in the door which leads onto another room. As they peer through the small hole, they see a pair of high heeled shoes and immediately see the legs of a woman. Knowing that they were abducted by a man, the girls call out for help and what they find frightens and perplexes them all.
The person who comes to the room isn't a woman, it's their kidnapper and in a soft voice he tells the girls not to worry as 'he's not allowed to touch you' and goes on to say that the kidnapper 'listens' to her.
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This closing chapter of the First Class trilogy falls into the same trap as The Last Stand, the final part in the original X-Men trilogy: it shifts the focus from character detail and social commentary into a more standard effects-heavy action brawl. There's still a lot of strong character detail, and a big story that can't help but be entertaining. But it's impossible to escape the feeling that the film's scale is far bigger than it needed to be.
It's now 1983, and while Professor X (James McAvoy) works with Hank (Nicholas Hoult) to set up his school for young mutants, his old friend and nemesis Erik (Michael Fassbender) has started a family in a rural corner of Poland. But he can't hide forever. Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) is roaming the world helping mutants where she can, meeting the teleporting Kurt (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in Berlin before heading to Cairo. There, CIA operative Moira (Rose Byrne) has just uncovered a bizarre underground cult that has revived the ancient super-mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), who immediately sets out on a quest to cleanse the planet and start over again. He needs four assistants, and the question is which of the X-Men will go over to the dark side.
This is the third comic book movie in a row about superheroes fighting each other, after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War. And it's similarly enormous (all three films are around two-and-a-half hours long), with mammoth battles that don't quite make logical sense but are compelling enough that the audience goes with them. This film has a bit more emotional depth, including back-stories that have been developed with unusual complexity. But some characters fall through the cracks.
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The couple, who have been married for nine years, have one child together.
X-Men: Apocalypse star James McAvoy and his wife Anne-Marie Duff are to divorce after nine years of marriage, the couple have confirmed. The Scottish actor, who is best known for his role as the young Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men franchise, married Duff in 2006, after meeting on UK show ‘Shameless’.
James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff have announced their separation.
In a joint statement to People magazine the couple said: "It is with tremendous sadness that we have come to the decision to divorce. We enter this next phase with continued friendship, love and respect for one another and the shared focus of caring for our son. We ask that you respect our and, most importantly, our child's privacy during this time.”
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Critics aren't fond of the latest installation.
It seems, according to critics, that 'X-Men Apocalypse' will be joining 'Batman v Superman' in the list of the most disappointing comic book superhero films of 2016, as the franchise returns with much less excitement than the synopsis and trailers suggested. A bit of a Marvel misfire as it were.
'X-Men Apocalypse' hasn't found favour with critics
It's hard to pinpoint exactly what the critics hated most about the latest instalment of the 'X-Men' series, which sees the return of director Bryan Singer in a story about the impending doom of mankind. The confusing plot, the poor character development and some overly blase moments made for 'a franchise-killing disaster' according to Forbes, who also said, 'I am not sure how you make Oscar Isaac as a world-destroying baddie dull, but the powers-that-be have pulled it off.' Ouch!
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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.
Date of birth
21st April, 1979
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