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.
Mutants and humans alike are familiar with the story of Apocalypse, he was the first mutant and began harnessing his power in ancient times. Now, millions of years after his reign, Apocalypse is reborn and finds himself in the middle of a modern society and shocked by the direction both human and mutant life has taken.
Feeling there are few options left, Apocalypse calls on the help of Magneto and a group of other mutants to help 'cleanse' the earth of all the citizens who have contributed to its downfall. The Horsemen of the Apocalypse - headed by Magneto - start to wreak havoc around the world and it looks like the x-men's attempts to save it are all but lost - especially when their team is badly hurt by the loss of one member.
British Actor James Mcavoy Has Issued A Public Plea To Moviemakers Behind The Star Wars Franchise To Give Him A Role In The Next Film.
The X-Men: First Class star is a huge fan of the sci-fi classics, and admits he is desperate to be included in the new trilogy, which begins with the release of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens later this month (Dec15).
James insists he will even work behind the scenes if he is not given an acting role.
"I'd go and make the tea for the guy that washes the knickers (underpants)!" he tells Britain's KISS FM. "I would crawl naked over broken glass to sniff the exhaust pipe in a laundry truck that took away the dirty knickers of Emperor Palpatine."
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British Actors Daniel Radcliffe And James Mcavoy Have Thrown Their Support Behind Jennifer Lawrence As The Row Over Hollywood's Gender Pay Gap Rumbles On.
The Oscar-winning actress was mired in controversy after emails leaked from the Sony Pictures studio revealed she and Amy Adams had been paid significantly less than their male co-stars in 2013 drama American Hustle.
She recently addressed the row in an open letter in which she blamed herself for failing to fight for a higher salary, and Daniel has now spoken out about the controversy, insisting he was shocked to learn male and female stars were given such different salaries.
"The fact that the boys were on one deal and the girls were on another deal was weird," Daniel tells the Press Association. "What guy was sitting in a studio somewhere going 'Hey lets bill the girls out of some money'? The fact that that mentality still exists is slightly shocking to me."
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Michael Fassbender Turned To His X-men: First Class Co-star James Mcavoy For Advice As He Prepared To Shoot His Movie Version Of Macbeth.
The Shame actor portrays the titular Scottish king in the new Justin Kurzel adaptation of the William Shakespeare tragedy, and he admits tackling the role, and doing it well, was a huge responsibility.
"It's definitely daunting because the work is so excellent (and) you feel a responsibility to it and you don't want to make a shambles of it," The Steve Jobs star tells Reuters.
"There's just so many endless versions you can do and various interpretations of it which is very encouraging and also kind of depressing, because I would walk away thinking 'God... there's another thousand ways that could have been done'.
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The film takes an unusual approach to the classic monster story, combining the original Mary Shelley novel with the cultural iconography of decades of movies and comics.
Victor Frankenstein stars James McAvoy as the doctor and Daniel Radcliffe as his assistant Igor, and the two actors developed a close friendship on-set, despite their 10-year age difference and the challenges of making the movie. This is reflected in the film's plot. As McAvoy notes, "Igor has something that Frankenstein needs, so he harnesses him. Frankenstein is very selfish and personally driven, so he's always using, but something of Igor gets through to him and they do form a loving relationship."
But Radcliffe says that the friendship he forged with McAvoy backstage is very different from what's on-screen. "Victor and Igor's relationship is quite an abusive one," he says. "I think James and I are fairly similar in terms of our work ethic. But we're lucky that we get to work in an industry where we can have a lot of fun while doing our jobs." Intriguingly, the character of Igor isn't even in Shelley's novel, but he's been important in the movies. "Victor and the monster have had plenty of time to get acquainted," says Radcliffe. "Now it's time for Victor and Igor! Something I found very interesting is that [screenwriter] Max Landis says one of his big inspirations for writing this film was The Social Network - this idea of two young guys on the tip of the spear of technology who are forging their ways forward and being told no and really overcoming it all with youthful rebellion and a complete lack of self-doubt. I find that rather exciting."
Continue reading: Victor Frankenstein Was A Bonding Experience For Mcavoy And Radcliffe
James Mcavoy's Allergies Ruined A Romantic Carriage Ride With His Wife As He Suffered A Nasty Reaction To Horse Hair.
The X-Men star admits he cannot spent too much time around the animals because he starts "wheezing" so he has to reject any jobs which would involve equestrianism.
However, he refused to let his allergy put him off a ride around New York City's Central Park in a horse-drawn carriage with his actress partner Anne-Marie Duff, but they both ended up suffering.
"I've had to turn down so many nice jobs because I can't go near them for too long - it's a real shame," he tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton. "I look like I've insulted Mike Tyson and my eyes swell up like golf balls...
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Nicole Kidman And James Mcavoy Were The Big Winners At The Evening Standard Theatre Awards On Sunday (22nov15), Picking Up The Coveted Acting Trophies At The Annual London Prizegiving.
The Oscar winner ended her nearly two-month run as scientist Rosalind Franklin in new play Photograph 51 in the West End on Saturday (21Nov15), and she celebrated the closing with a triumphant win, claiming the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress at Sunday's ceremony.
Kidman gave special thanks to her musician husband Keith Urban and late father in her acceptance speech, saying, "Wow. We had our final performance last night so this is extraordinary to get this... I have a husband who got off a plane four hours ago. He's done that about 20 times in the last four months. That's love in action. Thank you for loving me, I will love you for the rest of my life.
"I did this because my father died a year ago and he was a scientist, I did this for him, every night before I went on stage I would kneel in front of his photograph and he would give me the strength to go on stage every night."
Actor James Mcavoy Was Left Blushing With Embarrassment On Wednesday (11nov15) After Accidentally Swearing On Live Tv In America.
The X-Men: First Class star was promoting his new film Victor Frankenstein in a joint interview with Daniel Radcliffe on breakfast show Today, and during the chat, the Harry Potter actor admitted their sci-fi drama was a lot less comedic than Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman's 1974 fantasy Young Frankenstein, which he had watched to research his role as Igor.
"It was the only Frankenstein movie that I actually really knew," Daniel explained, "so I watched it and I was like, I'm not gonna try and compete with Marty Feldman, 'cause that's the definitive comedy Igor. There's a little bit of comedy that I bring to (Victor Frankenstein) but we're not as funny as that!"
His co-star's slip up occurred as James then poked fun at Daniel's bungled attempt to sell the film to viewers.
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Stars Including Nicole Kidman, James Mcavoy And Benedict Cumberbatch Have Signed Up To Perform Monologues About Life In An African Township For A Charity Fundraiser.
The actors, along with Josh Hartnett, Kit Harington, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, are set to take part in The Children's Monologues show, which comprises of solo pieces based on first-hand accounts from young children growing up in the rural township of Rammulotsi in South Africa.
The production is directed by Slumdog Millionaire moviemaker Danny Boyle, who launched the project to raise awareness and boost donations for Dramatic Need, a charity which provides arts education to vulnerable children in South Africa and Rwanda.
"The stories are shocking," Danny tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper. "You don't always want to know these things are going on in the world, especially to children, but when those actors get up on stage in London it will mean that another thousand people hear those stories, and that those kids really have a hell of a voice."
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Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence is to play a central role in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'.
Jennifer Lawrence is to take centre stage in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'.
The 25-year-old actress' on-screen character Mystique will play the key role in the much-anticipated new sci-fi movie, according to the first official plot synopsis.
It reads: ''Since the dawn of civilisation, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible.
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Date of birth
21st April, 1979