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.
Sophie Turner had doubts that her new X-Men film would be the worst movie in the franchise because of her part in it.
The super mutants have reunited for X-Men: Apocalypse, bringing back together A-listers like Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. There are plenty of new names thrown into the mix too, including Sophie, Olivia Munn and Oscar Isaac.
While the casting was an exciting one, Game of Thrones star Sophie was unsure how successful Apocalypse would be.
“This is going to be the worst X-Men so far, because I’m in it,” she admitted to Britain’s InStyle magazine of her doubts. “When you’re outside something, you think, ‘That is amazing, I would love to be in that.’ But when you are in it, you think, ‘Is this going to be any good?’”
Continue reading: Sophie Turner's X-men Doubts
The movie bosses behind the X-Men movies will be sighing with relief after learning Jennifer Lawrence wants to return for more franchise films.
The actress has portrayed Raven, aka Mystique, in two X-Men movies and returns for this month's (May16) X-Men: Apocalypse, but fans of the film series feared the new film would be her last.
Co-star James McAvoy recently suggested the film's leading stars were all hoping to come back for at least another film, and now Jennifer appears to be on board.
In a new Entertainment Weekly interview, The Hunger Games star says, "(Michael) Fassbender and MCAvoy and I wer all talking (saying) like, 'Will you come back?' 'I dunno'. 'I'll come back, if you come back'."
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.
Continue reading: X-Men: Apocalypse Review
Scottish actor James McAvoy's bid to star as soccer star Jamie Vardy in a new film has been turned down by its producer.
Vardy, 29, has delighted British soccer fans with his amazing rags to riches story, which has seen him rise to stardom from amateur football to starting for England and helping club Leicester City become 2015-2016 English Premier League winners .
The unlikely superstar's story is set to be told on the big screen, as a movie adaptation is in the early stages of production.
MCAvoy, an avid fan of Scottish soccer club Celtic, revealed he wants to play Vardy, telling Britain's Daily Express newspaper, "It is my time, this is my time! Play a guy playing football? I would love that! Vardy's party - bringing it to Hollywood!"
Continue reading: James Mcavoy 'Too Old' For Jamie Vardy Film Role
James McAvoy has been romantically linked to his X-Men co-star Alexandra Shipp, just days after announcing his split from wife Anne-Marie Duff.
The couple, who wed in November 2006 and have a five-year-old son together, announced their unexpected break-up after nearly 10 years of marriage.
In a joint statement released on Friday (13May16), they 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."
The couple met on the set of TV show Shameless, in which they played on-screen lovers Steve MCBride and Fiona Gallagher. The 37-year-old star is is reportedly still living with Anne-Marie and the pair's relationship is amicable, the Daily Mail Online reports.
Continue reading: James Mcavoy Linked To X-men Co-star - Report
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.”
Continue reading: James McAvoy And Anne-Marie Duff Announce Divorce
Actor James McAvoy and his wife Anne-Marie Duff are ending nine-year marriage.
The 37-year-old X-Men star and the 45-year-old actress made the surprise announcement in a joint statement on Friday (13May16).
They wrote: "It is with tremendous sadness that we have come to the decision to divorce."
The statement was obtained by People magazine.
Continue reading: James Mcavoy And Actress Wife To Divorce
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!
Continue reading: Has 'X-Men Apocalypse' Doomed The Franchise?
Jennifer Lawrence was left red-faced on Monday (09May16) after tripping up at the X-Men: Apocalypse premiere in London.
The clumsy Oscar winner joined co-stars including James McAvoy, Oscar Isaac, and Sophie Turner on the blue carpet for the global fan screening at the BFI IMAX, where they greeted crowds of devotees and posed for photographers to promote the movie.
However, Jennifer had apparently failed to master walking in her figure-hugging, floor-length silver Dior gown as she stumbled right in front of the waiting snappers towards the end of the carpet, reports DailyMail.co.uk.
The 25-year-old is well-known for being a klutz, and famously fell at the 2013 Oscars as she made her way to the podium to pick up her Best Actress trophy for Silver Linings Playbook.
Continue reading: Jennifer Lawrence Slips Up At X-men: Apocalypse Premiere
James McAvoy had to grow his hair again after people recognised his bald X-Men alter ego on the street all the time.
The Scottish actor landed one of the biggest roles of his career as Professor Xavier in the mutant movies, originally played by Patrick Stewart. Talking to Empire magazine about whether he can move about in public without being approached, James admits his hair-free appearance in the upcoming instalment gained him more attention than he expected.
“Quite often (I go unrecognised),” he said. “Although when the trailer for Apocalypse came out, that shafted up. I was like, ‘Check me out being bald, nobody f**king recognises me.’ Then the trailer comes out and everyone’s like, ‘Professor X, what’s up?’ I had to start growing my hair again.”
Rating himself on the fame scale, James thinks he’s a six-and-a-half, as many people know who he is but don’t know how.
Continue reading: James Mcavoy: 'Baldness Didn't Disguise Me'
Date of birth
21st April, 1979
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