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James McAvoy


McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary), after his parents divorced when James was 11. He went to St Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Jordanhill, ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 17 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Split Dennis / Patricia / Hedwig / The Beast / Kevin Wendell Crumb / Barry / Orwell / Jade
(2016)
Atonement Robbie Turner
(2007)
Filth Bruce
(2013)
The Last King of Scotland Dr. Nicholas Garrigan
(2006)

Filmography

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 2019 His Dark Materials (TV Series) (post-production)
Lord Asriel
- Episode #1.1 (2019) ... Lord Asriel
- Episode #1.2 ... Lord Asriel
- Episode #1.3 ... Lord Asriel
 2019 It: Chapter Two (post-production)
Bill Denbrough
 2019 Dark Phoenix (post-production)
Professor Charles Xavier
 2019 Glass
Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Beast / Patricia / ...
 2018 Watership Down (TV Mini-Series)
Hazel
- The Siege (2018) ... Hazel (voice)
- The Escape (2018) ... Hazel (voice)
- The Raid (2018) ... Hazel (voice)
- The Journey (2018) ... Hazel (voice)
 2018 Deadpool 2
Charles Xavier (uncredited)
 2018 Sherlock Gnomes
Gnomeo (voice)
 2017 Submergence
James More
 2017 Atomic Blonde
David Percival
 2016/IX Split
Dennis / Patricia / Hedwig / ...
 2016 X-Men: Apocalypse
Professor Charles Xavier
 2015 Victor Frankenstein
Victor Frankenstein
 2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past
Charles Xavier
 2014 Muppets Most Wanted
UPS Guy
 2013/I Filth
Bruce
 2013/I Trance
Simon
 2013 Welcome to the Punch
Max Lewinsky
 2011 Arthur Christmas
Arthur (voice)
 2011 X-Men: First Class
Charles Xavier (24 Years)
 2011 Gnomeo & Juliet
Gnomeo (voice)
 2010 The Conspirator
Frederick Aiken
 2009 The Last Station
Valentin
 2008 Wanted
Wesley
 2007 Atonement
Robbie Turner
 2007 Vanity Fair: Killers Kill, Dead Men Die (Video short)
The Shutterbug (credit only)
 2007 Becoming Jane
Tom Lefroy
 2006 Starter for 10
Brian Jackson
 2006 Penelope
Johnny / Max
 2006 The Last King of Scotland
Dr. Nicholas Garrigan
 2005 ShakespeaRe-Told (TV Mini-Series)
Joe Macbeth
- Macbeth (2005) ... Joe Macbeth
 2004-2005 Shameless (TV Series)
Steve McBride
- Episode #2.10 (2005) ... Steve McBride
- Episode #2.4 (2005) ... Steve McBride
- Episode #2.3 (2005) ... Steve McBride
- Episode #2.2 (2005) ... Steve McBride
- Episode #2.1 (2005) ... Steve McBride
 2004 Inside I'm Dancing
Rory O'Shea
 2004 Strings
Hal (English version, voice)
 2004 Wimbledon
Carl Colt
 2003 State of Play (TV Mini-Series)
Dan Foster
- Episode #1.6 (2003) ... Dan Foster
- Episode #1.5 (2003) ... Dan Foster
- Episode #1.4 (2003) ... Dan Foster
- Episode #1.3 (2003) ... Dan Foster
- Episode #1.2 (2003) ... Dan Foster
 2003 Early Doors (TV Series)
Liam
- Episode #1.6 (2003) ... Liam
- Episode #1.4 (2003) ... Liam
- Episode #1.3 (2003) ... Liam
- Episode #1.2 (2003) ... Liam
 2003 Bright Young Things
Simon Balcairn
 2003 Children of Dune (TV Mini-Series)
Leto Atreides II
- Episode #1.3 (2003) ... Leto Atreides II
- Episode #1.2 (2003) ... Leto Atreides II
- Episode #1.1 (2003) ... Leto Atreides II
 2002 Bollywood Queen
Jay
 2002 Foyle's War (TV Series)
Ray Pritchard
- The German Woman (2002) ... Ray Pritchard
 2002 White Teeth (TV Mini-Series)
Josh Malfen
- The Return of Magid Iqbal (2002) ... Josh Malfen
- The Trouble with Millat (2002) ... Josh Malfen
 2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (TV Series)
Gowan Ross
- Payment in Blood (2002) ... Gowan Ross
 2001 Band of Brothers (TV Mini-Series)
James W. Miller
- Replacements (2001) ... James W. Miller
 2001 Murder in Mind (TV Series)
Martin Vosper
- Teacher (2001) ... Martin Vosper
 2000 Lorna Doone (TV Movie)
Sergeant Bloxham
 1997 An Angel Passes By (TV Movie)
Local boy
 1997 Regeneration
Anthony Balfour
 1997 The Bill (TV Series)
Gavin Donald
- Rent (1997) ... Gavin Donald
 1995 The Near Room
Kevin
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Other Works:

(1st - 26th March 2005) Stage play: Breathing Corpses - playing Ben, at Royal Court Theatre (Upstairs), London. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

Instagram | Useful Talent Profile

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I don't think it matters where actors come from and I don't care if all the actors come from posh private schools. But I do care about a government that doesn't prioritise arts in education. It is one of the first things that if you take it away, it's a signal that the government doesn't care about upward mobility any more. Art is one the first things you take away from society if you want to ... See more »

Trivia:

Became a father for the first time at the age of 30 when his wife (now his ex-wife) Anne-Marie Duff gave birth to their son Brendan McAvoy in February 2010. See more »

Trademark:

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Nickname:

Floyd See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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