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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 7. He went to St Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Jordanhill, ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 12 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

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

Filmography

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 2019 Glass (post-production)
Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Beast / Patricia / ...
 2018 X-Men: Dark Phoenix (post-production)
Professor Charles Xavier
 2018 Sherlock Gnomes (filming)
Gnomeo (voice)
  Watership Down (TV Mini-Series) (filming)
Hazel
- Episode #1.4 ... Hazel (voice)
- Episode #1.3 ... Hazel (voice)
- Episode #1.2 ... Hazel (voice)
- Episode #1.1 ... Hazel (voice)
 2017 Atomic Blonde: Welcome to Berlin (Short)
David Percival
 2017 Atomic Blonde: Spymaster (Short)
David Percival
 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: 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 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 Rory O'Shea Was Here
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 The Pool
Mike
 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 Behind the Lines
Anthony Balfour
 1997 The Bill (TV Series)
Gavin Donald
- Rent (1997) ... Gavin Donald
 1997 An Angel Passes By (TV Movie)
Local boy
 1995 The Near Room
Kevin
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Other Works:

(25th - 29th April 2000) Stage play: The Reel of the Hanged Man - playing Gerald, at Tron Theatre, Glasgow. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 5 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on his role in "Macbeth"] You're having a mental and physical breakdown throughout the course of the show every night. It is one of those parts, those plays, where the audience is willing you to dash yourself on the rocks, both artistically and actually a little bit. It's all very controlled and we're trying to make sure nothing like that would ever happen of course, but we have to go so far to ... See more »

Trivia:

At McAvoy's request, he was punched in the face by a German actress during the making of Filth (2013). See more »

Trademark:

Scottish accent See more »

Nickname:

Jamesy Boy See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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