James McAvoy

BirthDay:

21 Apr 1979

BirthPlace:

Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Bio:

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, Glasgow, where he did well enough and started 'a little school band with a couple of mates'.

McAvoy toyed with the idea of the Catholic priesthood as a child but, when he was 16, a visit to the school by actor David Hayman sparked an interest in acting. Hayman offered him a part in his film The Near Room (1995) but despite enjoying the experience McAvoy didn't seriously consider acting as a career, although he did continue to act as a member of PACE Youth Theatre. He applied instead to the Royal Navy and had already been accepted when he was also offered a place at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD).

He took the place at the RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and, when he graduated in 2000, he moved to London. He had already made a couple of TV appearances by this time and continued to get a steady stream of TV and movie work until he came to attention of the British public in 2004 playing car thief Steve McBride in the successful UK TV series Shameless (2004) and then to the rest of the world in 2005 as Mr Tumnus, the faun, in Disney's adaptation of C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005). In The Last King of Scotland (2006) McAvoy portrayed a Scottish doctor who becomes the personal physician to dictator Idi Amin, played by Forest Whitaker. McAvoy's career breakthrough came in Atonement (2007), Joe Wright's 2007 adaption of Ian McEwan's novel.

Since then, McAvoy has taken on theatre roles, starring in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' (directed by Jamie Lloyd), which launched the first Trafalgar Transformed season in London's West End and earned him an Olivier award nomination for Best Actor. In January 2015, McAvoy returned to the Trafalgar Studios stage to play Jack Gurney, a delusional English earl, in the first revival of Peter Barnes's satire 'The Ruling Class', a role for which he was subsequently awarded the London Evening Standard Theatre Award's Best Actor.

On screen, McAvoy has appeared as corrupt cop Bruce Robertson in Filth (2013), a part for which he received a Scottish BAFTA for Best Actor, a British Independent Film Award for Best Actor, a London Critics Circle Film Award for British Actor of the Year and an Empire Award for Best Actor. He has also reprised his role as Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), and will star in the next film in the franchise: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). In 2017, McAvoy will appear in Split (2017), M. Night Shyamalan's suspense thriller.
Filmography

Actor ( 94 credits )

Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Gnomeo (voice)
Atomic Blonde (2017) Percival
Submergence (2017) James Moore
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Charles Xavier
Victor Frankenstein (2015) Victor Von Frankenstein
Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) Conor Ludlow
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Charles Xavier
Muppets Most Wanted (2014) UPS Guy
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Noite com Danilo Gentili (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Sit Down with the Stars (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2013) Conor Ludlow
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (2013) Conor Ludlow
Filth (2013) Bruce
Trance (2013) Simon
Welcome to the Punch (2013) Max Lewinsky
Arthur Christmas (2011) Arthur (voice)
X-Men: First Class (2011) Charles Xavier (24 Years)
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011) Gnomeo (voice)
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Piers Morgan Tonight (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Dish Nation (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
The Conspirator (2010) Frederick Aiken
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Wesley (1 episode, 2011)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Film Fiend (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
What's Up (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Face 2 Face (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Many Faces of... (2010)  Valentin (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 20
Conan (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
The Last Station (2009) Valentin
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
The 7PM Project (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011)
The Rotten Tomatoes Show (2009)  Himself - Actor (1 episode, 2010)
Live from Studio Five (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Formula 1: BBC Sport (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Wanted (2008) Wesley
CQC - Custe o Que Custar (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Entertainers with Byron Allen (2008)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Atonement (2007) Robbie Turner
Becoming Jane (2007) Tom Lefroy
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Charles Xavier in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' (1 epis
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself / ... (7 episodes, 2011-2014)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2011)
Penelope (2006) Johnny / Max
Starter for 10 (2006) Brian Jackson
The Last King of Scotland (2006) Dr. Nicholas Garrigan
Capturing Idi Amin (2006) Interviewee
The ONE Show (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) Mr. Tumnus
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (6 episodes, 2010-2014)
Balls of Steel (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Strings (2004) Hal (voice)
Wimbledon (2004) Carl Colt
Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004) Rory O'Shea
Shameless (2004)  Steve McBride (13 episodes, 2004-2005)
The Paul O'Grady Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Bright Young Things (2003) Simon Balcairn
MythBusters (2003)  Wesley Gibson (1 episode, 2009)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Early Doors (2003)  Liam (4 episodes, 2003)
Shootout (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Bollywood Queen (2002) Jay
Top Gear (2002)  Himself - Special Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Foyle's War (2002)  Ray Pritchard (1 episode, 2002)
White Teeth (2002)  Josh Malfen (2 episodes, 2002)
The Pool (2001) Mike
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001)  Gowan Ross (1 episode, 2002)
Murder in Mind (2001)  Martin Vosper (1 episode, 2001)
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Guest (5 episodes, 2005-2011)
Behind the Lines (1997) Anthony Balfour
The View (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2014)
The Near Room (1995) Kevin
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Born in the USSR (1991)  Himself - Narrator / ... (2 episodes, 2005-2012)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
The Bill (1984)  Gavin Donald (1 episode, 1997)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007-2014)
Fantástico (1973)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Parkinson (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (5 episodes, 2006-2007)
Commonwealth Games (1954)  Himself - Unicef Appealer / ... (1 episode, 2014)
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Split (0)

Producer ( 1 credit )

Filth (2013) producer