James McAvoy is a famous actor who is best known for featuring in different television series and movies. Some of these include Gnomeo & Juliet, Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune, State of Play, and The Last King of Scotland. This award-winning star has proved himself as a talented and adaptable person who portrays different characters with ease.
James McAvoy was born on the 21st of April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland. His mother, Elizabeth, was a nurse before her demise in 2018. His father, James McAvoy, Sr. was a bus driver. Currently, James McAvoy age is 40 years. His nationality is Scottish, and his Zodiac sign is Taurus. He was raised as a Roman Catholic.
- Name: James McAvoy
- Date of birth: 21st of April 1979
- Place of birth: Glasgow, Scotland
- Age: 40 years
- Nationality: Scottish
- Height: 5 feet 7 inches (170 centimetres/ 1.7 metres)
- Weight: 67 kilogrammes (148 pounds)
- Eye colour: Blue
- Father: James McAvoy, Sr.
- Mother: Elizabeth
- Siblings: Joy, Donald (half-brother)
- Alma mater: St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
- Marital status: Divorced
- Children: 1 (Brendan)
- Profession: Actor
James McAvoy family background
James McAvoy lived with both his parents until he was about eleven years old. Elizabeth and her husband got divorced when the actor was eleven. Since Elizabeth suffered from poor health, he was sent to live with his maternal grandparents. His grandparents raised him in Drumchapel area, Glasgow. His mother would come to live with her parents and children sporadically.
James McAvoy has siblings. Joy is the name of James McAvoy sister. She is an actress and a singer. He also has a half-brother whose name is Donald. The actor lost touch with his biological father, and the two have not communicated since he was a child.
McAvoy attended St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, which is based in Jordanhill, Glasgow. When he was a student in this Catholic school, he considered becoming a priest. At the time, he thought priesthood was the best way of exploring the world as a missionary. However, this dream ended when David Hayman visited his class for a talk.
David intilled in him the desire to become an actor. He also worked at a local bakery when he was still a student. Later, he joined the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he graduated in 2000.
James McAvoy height and weight
The actor has a slim build. His height is 5 feet 7 inches (170 centimetres/ 1.7 metres), and his weight is 67 kilogrammes (148 pounds). He has blue eyes and wavy hair.
McAvoy made his debut into the world of acting when he was a teenager. He featured in The Near Room when he was 15 years old. At the time, he was not very interested in acting. Later, acting became his passion, especially after he met Alana Brady whom he was deeply attracted to. Since then, he has starred in different television shows and movies.
James McAvoy movies
McAvoy has featured in the following movies so far;
- The Near Room (1995): McAvoy portrayed the character of Kevin Savage in this film. It was his first role in the film industry, and he was only 15 years old at the time.
- An Angel Passes By (1997): He acted as the local boy in this short film.
- Regeneration (1997): He portrayed the character of Anthony Balfour.
- Swimming Pool (2001): He acted as Mike.
- Bright Young Things (2003): His character was that of The Earl of Balcairn.
- Bollywood Queen (2003): He acted as Jay in this movie.
- Wimbledon (2004): He portrayed the character of Carl Colt.
- Strings (2004): He was the voice of Hal Tara in this film.
- Inside I’m Dancing (2004): He appeared as Rory O’Shea.
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005): McAvoy featured as Mr. Tumnus. This marked his “breakthrough” point. The adventure film was based on the novel by C. S. Lewis. In the plot, Mr. Tumnus befriends Lucy Pevensie, and then he joined the Aslan forces. The film was a global hit, and the actor’s fans increased drastically. His excellent performance opened new opportunities for him in the industry.
- The Last King of Scotland (2006): He portrayed the character of Nicholas Garrigan. Nicholas was a Scottish medic who became Idi Amin’s personal doctor in Uganda. The plot of this film was based on factual events that were witnessed during the dictator’s rule, but the character of Nicholas was fictional.
- Starter for 10 (2006): he acted as Brian Jackson. Brian was a nerd at the university who won a university challenge. It was an adaptation of the novel with the same title by David Nicholls.
- Penelope (2006): He featured as Johnny Martin.
- Becoming Jane (2007): In this movie, McAvoy acted as Thomas Langlois Lefroy.
- Atonement (2007): He played the character of Robbie Turner.
- Wanted (2008): He starred in this movie as Wesley A. Gibson.
- The Last Station (2009): He was Valentin Bulgakov in this film.
- Gnomeo and Juliet (2011): McAvoy was the voice of Gnomeo.
- The Conspirator (2011): He acted as Frederick Aiken in this film.
- X-Men: First Class (2011): McAvoy acted both as Charles Xavier and Professor X in this movie.
- Arthur Christmas (2011): He was the voice of Arthur.
- Welcome to the Punch (2013): He acted as Max Lewinsky.
- Trance (2013): He appeared in this movie as Simon Newton.
- Filth (2013): In this film, McAvoy acted as Bruce Robertson.
- Muppets Most Wanted (2014): He had the cameo role of a delivery man in this movie.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014): He featured both as Charles Xavier and Professor X.
- The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014): He portrayed the character of Conor Ludlow.
- Victor Frankenstein (2015): He starred as Victor Frankenstein in this movie that had the same title as his character.
- X-Men: Apocalypse (2016): He acted as Professor X and Charles Xavier.
- Split (2016): In this movie, he portrayed the characters of Kevin Wendell Crumb, The Beast and The Horde.
- Atomic Blonde (2017): He acted as David Percival in this movie.
- Submergence (2017): He portrayed the character of James Moore.
- Sherlock Gnomes (2018): McAvoy was the voice of Gnomeo.
- Deadpool 2 (2018): He acted as Professor X and Charles Xavier. These roles were not credited.
- Glass (2019): He featured in this movie as The Beast, The Horde and as Kevin Wendell Crumb.
- Dark Phoenix (2019): In this 2019 film, he played the roles of Professor X and Charles Xavier.
- It Chapter Two (2019): He featured as Bill Denbrough in this recent film.
James starred in his first television show, The Bill, in 1997. The television shows that he has starred in throughout his career include;
- The Bill (1997): The featured in the episode, Rent, as Gavin Donald.
- Band of Brothers (2001): He starred as James W. Miller in the episode, Replacements.
- Lorna Doone (2001): He was Sergeant Bloxham in this television film.
- Murder in Mind (2001): He acted as Martin Vosper in the episode, Teacher.
- White Teeth (2002): He featured in two episodes of this show in the character of Josh Malfen.
- The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2002): He appeared in the episode, Payment in Blood, as Gowan Ross.
- Foyle’s War (2002): He starred in the episode, The German Woman, as Ray Pritchard.
- Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune (2003): He was in three episodes of this show as Leto II Atreides. This sci-fi miniseries was an adaption of the novels by Frank Herbert.
- State of Play (2003): James acted in six episodes of this show as Dan Foster.
- Early Doors (2003): He featured in 4 episodes as Liam.
- Shameless (2004- 2005): He appeared in 13 episodes as Steve McBride.
- ShakespeaRe-Told (2005): He appeared as Joe Macbeth in the episode, Macbeth.
- Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps (2009-2010): He was the voice of Mr. Maurice Mouseling in this show.
- Watership Down (2018): He was the voice of Hazel in this television show.
- Saturday Night Live (2019): He was the host of the episode, James McAvoy/Meek Mill.
- His Dark Materials (2019): He portrayed the character of Lord Asriel on the show.
In addition to the above television shows and movies, James has featured in several stage plays. These include;
- The Tempest: He portrayed the character of Ferdinand. The play was performed at the Brunton Theatre.
- West Side Story (1999): He played the role of Riff in this play whose venue was the Courtyard Centre for the Arts Hereford.
- Romeo and Juliet (1999): He played as Romeo. The play was performed at the Courtyard Centre for the Arts Hereford.
- Beauty and the Beast: He acted as Bobby Buckfast. The play was performed at the Adam Smith Theatre.
- The Reel of the Hanged Man (2000): He acted as Gerald at the Traverse Theatre.
- Lovers: In this play that was performed at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, he acted as Joe.
- Out In The Open (2001): He played the role of Iggy in this play at the Hampstead Theatre. Iggy was a gay hustler, and he did a splendid job at portraying this character. The director was impressed by his work, so he started offering James different roles in his films. Initially, he declined offers to take part in Joe Wright’s films, but he later accepted to work with the talented director.
- Privates on Parade (2001): He played the part of Private Steven Flowers. The play was at the Donmar Warehouse.
- Breathing Corpses (2005): This play was performed at the Royal Court Theatre, and James played the role of Ben.
- Three Days of Rain (2009): He acted as Walker & Ned.
- Macbeth (2013): James acted as Macbeth.
- The Ruling Class (2015): He acted as Jack Gurney in this play.
- James was the voice of Team Radio in the 2016 video game, F1 2016.
Awards and nominations
Throughout his long-running career, James has perfected his acting skills. He has been nominated for many accolades and won some of them. These include;
Golden Globes, USA
- In 2008, James was nominated for the accolade of Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his role in Atonement.
- In 2006, he won the Rising Star accolade.
- In 2007, he was nominated for the accolade of Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The nomination was for his role in The Last King of Scotland.
- In 2008, he was nominated for the accolade of Best Leading Actor for his work in Atonement.
Alliance of Women Film Journalists
- In 2007, he won the accolade of Best Seduction for his work in Atonement. He shared this award with Keira Knightley.
BAFTA Awards, Scotland
- In 2007, he won the accolade of Best Actor for his role in The Last King of Scotland.
- In 2014, he won the accolade of Best Actor – Film for his role in the movie, Filth.
British Comedy Awards
- In 2004, he was nominated for the accolade of Best TV Comedy Newcomer for his work in Shameless.
British Independent Film Awards
- In 2006, he was nominated for the award of Best Actor for his work in The Last King of Scotland.
- In 2013, James won the award of Best Actor for his role in the movie, Filth.
Cannes Film Festival
- In 2007, he was the winner of the Male Revelation Chopard Trophy.
Central Ohio Film Critics Association
- In 2018, he was nominated for the accolade of Best Actor for his role in Split.
- In 2018, he won the award of Best Actor – Audience for his work in Split.
Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards
- In 2007, he won the award of Best Actor for his role in Atonement.
Empire Awards, UK
- In 2006, James was nominated for the accolade of Best Newcomer for his work in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
- In 2008, he was the winner of the Best Actor Award for his work in Atonement.
- In 2014, he was declared the Best Actor for his role in Filth.
European Film Awards
- In 2007, he was nominated for the European Film Award for his role in The Last King of Scotland.
- The following year, he was nominated for the same accolade for his work in Atonement.
Evening Standard British Film Awards
- In 2008, James was nominated for the award of Best Actor for his roles in Atonement and Becoming Jane.
Fright Meter Awards
- In 2017, James won the Best Actor Fright Meter Award for his role in Split.
Gold Derby Awards
- In 2008, he was nominated for the Gold Derby accolade (Lead Actor) for his work in Atonement.
Hawaii Film Critics Society
- In 2018, he won the Best Actor HFCS accolade for his work in Split.
International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)
- In 2008, he was nominated for the accolade of Best Actor for his role in Atonement.
- In 2017, he was also nominated for the Best Actor Halfway accolade for his work in Split.
Irish Film and Television Awards
- In 2008, James was nominated for the Best International Actor IFTA Award for his role in Atonement.
Kids’ Choice Awards, USA
- In 2017, he was nominated for the #SQUAD Blimp Award for his role in X-Men: Apocalypse. He shared the accolade with other cast members. These were Olivia Munn, Michael Fassbender, Alexandra Shipp, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Peters, Ben Hardy and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
London Critics Circle Film Awards
- In 2006, James was nominated for the British Supporting Actor of the Year ALFS Award for his role in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
- The year after, he was nominated for the British Actor of the Year ALFS Award for his work in The Last King of Scotland
- In 2008, he won the British Actor of the Year ALFS accolade for his work in Atonement.
- In 2014, he won the British Actor of the Year ALFS Award for his roles in Filth, Trance and Welcome to the Punch.
MTV Movie + TV Awards
- In 2009, James was nominated for the Best Kiss MTV Movie accolade for his work in Wanted. He shared the nomination with Angelina Jolie.
- In 2017, he was nominated for the Best Actor in a Movie MTV Movie + TV accolade for his role in Split.
National Movie Awards, UK
- In 2008, he was nominated for the Best Performance – Male National Movie accolade for his role in Wanted.
North Texas Film Critics Association, US
- In 2017, he was nominated for the Best Actor NTFCA accolade for his work in Split.
Online Film & Television Association
- In 2008, he was nominated for the Best Actor OFTA Film accolade for his work in Atonement.
Seattle Film Critics Awards
- In 2017 he won the Best Villain Seattle Film Critics Award for his role in Split.
SESC Film Festival, Brazil
- In 2018, he won the Melhor Ator Estrangeiro Critics accolade (Best Foreign Actor) for his role in Split.
Teen Choice Awards
- In 2017, he was nominated for the Choice Movie Villain accolade for his role in Split.
- In 2018, he was nominated for the Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor Teen Choice accolade for his work in Dark Phoenix.
Relationships and marriage
While filming episodes for the television series, Shameless, he met Anne-Marie Duff who was acting as his love interest on the show. Soon, Duff became James McAvoy girlfriend outside the set of the show. The relationship thrived and culminated in marriage. The two exchanged their vows on the 11th of November 2006, and Duff became James McAvoy wife.
In the marriage, the couple bore a handsome baby in 2010. Brendan is the name of James McAvoy son. On the 13th of May 2016, McAvoy and Duff announced that they had jointly decided to get a divorce. While James McAvoy divorce was unexpected, the couple split amicably. The two parents still share a property in North London where they can spend time with Brendan.
McAvoy has been in the film and television industry for many years now. From all his roles, he has managed to secure himself a living. Currently, his estimated net worth is $17 million.
McAvoy has an Instagram account with at least 3.2 million followers. It is the only verified social media platform that he uses. From this page, fans get to know what he is up to in his daily life.
McAvoy is actively involved in charity. He is an avid supporter of the work of the Red Cross Society in Britain. He travelled with Red Cross to Uganda where he got a hands-on experience on the projects that the organisation conducts there. He visited the northern parts of Uganda, where he spent four days learning about the projects.
He also did a petrifying jump from the tallest hospital building in the world to raise funds for Retrak. Retrak is a Ugandan charity organisation that helps street children. In 2015, McAvoy pledged to contribute £125,000 to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, his alma mater, for its scholarship programme that would be running for ten years. He also supports other charity organisations inclusing Celtic F.C. Foundation, UNICEF, World Education, National Stroke Association, among many others.
James McAvoy is a talented Scottish actor who first joined the film and television industry at the age of 15 years. The 40-year-old star has featured in many television series and movies. He has also featured in different plays that were performed in various theatres. In addition to acting, he is actively involved in works of charity.