James McAvoy Jr. is a Scottish actor. He made his acting debut as a teen in The Near Room (1995) and made mostly television appearances until 2003, when his feature film career began. His notable television work includes the thriller State of Play and the science fiction mini-series Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune.

Besides screen acting, McAvoy has performed in several West End productions and received three nominations for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor. He has also done voice work for animated films including Gnomeo & Juliet, its sequel, Sherlock Gnomes, and  Arthur Christmas.

Birth Name

James McAvoy

Nickname

Jamesy Boy, Jimmy, Floyd

Profession

Actor

Nationality

Scottish

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

James McAvoy was born on April 21, 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Age

He is currently 39 years old.

Sun Sign

Taurus

Ethnicity

White

Religion

He was raised Catholic, and attended a Catholic school for school education.

Education

James attended St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Jordanhill, Glasgow and then attended the Royal Scotish Academy of Music and Drama, graduating in 2000.

Family Details

  • Father – James McAvoy, Sr. (Builder, Formerly a Bus Driver)

  • Mother – Elizabeth (née Johnstone) (Psychiatric Nurse)

  • Siblings – Joy McAvoy (Younger Sister) (Singer), Donald McAvoy (Paternal Younger Half-Brother)
  • Others – Mary (Maternal Grandmother), James Johnstone (Butcher) (Maternal Grandfather)

Manager

United Agents Ltd.

Marital Status

Divorced

Girlfriend / Spouse

James McAvoy dated –

  • Emma Neilson (1995-2002) – From 1995 to 2002, James was romantically linked with fellow actress Emma Neilson.

  • Anne-Marie Duff (2004-2016) – In October 2004, he started dating English actress  Anne-Marie Duff, who had played his love interest in Shameless in the first two seasons. After dating for two years, they married on October 18, 2006, in a quiet ceremony. Anne gave birth to the couple’s first child, son Brendan in 2010. In May 2016, they had announced about their plan to divorce.
  • Alexandra Shipp (2016) – In the summer of 2016, actors Alexandra Shipp and James were rumored to have hooked up together.

  • Lisa Liberati (2016-Present) – Lisa Liberati and James first met on the set of the film Thriller Split, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. He played a prominent role in the film and Lisa was assisting her director Shyamalan. They made their relationship official via Instagram during a Halloween party in October 2017.

Physical Statistics

Height

  • In feet – 5 feet 7 inches
  • In centimeters – 170 cm
  • In meters – 1.7 m

Weight

  • In Kilograms – 67 kg
  • In Pounds – 148 lbs

Body Measurements

James McAvoy’s body specifications may be –

  • Chest – 41 in or 104 cm
  • Arms / Biceps – 14 in or 35.5 cm
  • Waist – 33 in or 84 cm

Body Build

Athletic

Eye Color

Blue

Hair Color

Light Brown

Shoe Size

Unknown

Sexuality

Straight

Professional Statistics

Film Debut

James McAvoy made his acting debut with the film The Near Room in 1995m in which he played the role of Kevin Savage.

Television Debut

McAvoy landed his first television gig in the ITV’s police procedural series The Bill, playing Gavin Donald in an episode entitled “Rent. in 1997.

Famous For

Playing young Professor Charles Xavier in the superhero film series X-Men, and as Robbie Turner in the 2007 romantic drama war film Atonement.

Brand Endorsements

McAvoy has endorsed the brands like Samsung and Motorola and appeared in their commercials as well.

Distinctive Features

  • Blue eyes
  • Wavy hair
  • Scottish accent

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995The Near RoomKevin Savage
1997An Angel Passes ByLocal boyShort film
1997RegenerationAnthony Balfour
2001Swimming PoolMike
2003Bright Young ThingsThe Earl of Balcairn
2003Bollywood QueenJay
2004WimbledonCarl Colt
2004StringsHal TaraVoice role
2004Inside I’m DancingRory O’Shea
2005The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeMr. Tumnus
2006The Last King of ScotlandDr. Nicholas Garrigan
2006Starter for 10Brian Jackson
2007Becoming JaneThomas Langlois Lefroy
2007PenelopeJohnny Martin/Max Campion
2007AtonementRobbie Turner
2008WantedWesley A. Gibson
2009The Last StationValentin Bulgakov
2011Gnomeo and JulietGnomeoVoice role
2011The ConspiratorFrederick Aiken
2011X-Men: First ClassCharles Xavier / Professor X
2011Arthur ChristmasArthurVoice role
2013Welcome to the PunchMax Lewinsky
2013TranceSimon Newton
2013FilthBruce Robertson
2014Muppets Most WantedDelivery ManCameo
2014X-Men: Days of Future PastCharles Xavier / Professor X (teenager)Shared role with Patrick Stewart
2014The Disappearance of Eleanor RigbyConor Ludlow
2015Victor FrankensteinVictor Frankenstein
2016X-Men: ApocalypseCharles Xavier / Professor X
2016SplitKevin Wendell Crumb / The HordeSan Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Seattle Film Critics Society Award for Villain of the Year
Nominated — MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Actor in a Movie
2017Atomic BlondeDavid Percival
2017SubmergenceJames Moore
2018Sherlock GnomesGnomeoVoice role
2018Deadpool 2Charles Xavier / Professor XUncredited cameo
2019GlassKevin Wendell Crumb / The HordePost-production
2019Dark PhoenixCharles Xavier / Professor XPost-production
2019It: Chapter TwoBill DenbroughPost-production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997The BillGavin DonaldEpisode: “Rent”
2001Band of BrothersPvt. James W. MillerEpisode: “Replacements”
2001Lorna DooneSergeant BloxhamTelevision film
2001Murder in MindMartin VosperEpisode: “Teacher”
2002White TeethJosh Malfen2 episodes
2002The Inspector Lynley MysteriesGowan RossEpisode: “Payment in Blood”
2002Foyle’s WarRay PritchardEpisode: “The German Woman”
2003Frank Herbert’s Children of DuneLeto II Atreides3 episodes
2003State of PlayDan Foster6 episodes
2003Early DoorsLiam4 episodes
2004–05ShamelessSteve McBride
2005ShakespeaRe-ToldJoe MacbethEpisode: “Macbeth”
2009–10Angelina Ballerina: The Next StepsMr. Maurice Mouseling (voice)TV series
2018Watership DownHazel (voice)Miniseries, in production
TBAHis Dark MaterialsLord AsrielTV series, in production

Awards & Nominations

OrganizationYearWork(s)CategoryResult
Alliance of Women Film Journalists2007AtonementBest SeductionWon
ALOS Awards2018SplitBest Actor in a Leading RoleWon
British Academy Film Awards2006
Rising Star AwardWon
2007The Last King of ScotlandBest Actor in a Supporting RoleNominated
2008AtonementBest Actor in a Leading RoleNominated
British Academy Scotland Awards2007AtonementBest Actor in FilmWon
2014FilthBest Actor in FilmWon
British Comedy Awards2004ShamelessBest TV Comedy NewcomerNominated
British Independent Film Awards2006The Last King of ScotlandBest Performance by an ActorNominated
2013FilthBest Performance by an ActorWon
Cannes Film Festival2007
Male RevelationWon
Central Ohio Film Critics Association2018SplitBest ActorNominated
Dublin Film Critics’ Circle2007AtonementBest ActorNominated
Empire Awards2006The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeBest NewcomerNominated
2008AtonementBest ActorWon
2013FilthBest ActorWon
European Film Awards2007The Last King of ScotlandEuropean ActorNominated
2008AtonementEuropean ActorNominated
Evening Standard British Film Awards2008AtonementBecoming JaneBest ActorNominated
Fright Meter Awards2017SplitBest ActorWon
Gold Derby Awards2008AtonementBest ActorNominated
2008AtonementBest Ensemble CastNominated
Golden Globes Awards2008AtonementBest Actor – Motion Picture DramaNominated
IGN Award2011X-Men: First ClassBest Ensemble CastNominated
International Online Cinema Awards2008AtonementBest ActorNominated
2017SplitBest ActorNominated
Irish Film & Television Academy2008AtonementBest International ActorNominated
Kids’ Choice Awards2017X-Men: Apocalypse#SquadNominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards2005Inside I’m DancingBritish Actor of the YearNominated
2006The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeBritish Supporting Actor of the YearNominated
2007The Last King of ScotlandBritish Actor of the YearNominated
2008AtonementBritish Actor of the YearWon
2014FilthTranceWelcome to the PunchBritish Actor of the YearWon
MTV Movie & TV Awards2009WantedBest Kiss (with Angelina Jolie)Nominated
2017SplitBest Actor in a MovieNominated
National Movie Awards2008WantedBest Performance – MaleNominated
North Texas Film Critics Association2018SplitBest ActorNominated
OFTA Awards2008AtonementBest ActorNominated
People’s Choice Awards2012X-Men: First ClassFavorite Movie SuperheroNominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society2017SplitBest Actor in a Leading RoleNominated
San Diego Film Critics Society2017SplitBest Male ActorWon
Santa Barbara International Film Festival2008AtonementVirtuoso AwardWon
Satellite Awards2009The Last StationBest Supporting Actor – Motion PictureNominated
Scream Awards2011X-Men: First ClassBest Fantasy ActorNominated
2011X-Men: First ClassBest SuperheroNominated
Seattle Film Critics Society2017SplitBest VillainWon
Teen Choice Awards2017SplitChoice Movie: VillainNominated
Women Film Critics Circle2011Gnomeo & JulietBest Screen Couple

James McAvoy Favorites

  • Favorite Movies – The Goonies (1985), Kes (1969), My Name Is Joe (1998), Back to the Future (1985), The Great Escape (1963), Brief Encounter (1945)
  • Favorite Director – Ken Loach
  • Favorite Art Gallery – The Tate Modern, London
  • Favorite Book – The Old Testament

James McAvoy Net Worth

McAvoy has accumulated an impressive amount of wealth over the years from his acting career. He has a net worth of $20 million dollars.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About James McAvoy

  • When he was 7, his parents split. Since then, he is not in touch with his dad.
  • James’ mom used to have poor health conditions when James was young, so he shifted to his maternal grandparents home.
  • While studying, he used to work at a local bakery.
  • James once thought of becoming a priest just because he wanted to travel the world.
  • He started acting at the age of 15 via The Near Room (1995).
  • In order to raise money for a charitable organization, he did a BASE jump from the world’s tallest building of a hospital.
  • McAvoy and his sisters was raised by his single mother and maternal grandparents.
  • He worked at a local bakery while studying in school.
  • He moved to London when he was 20.  His acting debut came when he was 15  in The Near Room.
  • Though, he was not interested in acting initially, he developed an interest for it lately and joined the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to study acting.
  • In 2008, he was ranked #18 on Entertainment Weekly’s ’30 Under 30′ the actors list.
  • His fans call themselves as “McAvoyeurs”.
  • McAvoy had once said that the script for Atonement was the best he had ever read. For his work in the film, he won him an Empire Award and a London Film Critics Circle Award, for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.
  • His first car was a Citroen C3 Picasso.
  • He is an avid fan of Celtic Football Club.
  • McAvoy is known for his charity works. He jumped off the roof of the world’s tallest hospital to raise awareness and money for a Ugandan children’s charity.
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