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

Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Near Room Kevin Savage
1997 An Angel Passes By Local boy Short film
1997 Regeneration Anthony Balfour
2001 Swimming Pool Mike
2003 Bright Young Things The Earl of Balcairn
2003 Bollywood Queen Jay
2004 Wimbledon Carl Colt
2004 Strings Hal Tara Voice role
2004 Inside I’m Dancing Rory O’Shea
2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Mr. Tumnus
2006 The Last King of Scotland Dr. Nicholas Garrigan
2006 Starter for 10 Brian Jackson
2007 Becoming Jane Thomas Langlois Lefroy
2007 Penelope Johnny Martin/Max Campion
2007 Atonement Robbie Turner
2008 Wanted Wesley A. Gibson
2009 The Last Station Valentin Bulgakov
2011 Gnomeo and Juliet Gnomeo Voice role
2011 The Conspirator Frederick Aiken
2011 X-Men: First Class Charles Xavier / Professor X
2011 Arthur Christmas Arthur Voice role
2013 Welcome to the Punch Max Lewinsky
2013 Trance Simon Newton
2013 Filth Bruce Robertson
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Delivery Man Cameo
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Charles Xavier / Professor X (teenager) Shared role with Patrick Stewart
2014 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Conor Ludlow
2015 Victor Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Charles Xavier / Professor X
2016 Split Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Horde San 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
2017 Atomic Blonde David Percival
2017 Submergence James Moore
2018 Sherlock Gnomes Gnomeo Voice role
2018 Deadpool 2 Charles Xavier / Professor X Uncredited cameo
2019 Glass Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Horde Post-production
2019 Dark Phoenix Charles Xavier / Professor X Post-production
2019 It: Chapter Two Bill Denbrough Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Bill Gavin Donald Episode: “Rent”
2001 Band of Brothers Pvt. James W. Miller Episode: “Replacements”
2001 Lorna Doone Sergeant Bloxham Television film
2001 Murder in Mind Martin Vosper Episode: “Teacher”
2002 White Teeth Josh Malfen 2 episodes
2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Gowan Ross Episode: “Payment in Blood”
2002 Foyle’s War Ray Pritchard Episode: “The German Woman”
2003 Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune Leto II Atreides 3 episodes
2003 State of Play Dan Foster 6 episodes
2003 Early Doors Liam 4 episodes
2004–05 Shameless Steve McBride
2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Joe Macbeth Episode: “Macbeth”
2009–10 Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps Mr. Maurice Mouseling (voice) TV series
2018 Watership Down Hazel (voice) Miniseries, in production
TBA His Dark Materials Lord Asriel TV series, in production

Awards & Nominations

Organization Year Work(s) Category Result
Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2007 Atonement Best Seduction Won
ALOS Awards 2018 Split Best Actor in a Leading Role Won
British Academy Film Awards 2006
Rising Star Award Won
2007 The Last King of Scotland Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2008 Atonement Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
British Academy Scotland Awards 2007 Atonement Best Actor in Film Won
2014 Filth Best Actor in Film Won
British Comedy Awards 2004 Shameless Best TV Comedy Newcomer Nominated
British Independent Film Awards 2006 The Last King of Scotland Best Performance by an Actor Nominated
2013 Filth Best Performance by an Actor Won
Cannes Film Festival 2007
Male Revelation Won
Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2018 Split Best Actor Nominated
Dublin Film Critics’ Circle 2007 Atonement Best Actor Nominated
Empire Awards 2006 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Best Newcomer Nominated
2008 Atonement Best Actor Won
2013 Filth Best Actor Won
European Film Awards 2007 The Last King of Scotland European Actor Nominated
2008 Atonement European Actor Nominated
Evening Standard British Film Awards 2008 AtonementBecoming Jane Best Actor Nominated
Fright Meter Awards 2017 Split Best Actor Won
Gold Derby Awards 2008 Atonement Best Actor Nominated
2008 Atonement Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
Golden Globes Awards 2008 Atonement Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated
IGN Award 2011 X-Men: First Class Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
International Online Cinema Awards 2008 Atonement Best Actor Nominated
2017 Split Best Actor Nominated
Irish Film & Television Academy 2008 Atonement Best International Actor Nominated
Kids’ Choice Awards 2017 X-Men: Apocalypse #Squad Nominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards 2005 Inside I’m Dancing British Actor of the Year Nominated
2006 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe British Supporting Actor of the Year Nominated
2007 The Last King of Scotland British Actor of the Year Nominated
2008 Atonement British Actor of the Year Won
2014 FilthTranceWelcome to the Punch British Actor of the Year Won
MTV Movie & TV Awards 2009 Wanted Best Kiss (with Angelina Jolie) Nominated
2017 Split Best Actor in a Movie Nominated
National Movie Awards 2008 Wanted Best Performance – Male Nominated
North Texas Film Critics Association 2018 Split Best Actor Nominated
OFTA Awards 2008 Atonement Best Actor Nominated
People’s Choice Awards 2012 X-Men: First Class Favorite Movie Superhero Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society 2017 Split Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society 2017 Split Best Male Actor Won
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2008 Atonement Virtuoso Award Won
Satellite Awards 2009 The Last Station Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Nominated
Scream Awards 2011 X-Men: First Class Best Fantasy Actor Nominated
2011 X-Men: First Class Best Superhero Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society 2017 Split Best Villain Won
Teen Choice Awards 2017 Split Choice Movie: Villain Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle 2011 Gnomeo & Juliet Best 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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