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McAvoy at the Cannes Festival in 2014
James Andrew McAvoy Jr.

21 April 1979 (1979-04-21) (age 43)
Nationality Scottish
Citizenship British
Alma mater Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Anne-Marie Duff (m. 2006–2016)
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James Andrew McAvoy Jr. born 21 April 1979 is a Scottish actor. He made his acting debut as a teen in 1995 and continued to make mostly television appearances until 2003, when his feature film career began. He continued to work in both areas from then on. His notable television work includes the drama show State of Play and the science fiction show 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. During his career he has been nominated for and also received numerous awards.

Early life and family

McAvoy was born in Glasgow, Scotland and was brought up as a Roman Catholic. He attended St Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Jordanhill, Glasgow, a Catholic school, and briefly considered joining the Catholic priesthood. In a 2006 interview, McAvoy said that he considered becoming a priest as a child because it seemed to be a way to explore the world via missionary work. During his education, he worked at a local bakery.

Personal life

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McAvoy with then wife Anne-Marie whom he married in November 2006. The couple announced their intention to divorce in May 2016

While working, McAvoy started a relationship with Anne-Marie Duff and they married on 11 November 2006 in a quiet ceremony. They have one child together (b. 2010). On 13 May 2016, McAvoy and Duff jointly announced their decision to divorce.

McAvoy's big interest outside acting and science fiction is football; he is a huge fan of Celtic Football Club, stating that his dream role would be to play Celtic legend Jimmy Johnstone. McAvoy considers himself a spiritual person.

McAvoy is a celebrity supporter of the British Red Cross with whom he travelled to Uganda to raise awareness of the projects there. In February 2007, he visited northern Uganda and spent four days seeing projects supported by the British Red Cross. In 2015, McAvoy pledged £125,000 to a 10-year scholarship programme at his former drama school, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Near Room, TheThe Near Room Kevin Savage
1997 Angel Passes By, AnAn 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 Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, TheThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Mr. Tumnus
2006 Last King of Scotland, TheThe 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 Last Station, TheThe Last Station Valentin Bulgakov
2011 Gnomeo and Juliet Gnomeo Voice role
2011 Conspirator, TheThe 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 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
2017 Atomic Blonde David Percival
2017 Submergence James Moore
2018 Sherlock Gnomes Gnomeo Voice role
2019 Glass Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Horde Post-production
2019 X-Men: Dark Phoenix Charles Xavier / Professor X Post-production

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