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McAvoy at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
James McAvoy Jr. [1]

(1979-04-21) 21 April 1979 (age 39)
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom [2]
Residence London, England, United Kingdom
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
Alma mater Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Years active1995–present
Anne-Marie Duff
(m. 2006;div. 2016)

James McAvoy, Jr. ( /ˈmækəvɔɪ/ ; born 21 April 1979) [1] 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 .

<i>Frank Herberts Children of Dune</i> television series

Frank Herbert's Children of Dune is a three-part science fiction miniseries written by John Harrison and directed by Greg Yaitanes, based on Frank Herbert's novels Dune Messiah (1969) and Children of Dune (1976). First broadcast in the United States on March 16, 2003, Children of Dune is the sequel to the 2000 miniseries Frank Herbert's Dune and produced by the Sci Fi Channel. Children of Dune and its predecessor were two of the three highest-rated programs ever to be broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel. In 2003, Children of Dune won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects, and was nominated for three additional Emmys.


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 .

West End of London Area of Central London, England

The West End of London refers to a distinct region of Central London, west of the City of London and north of the River Thames, in which many of the city's major tourist attractions, shops, businesses, government buildings and entertainment venues, including West End theatres, are concentrated.

The Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play is an annual award presented by The Society of London Theatre in recognition of achievements in commercial British theatre. The awards were established as the Society of West End Theatre Awards in 1976, and, renamed in 1984 in honour of English actor Lord Olivier.

<i>Gnomeo & Juliet</i> computer-animated film loosely based on Romeo and Juliet

Gnomeo & Juliet is a 2011 British-American 3D computer-animated fantasy romantic comedy film loosely based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet and an original screenplay by John R. Smith and Rob Sprackling. Financed by Disney and released through its Touchstone Pictures banner, the film was independently produced by Rocket Pictures and animated by Starz Animation. It was co-written and directed by Kelly Asbury and starring the voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Jason Statham, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, and Ozzy Osbourne.

In 2003, McAvoy appeared in a lead role in Bollywood Queen . This was followed by a supporting role, the faun Mr. Tumnus, in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005). His performance in Kevin Macdonald's drama The Last King of Scotland (2006) garnered him several award nominations, including the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. The critically acclaimed romantic drama war film Atonement (2007) earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination and his second BAFTA nomination. He appeared as a newly trained assassin in the action thriller Wanted (2008).

<i>Bollywood Queen</i> 2002 film by Jeremy Wooding

Bollywood Queen is a British Indian take on the William Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet, directed by Jeremy Wooding and starring Preeya Kalidas and James McAvoy in the lead roles. Produced by Jeremy Wooding, the film was released in 2003.

Mr. Tumnus fictional character, a faun in the land of Narnia who is the first to meet one of the English children

Tumnus is a fictional character in the Narnia books, written by C.S. Lewis. He is featured prominently in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and also appears, with a lesser role, in The Horse and His Boy and The Last Battle. He is close friends with Lucy Pevensie and is the first creature she meets in Narnia, as well as the first Narnian to be introduced in the series. Lewis said that the first Narnia story, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, all came to him from a single picture he had in his head of a faun carrying an umbrella and parcels through a snowy wood. In that way, Tumnus was the initial inspiration for the entire Narnia series.

<i>The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe</i> 2005 feature film, adaptation of the 1950 childrens fantasy novel directed by Andrew Adamson

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 British-American high fantasy film directed by Andrew Adamson and based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published and second chronological novel in C. S. Lewis's children's epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. It was co-produced by Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures. William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley play Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, four British children evacuated during the Blitz to the countryside, who find a wardrobe that leads to the fantasy world of Narnia. There they ally with the Lion Aslan against the forces of Jadis, the White Witch.

In 2011 he played Professor Charles Xavier in the superhero film X-Men: First Class (2011), a role he reprised in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Deadpool 2 (2018) and Dark Phoenix (2019). [3] McAvoy starred in the crime comedy-drama film Filth (2013), for which he won Best Actor in the British Independent Film Awards. [4] In 2017, he portrayed Kevin Crumb, a man with 23 personalities, in M. Night Shyamalan's Split , for which he received critical acclaim. [5] [6] He reprised the role of Kevin Crumb for the 2019 sequel Glass .

Professor X comic book character

Professor Charles Xavier is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is depicted as the founder and sometimes leader of the X-Men. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in The X-Men #1.

<i>X-Men: First Class</i> 2011 superhero film directed by Matthew Vaughn

X-Men: First Class is a 2011 American superhero film, based on the X-Men characters appearing in Marvel Comics. The fifth installment in the X-Men film series, the film was directed by Matthew Vaughn and produced by Bryan Singer. Styled as a prequel to the original film, the story is set primarily in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and focuses on the relationship between Professor Charles Xavier, and Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto, and the origin of their groups—the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants, respectively, as they deal with the Hellfire Club led by Sebastian Shaw, who is bent on world domination. The film co-stars Rose Byrne, January Jones, and Oliver Platt. The film also introduces new actors to the series including Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence who, like McAvoy and Fassbender, reimagine popular characters from the franchise that were already established in the original trilogy.

<i>X-Men: Days of Future Past</i> 2014 superhero film directed by Bryan Singer

X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 superhero film directed and co-produced by Bryan Singer and written by Simon Kinberg from a story by Kinberg, Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn. The film is based on the fictional X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics and is the seventh installment of the X-Men film series, the sequel to both X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: First Class (2011). The story, inspired by the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline "Days of Future Past" by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, focuses on two time periods, with Wolverine traveling back in time to 1973 to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. The film features an ensemble cast, including Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart.

Early life and family

McAvoy was born in Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday, 21 April 1979, the son of Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a psychiatric nurse, and James McAvoy, Sr., a builder. [7] He was brought up as a Roman Catholic. [8] His parents divorced when he was seven. [7] McAvoy's mother suffered from poor health and subsequently decided it was best that he live with his maternal grandparents, Mary and James Johnstone, a butcher who lived in the nearby Drumchapel area of Glasgow. [9] His mother lived with them intermittently. [7] McAvoy has a sister, Joy, and a younger half-brother, Donald. [7] McAvoy has not been in contact with his father since childhood. [7] His mother died in early 2018 at the age of 59.

Glasgow City and council area in Scotland

Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland, and the third most populous city in the United Kingdom, as of the 2017 estimated city population of 621,020. Historically part of Lanarkshire, the city now forms the Glasgow City council area, one of the 32 council areas of Scotland; the local authority is Glasgow City Council. Glasgow is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands. Inhabitants of the city are referred to as "Glaswegians" or "Weegies". It is the fourth most visited city in the UK. Glasgow is also known for the Glasgow patter, a distinct dialect of the Scots language that is noted for being difficult to understand by those from outside the city.


Drumchapel, known to locals and residents as 'The Drum', is part of the city of Glasgow, Scotland, having been annexed from Dunbartonshire in 1938. It borders Bearsden to the east and Clydebank to the west. The area is bordered by Knightswood and Yoker in Glasgow. The name derives from the Gaelic meaning 'the ridge of the horse'.

He attended St Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Jordanhill, Glasgow, a Catholic school, and briefly considered joining the Catholic priesthood. [10] [11] 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. [12] During his education, he worked at a local bakery. [10] [11]


Jordanhill is an affluent area of the West End of the city of Glasgow, Scotland. The area consists largely of terraced housing dating from the early to mid 20th century, with some detached and semi-detached homes and some modern apartments.


1995–2004: Early career

McAvoy's acting debut came at the age of 15 in The Near Room (1995). He later admitted that he was not very interested in acting when joining the film, but was inspired to study acting after developing feelings for his co-star, Alana Brady. [13] He continued to act while still a member of PACE Youth Theatre. [14] [15] McAvoy graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2000. [16] Throughout the early 2000s, he made guest appearances in television shows and began working in film. In 2001, McAvoy's performance as a gay hustler in the play Out in the Open impressed director Joe Wright so much that Wright began offering McAvoy parts in his films. McAvoy kept declining them, however, and it was not until six years later that the two worked together. [16]

He starred in Privates on Parade in the Donmar Warehouse, this time catching Sam Mendes' attention. [7] In 2001, the actor appeared as Private James W. Miller in Band of Brothers , an eleven-hour World War II miniseries by executive producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. [17] [18] He gained the attention of critics in 2002's White Teeth , a four-part television drama miniseries adaption based on the novel of the same name by Zadie Smith. [19]

In 2003, McAvoy appeared in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries Frank Herbert's Children of Dune , adapted from Frank Herbert's novels. It is one of the highest-rated programmes to be aired on the channel. [20] More cable work came for him when he accepted the role of an unprincipled reporter in 2003's State of Play . The well-received six-part British drama serial tells the story of a newspaper's investigation into the death of a young woman and was broadcast on BBC One. [21] [22] Calling the programme a "must-see", the Chicago Tribune recommended State of Play for its cast's performance. [23] In 2002, McAvoy shot scenes for Bollywood Queen , described as West Side Story meets Romeo and Juliet with bindis, the movie deals with star-crossed lovers caught in the middle of clashing cultures; it was shown as a special presentation at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and opened in UK cinemas on 17 October. [24] [25]

In 2004, he acted in the romantic comedy Wimbledon , also featuring Kirsten Dunst as a co-lead. [26] His next project was voicing a character named Hal in the 2004 English version of Strings , a mythic fantasy film. [27] Another 2004 release for him was Inside I'm Dancing , an Irish production directed by Damien O'Donnell starring alongside fellow Scotsman Steven Robertson. In it, the actor was cast as one of the two principal characters: a maverick with duchenne muscular dystrophy. [28] McAvoy ended 2004 by appearing in the first two seasons of Shameless as Steve McBride, the moral hero of the BAFTA-winning Channel 4 programme.

2005–2007: Critical success

His public profile was raised in 2005 with the release of Walt Disney Pictures's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe . McAvoy starred in the fantasy adventure film made by Andrew Adamson and based on C. S. Lewis's children's novel as Tumnus, a faun who befriends Lucy Pevensie (played by Georgie Henley) and joins Aslan (Liam Neeson)'s forces. It was given a UK release of 9 December. At the UK box office, the film opened at number one, earning around £8.7 million at 498 cinemas over the weekend. [29] Worldwide, Narnia grossed £463 million, making it the 41st highest-grossing film of all-time worldwide. [30] That succeeding year he also accepted the principal role of Brian Jackson, a nerdy university student who wins a place on a University Challenge quiz team in the mid-1980s, in Starter for 10 . He was directed by David Nicholls, who adapted the film's screenplay from his own book. The British-American production was given distribution in the UK on 10 November. In spite of the positive buzz, the movie flopped at the box office, unable to recover its production costs of £5.7 million. [31] [32]

Forest Whitaker had suggested McAvoy to director Kevin Macdonald for the role of Nicholas Garrigan in 2006's Academy Award-winning low-budgeted The Last King of Scotland . [33] McAvoy portrayed a Scottish doctor who becomes the personal physician to dictator Idi Amin (played by Whittaker) while in Uganda. While the film is based on factual events of Amin's rule, the details of the story and the character McAvoy played are fictional and adapted from Giles Foden's 1998 novel. McAvoy assessed his character to be a "completely selfish prick". [12] An overwhelmed McAvoy fainted during his first take of what would be the hardest scene for him to shoot, Nicholas's torture. [34] McAvoy was named Best Actor of the year by Scotland's own BAFTA Awards, where the film swept the major categories, [35] and received a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The film received three awards, including the Outstanding British Film of the Year. [36] This was accompanied by praise for McAvoy's performance. [37]

Following that, he played Irish attorney Tom Lefroy and love-interest to Jane Austen in Becoming Jane , a 2007 historical movie inspired by the author's early life. [38] Next up was Penelope , which premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. [39] Also starring co-producer Reese Witherspoon, it generated polarised reviews. [40] The breakthrough role in McAvoy's career came in Atonement , Joe Wright's 2007 adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel of the same title. A romantic war film, it focuses on lovers Cecilia and Robbie's (Keira Knightley and McAvoy) lives being torn apart after her jealous younger sister, Briony (Saoirse Ronan) falsely accuses him of rape. Upon reading the script, McAvoy said he thought "If I don't get the part I'm not reading the book because it'll be devastating. It's an amazing role and I really wanted it." [41] McAvoy has called the film "incredibly sad" but considers it an uplifting experience. He also shared that he hoped viewers will be left "absolutely devastated and harrowed." Screenings of Atonement were held at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was one of the most acclaimed films present, and Venice Film Festival. [42] [43] Atonement was a big awards contender; it was nominated for fourteen BAFTAs and seven Academy Awards. [44] [45] Both McAvoy and Knightley were nominated for their performances at the 65th Golden Globe Awards, respectively. [46] Additionally, the film was lauded by critics, with Metacritic reporting it to have an approval rating of 85. [47] The Hollywood Reporter writer Ray Bennett said the duo gave "compelling and charismatic performances". [48]

2008–present: Wanted, X-Men and subsequent work

His next role saw McAvoy starring with Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman in Wanted (2008), an action film where he portrayed Wesley Gibson, a young American slacker who learns he is heir to a legacy of assassins. When McAvoy screen-tested for the role, he was initially rejected because the studio was seeking an actor with conventional Hollywood leading-man looks and physique. He later recalled being considered the "runt of the litter" of those who tested, but ultimately got the role in late 2006 since the studio "wanted someone geeky". [49] [50] While shooting action scenes for Wanted, he suffered several injuries, including a twisted ankle and an injured knee. [51] Nonetheless the actor said he had a "good time" doing the movie. McAvoy had never done this type of genre before and thought of Wanted as a chance to be more versatile. [52]

Loosely based on the comic book miniseries of the same name by Mark Millar, it saw a June 2008 release worldwide. It received favourable reviews from the press, who generally liked that it was fast-paced. [53] At the box office, Wanted was a success, grossing $341 million against a $75 million production budget. [54] Next was The Last Station (2009), a biopic that details the final months of celebrated writer Leo Tolstoy and also stars Anne-Marie Duff, McAvoy's wife at the time. [55] It was shown at a limited number of screens in the US. [56] Although most critics' awards paid attention to co-stars Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer, the Satellite Awards nominated McAvoy for Best Supporting Actor. [57] In 2009, McAvoy voiced Angelina's father, Maurice Mouseling, in the television series, Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps .

McAvoy at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival JamesMcAvoyTIFFSept10.jpg
McAvoy at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

He also appeared onstage in 2009 at Apollo Theater's Three Days of Rain. [58] He voiced the male titular character in Gnomeo and Juliet (2011), an animated movie based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet . [59] In Robert Redford's historical American drama The Conspirator , McAvoy played the role of an idealistic war hero who reluctantly defends co-conspirator Mary Surratt (Robin Wright) charged in the Abraham Lincoln assassination. It premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. [60] While this movie garnered mixed reception, critics lauded the actor for his work. In Owen Gleiberman's assessment of The Conspirator, he found it "stiff-jointed" and tedious, but regarded McAvoy as "an avid presence". [61]

In mid-2010, McAvoy was cast as telepathic superhero Professor X, leader and founder of the X-Men, in X-Men: First Class . [62] He joined an ensemble that included Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult. Based on the Marvel Comics and a prequel to the film series, it focuses on the relationship between Professor X and Magneto and the origin of their groups. McAvoy did not read comics as a child, but was a fan of the X-Men animated cartoon series. [63] Released to the UK on 1 June, First Class topped its box office with ticket sales of around £5 million in its opening weekend. [64] First Class was reviewed favourably, and McAvoy's performance was widely praised. [65] In 2011, McAvoy began filming the role of Max Lewinsky in the British thriller Welcome to the Punch . [66] He played the lead role in the Danny Boyle film Trance .

In 2012, McAvoy was cast as Bruce Robertson in Filth , an adaptation of an Irvine Welsh novel of the same name. The film's ensemble cast includes Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan, and Imogen Poots. For his role, McAvoy won Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards in December 2013. [67] It was also announced that he would co-star with Jessica Chastain in a double-feature film project, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby . [68] He performed the male lead in radio play adaptation of Neverwhere written by Neil Gaiman. [69] In October 2016 McAvoy played the character Richard in the BBC Radio 4 production of Neil Gaiman's short story 'How The Marquis Got His Coat Back'. [70] Gaiman played the role of the Boatman.

McAvoy starred in Shakespeare's Macbeth on London's West End in early 2013. Macbeth was the first performance at the Trafalgar Transformed, running from 9 February until 27 April. The production was directed by Jamie Lloyd who also directed McAvoy in his last stint on the stage in 2009's Three Days of Rain . [71] In 2015, McAvoy won the Best Actor award at London's Evening Standard Theater Awards for his portrayal of Jack Gurney in The Ruling Class , [72] a revival of the Peter Barnes play directed by Jamie Lloyd. It ran at Trafalgar Studios from 16 January to 11 April 2015.

McAvoy reprised his role as Professor X in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), which grossed $747.9 million worldwide, making it the sixth highest-grossing film of the year 2014, and the second highest-grossing film in the X-Men franchise and in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse . [73] In 2016, he starred in the M. Night Shyamalan thriller Split as Kevin Wendell Crumb, a dissociative identity disorder sufferer with dangerous capabilities. In 2019, he again starred in Glass as the same character. His performance was praised by critics, with some hailing it as the best of his career. [5] [6] McAvoy played Hazel in the miniseries version of Watership Down . He reprised his role as Crumb in Glass (2019). [74] McAvoy will be returning as Professor X in the 2019 film Dark Phoenix . [75]

McAvoy will play adult Bill Denbrough in the upcoming It: Chapter Two . The film is set to hit theaters in September 2019. [76]

Personal life

McAvoy with then wife Anne-Marie whom he married in November 2006. The couple announced their intention to divorce in May 2016. Anne-Marie DuffJamesMcAvoyBAFTA07.jpg
McAvoy with then wife Anne-Marie whom he married in November 2006. The couple announced their intention to divorce in May 2016.

While working on Shameless, McAvoy started a relationship with Anne-Marie Duff, who played his character's love interest, and they married on 11 November 2006 in a quiet ceremony. [77] They have one child together, a son named Brendan (b. 2010). [78] On 13 May 2016, McAvoy and Duff jointly announced their decision to divorce. [79] To minimise disruption to Brendan's life, they still share a home in North London when not working elsewhere. [80]

After McAvoy won the "Rising Star" award from the BAFTAs, his estranged father spoke to the Sunday Mirror , stating that he would love to get in touch with his son, but did not know how to reach him. Though the actor did not read the piece, he heard about it and was unmoved. [7] McAvoy considers himself a spiritual person who no longer practises Catholicism. [11]

He enjoys fantasy themes which he said started from the age of 11 with The Lord of the Rings . [81] 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. [82]

Speaking to Sky News, McAvoy said he believed that British filmmakers belittle and dumb down their productions to please American audiences. "It's like we're patronising them and short changing ourselves," the actor commented. [83] He had previously called 3-D films a "waste of money", accusing film studios of using the effect to get more money out of their theatre audiences. [84]


At some point, McAvoy did a 'terrifying' BASE jump from the world's tallest hospital building in a bid to help raise money for Ugandan children's charity Retrak, an organisation which assists children on the streets. [85] Additionally, McAvoy is a celebrity supporter of the British Red Cross with whom he travelled to Uganda to raise awareness of the projects there. He had become involved with the charity after shooting The Last King of Scotland there for several months and was shocked by what he saw. [86] In February 2007, he visited northern Uganda and spent four days seeing projects supported by the British Red Cross. [87] In 2015, McAvoy pledged £125,000 to a 10-year scholarship programme at his former drama school, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. [88]



1995The Near RoomKevin Savage
1997An Angel Passes ByLocal boyShort film
Regeneration Anthony Balfour
2001 Swimming Pool Mike
2003 Bright Young Things The Earl of Balcairn
Bollywood Queen Jay
2004 Wimbledon Carl Colt
Strings Hal TaraVoice role
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
Starter for 10 Brian Jackson
Penelope Johnny Martin
2007 Becoming Jane Thomas Langlois Lefroy
Atonement Robbie Turner
2008 Wanted Wesley A. Gibson
2009 The Last Station Valentin Bulgakov
2011 Gnomeo and Juliet GnomeoVoice role
The Conspirator Frederick Aiken
X-Men: First Class Charles Xavier / Professor X
Arthur Christmas ArthurVoice role
2013 Welcome to the Punch Max Lewinsky
Trance Simon Newton
Filth Bruce Robertson
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Delivery ManCameo
X-Men: Days of Future Past Charles Xavier / Professor X
(Younger Adult)
Shared role with Patrick Stewart
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Conor Ludlow
2015 Victor Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Charles Xavier / Professor X
Split Kevin Wendell Crumb /
The Horde
2017 Atomic Blonde David Percival
Submergence James Moore
2018 Sherlock Gnomes GnomeoVoice role
Deadpool 2 Charles Xavier / Professor XUncredited cameo
2019 Glass Kevin Wendell Crumb /
The Horde
Dark Phoenix Charles Xavier / Professor XPost-production
It: Chapter Two Bill DenbroughPost-production


1997 The Bill Gavin DonaldEpisode: "Rent"
2001 Band of Brothers Pvt. James W. MillerEpisode: "Replacements"
2001 Lorna Doone Sergeant BloxhamTelevision film
2001 Murder in Mind Martin VosperEpisode: "Teacher"
2002 White Teeth Josh Malfen2 episodes
2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Gowan RossEpisode: "Payment in Blood"
2002 Foyle's War Ray PritchardEpisode: "The German Woman"
2003 Frank Herbert's Children of Dune Leto II Atreides 3 episodes
2003 State of Play Dan Foster6 episodes
2003 Early Doors Liam4 episodes
2004–2005 Shameless Steve McBride13 episodes
2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Joe MacbethEpisode: "Macbeth"
2009–2010 Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps Mr. Maurice Mouseling (voice)
2018 Watership Down Hazel (voice)4 episodes
2019 Saturday Night Live Himself (host)Episode: "James McAvoy/Meek Mill" [89]
2019 His Dark Materials Lord Asriel


The Tempest Ferdinand Brunton Theatre
West Side Story RiffCourtyard Centre for the Arts Hereford
Romeo and Juliet RomeoCourtyard Centre for the Arts Hereford
Beauty and the Beast Bobby BuckfastAdam Smith Theatre
2000The Reel of the Hanged ManGerald Traverse Theatre
Lovers Joe Royal Lyceum Theatre
2001Out In The OpenIggy Hampstead Theatre
2001 Privates on Parade Private Steven Flowers Donmar Warehouse
2005 Breathing Corpses Ben Royal Court Theatre
2009 Three Days of Rain Walker & Ned Apollo Theatre
Nominated—Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor
2013 Macbeth Macbeth Trafalgar Studios
Nominated—Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor
2015 The Ruling Class Jack Gurney Trafalgar Studios
Evening Standard Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor

Video games

YearTitleVoice role
2016 F1 2016 Team Radio

Awards and nominations

List of awards and nominations.
OrganizationYear [lower-alpha 1] Work(s)CategoryResult
Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2007 Atonement Best Seduction (with Keira Knightley)Won
ALOS Awards2018 Split Best Actor in a Leading RoleWon
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 FilmWon
2014 Filth Best Actor in FilmWon
British Comedy Awards 2004 Shameless Best TV Comedy NewcomerNominated
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 RevelationWon
Central Ohio Film Critics Association2018 Split Best ActorNominated
Dublin Film Critics' Circle 2007 Atonement Best ActorNominated
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 Atonement , Becoming Jane Best ActorNominated
Fright Meter Awards2017 Split Best ActorWon
Gold Derby Awards 2008 Atonement Best Actor Nominated
2008 Atonement Best Ensemble CastNominated
Golden Globes Awards 2008 Atonement Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated
IGN Award 2011 X-Men: First Class Best Ensemble CastNominated
International Online Cinema Awards2008 Atonement Best ActorNominated
2017 Split Best ActorNominated
Irish Film & Television Academy 2008 Atonement Best International ActorNominated
Kids' Choice Awards 2017 X-Men: Apocalypse #SquadNominated
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 Filth , Trance , Welcome 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 – MaleNominated
North Texas Film Critics Association2018 Split Best ActorNominated
OFTA Awards 2008 Atonement Best ActorNominated
People's Choice Awards 2012 X-Men: First Class Favorite Movie SuperheroNominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society2017 Split Best Actor in a Leading RoleNominated
San Diego Film Critics Society 2017 Split Best Male Actor Won
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2008 Atonement Virtuoso AwardWon
Satellite Awards 2009 The Last Station Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Nominated
Scream Awards 2011 X-Men: First Class Best Fantasy ActorNominated
2011 X-Men: First Class Best SuperheroNominated
Seattle Film Critics Society 2017 Split Best VillainWon
Teen Choice Awards 2017 Split Choice Movie: Villain Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle 2011 Gnomeo & Juliet Best Screen Couple (with Emily Blunt)Nominated
(Source: [90] )

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