James McAvoy Biography, Life, Interesting Facts


James McAvoy

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April 21, 1979

Birth Place :

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

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James McAvoy is a Scottish-born actor who rose to stardom for his fundamental roles in films like ‘The Last King of Scotland,' ‘Atonement,’ and the ‘X-Men Series.' On 21 April 1979, James Andrew McAvoy was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His father, James was a builder while his mother, Elizabeth was a nurse. At the age of seven, McAvoy became a product of a split home. The consequence led him to move to his great-grandparents’ home in Glasgow. Although he used to make-up with his mother from time to time, James promised himself that he would never come to speak to his father. Read along to understand more.

Early Life

James McAvoy joined St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Glasgow, a Catholic school and briefly attended the priesthood. For six years James sharpened his acting skills at Pace Youth Theatre. In 2001, he graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. McAvoy has a sibling called Joy McAvoy, a professional singer.



In the mid of 1995 James McAvoy appeared in two films; ‘The near Room’ and later in ‘Pat Barker’s Regeneration.' He also took a role of Stephen Spielberg in ‘Band of Brothers’ miniseries. He became an international star starring Sci-Fi Channel miniseries. In 2005 James landed the role of Ben in the ‘Breathing Corpses’ films as well as ‘The Chronicles of Narnia.' He collaborated with Forest Whitaker and played ‘The Last King of Scotland Novel.' At the 2006 BAFTA Awards, James received Orange Rising Star



Two films; ‘Atonement’ and ‘Becoming Jane’ garnered McAvoy with the Golden Globe Award in 2001. His early project was a mix of thriller and comedy titled ‘Perrier’s Bounty’ in 2008. In 2009 he appeared in ‘The Last Station’ that he briefly toured the life of notable Russian novelist known as Leo Tolstoy. He followed it up with Charles Xavier in ‘X-Men: First Class.' Prominent producer recognized his work in Hollywood. In the long run, other projects such as; ‘The Coldest City’ and ‘Wim Wenders’ followed.



McAvoy’s father, James, and his half-brother Donald McAvoy were arrested for dealing with illegal drugs. Both were charged with the supply of cocaine in Drumchapel, Glasgow. They were arrested on 5, December. They were later granted a private court session at Glasgow Sheriff Court. In reality, the news didn’t amaze James. He hasn’t had visible contact with his father for over two decades now. To your surprise, he doesn’t know, or he has never met his half-brother. The whole sequence began when his father married a new partner, Mary after he separated with his mother.


Personal Life

From his teenage life, James McAvoy has proved to be a talented actor. He is also a skilled acrobat and fencer. In 2006 James Married Anne Marie Duff, an actress. At his free time, James loves to watch Football, especially his favorite team; Celtic Club. Even though he learned a thing or two about the priesthood, McAvoy doesn’t relate himself to the Catholic Church believes.

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