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James McAvoy
Background information
Born April 21, 1979
Glasgow, Scotland
Cause of Death
Nationality Scottish
Occupations Actor
Years active 1995-present
Spouse Anne-Marie Duff
(m. 2006; div. 2016)
Partner Lisa Liberati (2017-present)
Children 1
Notable Work

James McAvoy is a Scottish actor. For the early part of his acting career, he made mostly television appearances, as well as voice acting.


Early Life

James McAvoy was born in Glasgow on 21 April 1979, the son of psychiatric nurse Elizabeth (née Johnstone; died 2018) and builder James McAvoy Sr. He was brought up as a Roman Catholic. His parents split up when he was 7 and divorced when he was 11. McAvoy's mother suffered from poor health and subsequently sent him to live with his maternal grandparents, Mary and James Johnstone, in the nearby Drumchapel area of Glasgow. His mother lived with them intermittently. McAvoy has a younger sister named Joy, and a younger half-brother named Donald. He has not been in contact with his father since childhood. He attended the Catholic St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in the Jordanhill area of Glasgow and briefly considered joining the 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.


McAvoy started acting when he was just fifteen years old, starring in the 1995 film The Near Room. While working on the film, he said he wasn't all that interested in acting, but he became motivated to study acting due to developing feelings for one of his co-stars.

Personal Life

While working on Shameless, McAvoy started a relationship with Anne-Marie Duff, who played his character's love interest; they married on 11 November 2006. They have a son named Brendan (born 2010). On 13 May 2016, the couple jointly announced their decision to divorce. To minimise disruption to their son's life, they initially shared a home in North London when not working elsewhere. Since 2017, McAvoy has been in a relationship with Lisa Liberati, an American production assistant, whom he met on the set of Split.




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)
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 Nicholas Garrigan
2006 Starter for 10 Brian Jackson
2006 Penelope Johnny Martin
2007 Becoming Jane Thomas Langlois Lefroy
2007 Atonement Robbie Turner
2008 Wanted Wesley A. Gibson
2009 The Last Station Valentin Bulgakov
2011 Gnomeo and Juliet Gnomeo (voice)
2011 The Conspirator Frederick Aiken
2011 X-Men: First Class Charles Xavier / Professor X
2011 Arthur Christmas Arthur (voice)
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
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 / The Beast
2017 Atomic Blonde David Percival
2017 Submergence James Moore
2018 Sherlock Gnomes Gnomeo (voice)
2018 Deadpool 2 Charles Xavier / Professor X Uncredited cameo
2019 Glass Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Horde / The Beast
2019 Dark Phoenix Charles Xavier / Professor X
2019 It Chapter Two Bill Denbrough


Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Bill Gavin Donald Episode: "Rent"
2001 Band of Brothers 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
2004–2005 Shameless Steve McBride 13 episodes
2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Joe Macbeth Episode: "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"
2019–present His Dark Materials Lord Asriel Belacqua 3 episodes

Awards and Nominations