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Net Worth$17 million
Date Of BirthApril 21, 1979
SpouseAnne-Marie Duff
MarkBlue eyes
FactPassed his car driving test at the age of 30, although he had ridden a motorcycle for many years.

James McAvoy is a Scottish actor. He made his acting debut as a teenager in the film The Near Room and continued to act in small roles on television and in films throughout the 1990s. He made his film breakthrough in the science fiction film The Last King of Scotland, for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Since then, McAvoy has starred in several films including Atonement, Wanted, and Filth. He has also played Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series since 2011.

Early Life

James McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland. His parents, Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy, Sr., a bus driver, divorced when he was seven. He was brought up by his maternal grandparents, Mary and James Johnstone, who have been described as “strict Catholic socialists”. McAvoy has a younger sister, Joy, and a younger brother, Donald. 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, but abandoned the idea when he realised that he “couldn’t be doing something that [he] didn’t believe in.”

McAvoy’s mother died when he was 16. His grandfather died the following year. After the death of his grandmother in 1997, McAvoy moved in with his aunt Elizabeth and lived with her and her family in Bearsden, an affluent suburb of Glasgow. He has said that moving in with his aunt was precipitated by the death of his mother.


McAvoy’s first experience of acting was amateur dramatics while at primary school. Encouraged by his English teacher to pursue a career in acting, he joined the Centre for Youth Drama in Glasgow after his secondary education. His first acting role came at age 13, when he was cast as an extra in the local television series Rab C Nesbitt. He also had a small part in an episode of the series Taggart. McAvoy’s first major role came when he was 16. He was cast as Private James Wainwright in the British war film The Near Room (1995), which was released to little fanfare. His performance caught the attention of talent scout Gary Smith, who helped him secure an agent and took him on as a client.

McAvoy continued to act in small roles on television and in films throughout the 1990s. He made his film breakthrough in the 2006 historical drama The Last King of Scotland, in which he played fictional doctor Nicholas Garrigan opposite Forest Whitaker’s Oscar-winning portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. The film was a critical and commercial success, and McAvoy’s performance earned him several awards, including the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Since then, McAvoy has starred in several films including Atonement (2007), Wanted (2008), and Filth (2013). He has also played Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series since 2011. In 2017, he starred as Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Horde in the psychological horror-thriller Split. The film was a commercial success and earned him critical acclaim. His performance earned him a Saturn Award for Best Actor.

McAvoy is set to reprise his role as Professor Charles Xavier / Professor X in the upcoming film Dark Phoenix (2019). He will also star alongside Angelina Jolie in the upcoming action-adventure film Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019).

Net Worth

James McAvoy has an estimated net worth of $30 million. He has earned his fortune through his successful career as an actor. His salary for the X-Men films is unknown but is estimated to be around $5 million per film. He also earns additional income through endorsements and sponsorships.


McAvoy has been married twice. His first marriage was to actress Anne-Marie Duff from 2006 to 2016. The couple have one child together, a son named Brendan (born 2010). In 2019, he married actress Lisa Liberati. The couple have one child together, a daughter named Clara (born 2019).

General Info

Full NameJames McAvoy
Net Worth$17 million
Date Of BirthApril 21, 1979
Height1.7 m
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland, St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, Glasgow


SpouseAnne-Marie Duff
ChildrenBrendan McAvoy
ParentsElizabeth Johnstone, James McAvoy, Sr.
SiblingsJoy McAvoy, Donald McAvoy


AwardsBAFTA Rising Star Award, British Independent Film Award for Best Actor, London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actor of the Year, Empire Award for Best Actor
NominationsMTV Movie Award for Best Kiss, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, European Film Award for Best Actor, People's Choice Award for Favorite ...
MoviesX-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: First Class, Atonement, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Filth, Victor Frankenstein, The Last King of Scotland, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Becoming Jane, Wanted, Trance, Penelope, The Conspirator, Starter for 10, Welcome to the Punch, The Las...
TV ShowsShameless, Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps, Early Doors, State of Play, Frank Herbert's Children of Dune, White Teeth, Band of Brothers, Watership Down

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#Marks / Signs
1Scottish accent
2Wavy hair
3Blue eyes


1[on the paranormal] I want to believe. I try to believe. It's hard - I'm a lapsed believer. My granddad took me to the Glasgow City Chambers once - sort of like city hall. I was just standing in these massive, vast halls, and there was these huge portraits of old leaders of our nation - I don't know, probably not that important, but important enough to be in there - and I remember crossing over a roped line. And I touched [a painting] - and I've tried this many times since - and the whole room spun. I was very young, and maybe I had low blood sugar or something, but I touched the painting and it was so canvas-y and textured, it felt like it was a 3D thing. The whole room spun, and I thought the man was holding my hand. But it's never happened to me ever again, but I have tried to make it happen a few times. Like I said though, it was probably low blood sugar. I was a malnourished lad. We survived on sausage and fizzy drinks.
2[on mobile/cell phones] I feel like I'm one of those people who's part of the last generation that got to be a full-blown adult and not have a mobile phone. It's so weird how different the world was to be an adult without a phone. It's crazy. And to be like, 'Hey I'll see you Thursday at half past five at that place,' and you would have to turn up. There was never anything of kind of going like, 'Hey are you still up for tonight?' or 'Yeah, um, this thing came up.' You were just there, and if you weren't there, you kind of lost a friend. There was no likes or dislikes or unfriending people; you just kind of showed up or called.
3Drama teaches you to empathise and that stands you in good stead - whether you are going to be an actor, a director or a plumber - it improves your ability to connect with the world around you.
4I would say to any young person who is thinking about applying to a youth theatre or any of the courses at RCS [Royal Conservatoire of Scotland], go for it, do it, don't be worried about what people are going to say. I came from a place where nobody had done anything like that and it worked out pretty good and nobody beat me up for it, even though I thought they would! So, go for it, do it. It will open your mind, it's not about being an actor, it's about having an experience that is magical, that transcends our boundaries and the things that keep us down.
5[on his play "The Ruling Class"] No matter how light it is, it's anger running through it. And it seeps into you. It gets really into your bones, actually. So it is the hardest thing I've ever done. It's also the hardest thing I've ever done simply because I've got to do singing, dancing, unicycling, playing the flute, sword fighting, crucifixions, backflips and fighting monsters and fighting puppets... so all that stuff's really hard. But that's why I wanted to do it - because it was hard. Because I felt some of the other stuff I'd been doing was nice chamber pieces that weren't actually what theatre is.
6I think theatre is a sacrificial process. I think the first piece of theatre was when they sacrificed a lamb or a person in front of other people and that's sort of the route of theatre. Like the route of fine art is cave drawings and the route of novels and great literature is the first scribblings of writing or whatever... but the route of theatre is, I think, human sacrifice. So every time you go on stage you've got to feel like people are giving something up and leaving something on stage of themselves and this felt like this would give us the opportunity to do that.
7I don't think it matters where actors come from and I don't care if all the actors come from posh private schools. But I do care about a government that doesn't prioritise arts in education. It is one of the first things that if you take it away, it's a signal that the government doesn't care about upward mobility any more. Art is one the first things you take away from society if you want to keep them down.
8Nobody has got anything against an actor who is posh and is doing really well. But we are real worried about a society that doesn't give opportunities to everybody from every walk of life to be able to get into the arts, and that is happening. That doesn't affect us right now, but it will affect us five years from now, ten years from now, certainly further down the line. That's a frightening world to live in because as soon as you get one tiny pocket of society creating all the arts, or culture starts to become representative not of everybody, but of one tiny part, and that's not fair to begin with, but it's also damaging for society.
9[on whether his celebrity status makes it harder for him to be faithful] I have a wife, so I'm monogamous. And my heart also belongs to my son and my grandparents. When it comes to my friends, I'm no longer quite as generous with my love. That's to do with age. I realised that my energy does have boundaries.
10My carefree attitude disappeared when my son was born four years ago. But that's a good thing! I don't want to be as carefree as I used to be. Sometimes it's important that certain things keep you up at night. It's just a shame that you become more cautious and pragmatic with age. I never used to feel restricted by boundaries; anything was possible. And as you get older a fear creeps in that says, life isn't forever.
11I am very grateful for the awards that I have won, but I have never gone into my study, looked at my awards and thought: "Oh, I am a good actor!" Somebody says "Well done!" to you, you think "Great!" and forget it immediately. Somebody gives you an award, it's great because you can find another great job and maybe win another one, but it doesn't stay with me.
12My last day on the film [Filth (2013)] was on the "Reeperbahn", at midnight, face-down, on the concrete with extras and real people and real prostitutes walking past me and not giving me much attention. Whew. I was thinking: "This shoot better end f*****g soon." There I was, lying on the ground, in the middle of the "Reeperbahn", basically chewing mud because I have been just slapped hard in the face by an actress - who has been reported to be a real prostitute, though that's not true, she is an actress - and thinking: "This film is gonna kill me. And if it doesn't, the Reeperbahn will." My experience of Hamburg was dark. It was also the end of the shoot and I was really done. I loved playing Bruce [Robertson] and I'm sad that I'll never play him again, but at that moment I was glad that it was the end.
13Maybe there is lightness in Scottish characters, but I'm not interested in finding it. I'm really happy with what I've portrayed of Scotland so far, even if it is dark and demonic.
14I don't know why, but I have the most fun playing the most f****d up people. Connor [in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)], Macbeth, and the guy from 'Filth', Bruce Robertson [Filth (2013)]. Those people have been the most fun I've had recently in terms of playing characters, and yet they are going through the most harrowing and f****d up and disgusting things at times. So it's very strange. I don't know what that is. I play people who are suffering and I will be having a great old time. Maybe to improve my own personal happiness [laughs].
15Earlier in my career, I used to look at other actors and maybe steal a move here or there, but as I have gotten older, I prefer releasing the idiosyncratic quality that every single person has. That is truly interesting. In the pursuit of pretending and making things seem real, what is really interesting is watching somebody on camera or on stage releasing things that only they could. That is really beautiful.
16I've made biscuits, cookies, cupcakes and stuff like that for my kid recently, but other than that I can't really bake bread or anything.
17[while playing Bruce Robertson in Filth (2013)] I've got a dark and filthy sense of humour, but it got a lot darker and filthier. And I swore. I usually swear a lot, but I swore a great deal more when making the film and my wife kept telling me to watch my mouth and not to swear around the kid.
18I've not had a fried Mars Bar since I was about 21, but they're good, man.
19[on one of the deleted scenes in Filth (2013)] So we got money from Belgium and thought, 'Right, dogs***king scene - that's happening in Belgium'. It was a strange day, getting humped by a dog. It wasn't just the dog, it was also the camera and the boom. There were a lot of different things humping my leg at different times of the day. My favourite bit of that scene is when I get it in my mouth by accident. That's one of my favourite bits of the movie, and it's not even in the movie.
20[on scenes that were cut from [Filth (2013)] There's a lot of harsh, harsh stuff in there that never made it into the film, but again, not because we were worried about hurting anybody, but just that we were worried we were getting too in love with the groove of it rather than concentrating on the story of it. It's a fairly hard story to grasp onto anyway. You think it's about a murder case but actually it's about his chase for a promotion, then hopefully you realise what's holding the film together is his deteriorating mental state. You finally, around 50 minutes in, get the true revelation of what you are really watching. You are watching this man's mind explode. So entertaining superfluous stuff just had to go.
21[on The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)] So when I came back into it, I came for the first day of rehearsals and I swear to you, I did not know we were doing two films. Because when they asked me to do it, they needed a quick answer because they were going to lose financing. So I got the script from my old original email from two years previously and just read that and said 'I'm up for it!' I think my agent or somebody mentioned there were two films, and it was just one of those things that didn't quite compute. I was just like, 'What the f**k is she on? Eh, nevermind.' And it was the first day of rehearsals and I was sitting there and my script was incredibly thick. And I was like 'Holy f*****g shit!' I don't think I admitted that to the director for two weeks, actually. And Jess [Jessica Chastain] only found out today.
22['Macbeth'] gets called 'the Scottish Play', but it's not about Scotland - it's about a f*****g mental case. For me, it's about a guy with huge trauma: firstly post-traumatic stress disorder, but also the trauma of not being able to have a child. I've been doing a lot of that sort of stuff lately. My roles over the last couple of years have mostly been about mental people losing their families or [going through] huge traumas and suffering mentally for it: Trance [Trance (2013)], Filth, [Filth (2013)], Eleanor Rigby [The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)] - even f*****g Frankenstein is about the loss of a child, and more mentalness, and playing God with people's lives.
23[on The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)] When I received the script, I'd just become a father. I didn't want to be in a film that featured a couple dealing with the death of their child. It took two years after the birth of Brendan for me to be at enough of a distance to take on the story.
24I really am thrifty. When it comes to the people I love, I'm generous, but I don't need much. I spend money on groceries and pay my bills. Every now and again I'll allow myself a chocolate bar. I'm joking but seriously, I'm careful with my money. I learnt that from my grandparents. That was always very important to me, not to be in debt to anyone, money-wise. I was determined not to take any money off my mother or my grandparents after I was 18.
25[on portraying a downtrodden character in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)] It was simple - when I went out drinking with friends, I just didn't come home early and ordered another couple of beers instead. That made the make-up artists' jobs very nice and easy the next day.
26You can't control your career as an actor. If you could strategise your way to the top, then everybody would be successful and playing the leads in movies where they're commanding millions of dollars. And they're not. You can't. There are better actors than me who are struggling, and there are worse actors than me who are coining it in. Luckily for me, the work has just kept coming. If a director doesn't want me, that's their f*****g loss.
27[on Scottish independence] I don't mind staying together, and I don't mind splitting up, but I don't really like either of the parties who've made arguments. I don't trust politicians at the moment. Why suddenly believe them now? Whether it turns out bad or good, you can make the best of independence. But pursuing it with a goal to be richer is f*****g pointless. We could be [rich] for four years, but then we might not be. That's what happens. If you look at Ireland, people were willing to fight and die for their f*****g independence 100 years ago. Ask any Scotsman who wants independence whether they want to shed blood for it. I don't think they'd say yes.
28I'm always on the hunt for something new, a character I have never played before. Thanks to X-Men I have a certain amount of financial freedom. When I know I'll be making another blockbuster in a couple of years' time, I can afford to say yes to smaller projects with smaller budgets.
29[on winning a BAFTA for Best Actor for his role in The Last King of Scotland (2006)] It was an incredibly important thing for me, and it's remained something that I'm really fond of; I think it might have been one of the first awards I ever won and it was a real moment of feeling like acceptance anyway from your peers and from the people that are in the industry with you.
30[on his biggest fashion mistake] Going through a waistcoat phase while I was at secondary school. It was a brave move in my neighbourhood. I've only done it once on the red carpet. Never again.
31I take my job very seriously and if I start acting like an idiot off screen, I lose that respect.
32My grandparents were always very strict with me, my mother, too. I know it may sound as if things were quite difficult, unstable or whatever, but in fact they weren't at all. I was very happy as a child, even though I was never let out of the door on my own until I was 16. In a way I think that stopped me from getting into mischief, but I don't think I was ever that mischievous anyway.
33If you'd have told me about my career as a wee boy, I'd have been really f*****g surprised. I wouldn't have believed you. I didn't even think about acting until I was acting.
34[on being placed in a school rock band] I was a nice enough boy that needed something to do. Suddenly, I was around people who weren't afraid of being slightly different or called names, or singing a song, or playing in a band. I could suddenly stop being afraid to be different, or to aim for something, or to ask for something, or of being bullied. I could step outside the safety circle of being like everybody f*****g else.
35[on playing a leading role] When you're playing the lead, you're not just playing the character with the most lines. You're partly leading the company, helping to set the tone and the example of the work ethic. You are colouring the production with every choice you make, and you've got to do that on purpose, and not be so precious and gentle with it.
36[on how fatherhood has changed him] I take fewer risks. I would love to do a skydive, because I like anything to do with heights. But that will have to wait for now. But I do still use my motorbike. After the birth of [his son] Brendan I was all set to sell it, but my wife insisted it was a part of my personality. However, I do drive on secure tracks - it's much safer than in normal traffic.
37When actors are lucky enough to get work their worry starts to become: 'will I get anything as good as that again?' I played Macbeth and I did Bruce [Robertson, in Filth (2013)] in the one year and it's made it quite difficult for me, as I don't know what to do after that. Maybe I need to deal with the fact that I will never get anything as interesting as that again. I don't even mean for the audience, I mean just for myself. Bruce came easier than any other part I've played, which is terrifying, because he is a demon, he is a proper son of Satan, although the truth he is just like any one of us who has gone horrendously bad. I actually loved him.
38I don't have a middle name. If I had to take one, I'd like something Scottish like Hamish or Cameron.
39[on playing disturbed detective Bruce Robertson in Filth (2013)] With this it's never black and white. You never quite know where the line is in terms of humour, in terms of your emotional connection to the character, in terms of right or wrong, in terms of your allegiance to him, in terms of your empathy and sympathy, in terms of your repulsion to him. And just as he's becoming vulnerable and drawing you in, he forces a fifteen year-old girl to give him a blowjob. So he's constantly moving the line in the sand. And you're constantly asking the audience to cross that line.
40What I do as an actor. I don't go, 'What's the truth of this scene, what should I be playing for the truth of this moment? I look at what I want the audience to feel, and I work back from that. I probably have the audience at the forefront of my mind for most movies, but particularly for Filth (2013), because half the fun of this film is in pulling the audience from pillar to post in terms of how much they can take.
41At the beginning of my career I just set out to hopefully dupe people into giving me any kind of work, and that was a lot of character work. I was just happy to get anything and I'm lucky that I've not been pigeon-holed too much. I've started to plan things a bit more now, but until the last three or four years I never really planned anything.
42[on Filth (2013)] Some people will just hate it, but there is going to be a lot of people who wouldn't expect to like it who will find it entertaining, interesting and emotionally powerful. It is not what you usually expect from me. It is not Trainspotting (1996). It is very Irvine Welsh but it has got its own voice.
43[on his role in "Macbeth"] You're having a mental and physical breakdown throughout the course of the show every night. It is one of those parts, those plays, where the audience is willing you to dash yourself on the rocks, both artistically and actually a little bit. It's all very controlled and we're trying to make sure nothing like that would ever happen of course, but we have to go so far to make people feel like anything could happen, make it seem like we are on the verge of losing control. That's not only a hard line to ride, it's also an exhausting one. But I'm loving it, absolutely loving it.
44If you can't empathise and imagine what it is like to be somebody from somewhere else your world becomes very small and you can only do one thing. I went in there [the RSAMD, now renamed the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland] being able to do 'angry young Glaswegian' and that was about it really. I came out being able to do a lot of the stuff that I've done.
45I'm probably more dangerous in a car than I am on a motorbike; on a bike I'm very mindful of the fact that if you make a mistake you're dead.
46[on being asked to lose weight for his role as Bruce Robertson in Filth (2013)] I was like, "Aw, must I? Can't I just act it, darling?" [in his best Laurence Olivier accent].
47[on basing his character Arthur in Arthur Christmas (2011) partly on Prince Harry] I think he's a more innocent Harry. I think I'd love Harry. He's a proper, man. He's like, "I'm never gonna be the king, it's cool."
48The hours you work are incredible. But beyond that as well, Anne-Marie [wife Anne-Marie Duff] and I both seem to get the kind of jobs where you put yourself through the wringer. X-Men [X: First Class (2011)] wasn't really like that - that was quite nice and chilled out. I just got to float about saying lines that Professor X thought were slightly humorous. But generally the work we get is quite emotionally demanding.
49[on Anne-Marie Duff's performance in Terence Rattigan's "Cause Célèbre" at the Old Vic] I think doing plays is always knackering. But especially when you're playing a part as emotionally taxing and dexterous as Alma [Rattenbury] in that play. And Anne-Marie was rarely off stage. But one of the strengths of her work is that when she goes through something, she goes through it and she doesn't hold back. Danny [Danny Boyle] said something to me the other day - we pay to see actors cry and go through stuff. Not just dramatic feats of action and derring-do but stuff that we wouldn't let ourselves do. We rarely cry or kiss our partner or devote the time and attention it takes to understand some of the things we're going through. But we pay to see actors f***in' go through it. I think Anne-Marie's always done that, and she manages to do it without taking up too much emotional space. I don't know how she does it.
50[McAvoy's views on Danny Boyle, director of Trance (2013)] Danny has incredible energy. It's quite something to behold. He drinks a lot of coffee and he's about four feet taller when his hair's standing up. He's working on the Olympics Thursday and Friday and doing our film the rest of the time.
51[on his eyebrows] They're gonna be my f****** passport to playing wizards in my seventies.
52[on "Macbeth"] It's not got a Scottish voice. It's written for an English voice. But it is historically set in a place depicted by Shakespeare as brutal and violent, incredibly superstitious, and that's something that I do believe is Scottish.
53I love going to art galleries. The Tate Modern is one of my favourite things to do.
54I don't know what I thought it was gonna be. Honest to God, I did a movie and a couple of little TV shows when I was 16, didn't do anything again, got into drama school. Then I started working pretty much immediately after drama school. I wasn't really aware of what was going on, and I still hadn't really decided that I was an actor. I hadn't sort of said to myself "Right, this is the rest of my life," because you can't, because there is still a big massive part of me saying, "What if the work dries up tomorrow? Then I'm not an actor any more," you know?
55[on his grandparents' views about his career] You know, they never told me, "You can be whatever that you want to be" because I think they felt - and I feel - that that's a lie, nobody can be whatever they want to be. No kid can do whatever they want to do. It's a total lie, but they have the right to try to do whatever they want to do. That's their right, to aim to do whatever they want to do. And you know what? Life might kick you in the face, life might not let you do what you want to do, but they always taught me that, you know, "Go for it! Yeah, you wanna do that? Go for it, son, you've gotta do it."
56I always have a beard between jobs. I just let it grow until they pay me to shave it. People are quite surprised it's ginger. Sometimes they ask me if I dye my hair and I always say "Wow, no! I'm 'trans-ginger'."
57[on his role in "Macbeth"] The whole idea is that the dialogue, the poetry, is the most violent, hellish, gory, war-torn of all of his plays - and my personal opinion is you can't come on stage and go [affects plummy accent] "Ah, so foul and fair a day I've never seen!" He's just killed like a thousand people with his bare hands, he can't be a nice guy.
58About the age of 15 or so I did consider it, and specifically not just any old priest, I considered being a missionary, 'cause I thought the whole great romantic idea of going off to far-flung regions, and helping people and trying to do all that was not only a good thing to do and romantic thing to do, but quite an adventurous thing to do. So I thought about that, but then I did start getting more luck with girls about that time, and that sort of put the kibosh on wedding myself to God. Girls and adventure, and then acting kind of came along right at that moment as well, and so I am so, so thankful, especially since I turned my back on God, he has not punished me, thank you very much.
59[on his role in "Macbeth"] When I kick a door and I run on the stage, it's easy from that moment, but right now I'm sitting here going, 'How am I gonna do this tonight?' I feel like that quite a lot. But I probably find it more difficult doing this Macbeth than any of the action movies I've ever done.
60[on his decision to become an actor] I was faced with the prospect of working in a bank for my work experience, and having heard about the experience from a mate of mine, who was a year above me and went to the same bank the year before, I was dreading it. It was sitting on your a*** licking stamps and doing that for six days solid, nine to five. Then going out and getting everybody's lunch. And I thought, 'I'd rather be doing that in an interesting environment,' so I thought, 'F*** it, I'll go and ask [director David Hayman for work experience].' I don't know what possessed me, really.
61I don't want to be all worthy about it, but I don't do red carpets, I don't do events and I don't accept freebies that much.
62[on Filth (2013)] As an actor, you've got to try and make the audience like you, even if you're doing bad things. I quite like that dynamic, so I thought more about pushing it, about someone who does despicable things.
63[on Welcome to the Punch (2013)] Don't get me wrong. I love British cinema, but there's also a place for ostentatious, balls-out entertainment.
64I am a very shouty Macbeth. You know you've got the audience there and can do anything to make them feel uncomfortable. We do it on purpose.
65[on his role as Bruce Robertson in Filth (2013)] He's not somebody you want to be, he's not somebody you'd want to know... if you see somebody manipulate and corrupt and abuse and all these things then ultimately you want to see them get their comeuppance, and without giving too much away you probably get that in this as well.
66[on playing Macbeth in the BBC's ShakespeaRe-Told (2005) series] I was very young. I think I was about 25 or 24. And that made me think, obviously this isn't Shakespeare's text but it's quite interesting having a young Macbeth because what you get is him and Lady Macbeth perceived to be throwing away their future, all through ambition. And it makes their loss all the sadder when he delivers the 'Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow' speech, which is an expression of utter blackness and fatalism.
67My favourite kind of theatre is when I see the actors bleed and sweat blood and look like they're having heart attacks. You've got to try and dash yourself without breaking yourself too much.
68[on working with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen] It will be interesting when Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick and I are all working on 'X-Men'. We might have a Macbeth-off. I might just go, "My Macbeth's better than your Macbeth... And your Macbeth: hmm, not so sure."
69[on his relationship with his wife] We keep our noses clean and keep our stuff private. We don't have affairs, we don't turn up to parties, we don't fall out of places drunk. We're not that interesting. I don't wear a dress where you can see my knickers when I'm getting out of a taxi. Do you know what I mean? I find all that weird.
70[on dealing with the media] It's a difficult thing - you've got to talk about yourself but you've also got to try not to say anything about yourself. The more you give of yourself, the more there is to chase after.
71I am a nerd, but I don't dive head-first into any fiefdom of nerdiness, except for maybe Star Trek.
72I was one of the lucky people that saw Black Swan (2010) thinking that it was just a movie about ballet dancing. And what an amazing surprise and treat to go, 'Oh right, so it's about ballet dancing; oh right, it's also about a messed-up ballet dancer; oh right, it's about a mental case ballet dancer; oh my God it's about an absolute nut job!'
73Thank God X: First Class (2011) is not in 3-D, which is just an excuse to charge an extra ten bucks at the theatre. Then, in the end, they're not 3-D at all. The idea of things coming out of the screen and making you jump out of your seat are done very well, but I think it's a waste of time and money and I wouldn't pay for a ticket to go to one of those films.
74The minute you start to strategize too much, the more you start to think you're in control of your own fate. And you're not, really.
75[When asked what an actor should never do] Read reviews. You just try and do your job and not worry about what people say, because ultimately it can only affect what you do in a negative way. It can only make you a worse actor.
76[on his role in Wanted (2008)] I got to satisfy the 16-year-old boy's yearning to break things and jump up and down and beat people up. It was a very physical film, and I had to get fit and go to the gym, which I don't really enjoy.
77[speaking in 2007] The thing that attracts me to all the jobs I've done over the last few years was the offer of employment. I've had to audition for every single job I've ever done, I think. So it's not just a question of being attracted. Yes, I like the things I've done, and I've been very luck that the things I've done - I think - have a certain level of quality. But had I only got parts that were rubbish, I'd be doing them as well, because I'm an actor and I need the work. But I'm getting a little more choice. When I read The Last King of Scotland (2006), I thought this is excellent, and I'd be very lucky to get this. That was my choice, but afterward I still had to convince somebody else to choose me.
78I talk about this a lot when people ask me about my favorite films and things, and I try to be as honest as possible, but it is The Goonies (1985). I did watch The Goonies (1985) a lot.
79[Talking about Andrew McCarthy and why he inspired him to be an actor] Yeah, St. Elmo's Fire (1985) is probably the one that I love him in the most. He was really vulnerable, really open, I think. And he had floppy hair, kind of bad hair, and I had really bad hair for quite a long time when I was a kid.
80I'm 5 foot 7, and I've got pasty white skin. I don't think I'm ugly, don't get me wrong, but I'm not your classic lead man, Brad Pitt guy.
81I always believed that I never wanted to be an actor. I only did it because I was allowed to do it and I had to do something.
82Where it gets difficult is when you get two or three jobs back to back where you're playing leads and doing 13, 14 hours a day, six days a week, and you suddenly think, hang on a minute, how can you have a life like this? Do I work to live or live to work? How can I work properly with no life to inform the work?
83We're in a horrible, repugnant place now where kids are told it's their right and due to be hugely famous. Not good at their job, not good at anything, just hugely famous. This is not sane. Little girls think they'll be famous if they have vast breast implants and might as well die if they don't.


1Passed his car driving test at the age of 30, although he had ridden a motorcycle for many years.
2Crashed a 1980s Porsche 911 on the set of The Coldest City (2017) when a stunt went wrong.
3His first car was a Citroen C3 Picasso.
4[2016] Drives an Audi RS3.
5In April 2015 McAvoy pledged £125,000 to help fund a ten-year scholarship programme at his former drama school, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). The fund will help those aged 25 and under who would otherwise be unable to afford tuition at the school. Applicants will need to demonstrate that financial cost is the main barrier to their accessing pre-higher education drama training at the RCS.
6On 9 March 2015, McAvoy was nominated for a Best Actor Olivier award for his performance as Jack, the 14th Earl of Gurney in "The Ruling Class" (2015). The award ceremony takes place at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden on Sunday 12 April.
7He has two roles in common with Patrick Stewart: (1) McAvoy played Macbeth in ShakespeaRe-Told: Macbeth (2005) while Stewart played him in Great Performances: Macbeth (2010) and (2) Stewart played Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), The Wolverine (2013) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) while McAvoy played him in X: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
8Is close friends with X-Men co-star Michael Fassbender.
9At McAvoy's request, he was punched in the face by a German actress during the making of Filth (2013).
10Worked as a trained confectioner for two and a half or three years in order to fund drama school.
11Keeps an apartment in the centre of Glasgow for family visits.
12At the London premiere of Danny Boyle's film Trance (2013) in March 2013, McAvoy apologised to reporter Sophie van Brugen when he accidentally spat on her during a red carpet interview.
13McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff were married at a celebrity-free ceremony at the 19th century Drumtochty Castle in Aberdeenshire. McAvoy didn't invite any co-stars 'because he didn't want the day to be about being famous'.
14Nominated for a Best Actor Olivier Award for his performance in "Macbeth" (2013).
15Former member of Pace Youth Theatre. Other members included Barry Arthur McKay, Shauna MacDonald, Paolo Nutini, Martin Quinn and Gordon McCorkell.
16Has said he is "desperately allergic" to horses and suffered terribly while shooting scenes for 'The Conspirator'.
17Has a younger half-brother named Donald.
18His fans refer to themselves as "McAvoyeurs".
19Became a father for the first time at the age of 30 when his wife Anne-Marie Duff gave birth to their son Brendan McAvoy in February 2010.
20Among his favorite movies are The Goonies (1985), Back to the Future (1985), The Great Escape (1963), Brief Encounter (1945), Kes (1969) and My Name Is Joe (1998).
21Was inspired to become an actor after meeting actor/director David Hayman.
22His favorite director is Ken Loach.
23Is good friends with actors Tom Ellis and Benedict Cumberbatch.
24Said the script for Atonement (2007) was the best he had ever read.
25Worked out to improve his physique for the action scenes in Wanted (2008). However he suffered several injuries during shooting, including a twisted ankle and an injured knee.
26Chosen as one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive for 2007.
27While growing up, he wanted to be a priest.
28Was ranked #18 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list. (2008).
29Enjoys science fiction, including Star Trek (1966) and the new Battlestar Galactica (2004).
30Attended St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Jordanhill, Glasgow. Also attended by Tom Mannion.
31Born to James McAvoy, a bus driver-turned-builder, and his then-wife Elizabeth (Johnstone), a psychiatric nurse.
32Joe Wright considered him for a role in his Pride & Prejudice (2005). Both director and actor refused to name the part.
33Fan of Celtic Football Club.
34Former roommate of Jesse Spencer when they were both living in London.
35While filming The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Georgie Henley never saw McAvoy in his Mr. Tumnus costume before filming their scenes together. Henley's scared reaction upon seeing McAvoy is genuine surprise.
36Before he went into acting, he wanted to join the Navy.
37After growing up in Glasgow, he moved to London at the age of 20.
38After his parents divorced, McAvoy and his sister moved in with their maternal grandparents, James and Mary Johnstone.
39As a child, he wanted to become a missionary because he wanted to travel the world.
40His parents divorced when he was seven.
41His younger sister is Joy McAvoy, also an actress who appeared as 'Estelle' alongside McAvoy in Filth (2013).
42McAvoy and Jessica Brooks were the first actors to tackle the complex roles Leto II & his twin sister Ghanima Atreides, the strange prescient Children of Dune (2003) based on Frank Herbert's novel of the same name. Although Leto and Ghanima were only nine years old in the novel, their ages were bumped up about seven years, making them about sixteen for the Sci-Fi Channel's miniseries in March 2003.
43Trained at Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now known as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).




Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes2018filmingGnomeo (voice)
The Coldest City2017post-productionPercival
Submergence2017post-productionJames Moore
Watership DownTV Mini-Series post-productionHazel
X-Men: Apocalypse2016Professor Charles Xavier
Victor Frankenstein2015Victor Frankenstein
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them2014Conor Ludlow
X-Men: Days of Future Past2014Charles Xavier
Muppets Most Wanted2014UPS Guy
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her2013Conor Ludlow
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him2013Conor Ludlow
Welcome to the Punch2013Max Lewinsky
Arthur Christmas2011Arthur (voice)
X: First Class2011Charles Xavier (24 Years)
Gnomeo & Juliet2011Gnomeo (voice)
The Conspirator2010Frederick Aiken
The Last Station2009Valentin
Atonement2007Robbie Turner
Becoming Jane2007Tom Lefroy
Starter for 102006Brian Jackson
Penelope2006Johnny Max
The Last King of Scotland2006Dr. Nicholas Garrigan
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe2005Mr. Tumnus
ShakespeaRe-Told2005TV Mini-SeriesJoe Macbeth
Shameless2004-2005TV SeriesSteve McBride
Rory O'Shea Was Here2004Rory O'Shea
Strings2004Hal (English version, voice)
Wimbledon2004Carl Colt
State of Play2003TV Mini-SeriesDan Foster
Early Doors2003TV SeriesLiam
Bright Young Things2003Simon Balcairn
Children of Dune2003TV Mini-SeriesLeto Atreides II
Bollywood Queen2002Jay
Foyle's War2002TV SeriesRay Pritchard
White Teeth2002TV Mini-SeriesJosh Malfen
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries2002TV SeriesGowan Ross
The Pool2001Mike
Band of Brothers2001TV Mini-SeriesJames W. Miller
Murder in Mind2001TV SeriesMartin Vosper
Lorna Doone2000TV MovieSergeant Bloxham
Behind the Lines1997Anthony Balfour
The Bill1997TV SeriesGavin Donald
An Angel Passes By1997TV MovieLocal boy
The Near Room1995Kevin


ShakespeaRe-Told2005TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Rory O'Shea Was Here2004performer: "Show Me the Way to Go Home"




50/502011special thanks


Made in Hollywood2010-2016TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2007-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2011-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dish Nation2016TV SeriesHimself
The Graham Norton Show2011-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
The Making of Victor Frankenstein2016Video documentary shortHimself
Film '722006-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Interviewee
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Today2014-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Mutant vs. Machine: The Making of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'2015Video documentaryHimself
X-Men: Unguarded2015Video shortHerself
Conan2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The EE British Academy Film Awards2015TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: EE Rising Star
The British Academy Scotland Awards2014TV MovieHimself
Double Take: Xavier & Magneto2014Video documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
Late Show with David Letterman2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Commonwealth Games2014TV SeriesHimself - Unicef Appealer / Reporter
What's Up2014TV SeriesHimself
Janela Indiscreta2014TV SeriesHimself
The Noite com Danilo Gentili2014TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The View2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
CQC: Custe o Que Custar2014TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2008-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fantástico2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Sit Down with the Stars2014TV SeriesHimself
The Olivier Awards 20142014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Revival
Alan Carr: Chatty Man2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Formula 1: BBC Sport2013TV SeriesHimself
Entertainers with Byron Allen2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
Top Gear2013TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
Born in the USSR2005-2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator / Narrator
Children of the Atom: Filming X-Men: First Class2011Video documentaryHimself
Film Fiend2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 7PM Project2011TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2005-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Face 2 Face2011TV SeriesHimself
X-Men: First Class 35mm Special2011TV MovieHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
National Movie Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Piers Morgan Tonight2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
AMC News Special: Toronto Film Festival 20102010TV MovieHimself
The Rotten Tomatoes Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Xposé2010TV SeriesHimself
Live from Studio Five2010TV SeriesHimself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The One Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Through the Eyes of Director Timur Bekmambetov2008Video documentary shortHimself
Wanted: Cast and Characters2008Video shortHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2007-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tavis Smiley2007-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Max on Set: Wanted2008TV Short documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Balls of Steel2008TV SeriesHimself
Bringing the Past to Life: The Making of 'Atonement'2008Video shortHimself
Novel to Screen: Writing Atonement2008Video shortHimself
Empire Movie Awards 20082008TV SpecialHimself
An Evening at the Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2008TV SeriesHimself
La noche de los Oscar2008TV MovieHimself
The 80th Annual Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Adapted Screenplay
The 34th Annual People's Choice Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
Shootout2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Parkinson2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 79th Annual Academy Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound Mixing
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
HBO First Look2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Becoming Jane: Behind the Scenes2007Video documentary shortHimself / Tom Lefroy
Becoming Jane: Deleted Scenes2007Video documentary shortTom Lefroy (uncredited)
Becoming Jane: Filming the Boxing Scenes2007Video documentary shortHimself / Tom Lefroy (uncredited)
Becoming Jane: Filming the Cricket Scene2007Video documentary shortHimself / Tom Lefroy
Becoming Jane: Hair, Make-Up & Costume Design Featurette2007Video documentary shortHimself / Tom Lefroy
Becoming Jane: Regency Dance Featurette2007Video documentary shortHimself / Tom Lefroy
University Challenge: The Story So Far2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Paul O'Grady Show2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Chronicles of Narnia: Chronicles of a Director2006Video documentaryHimself
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Children's Magical Journey2006Video shortHimself
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Creating Creatures2006Video documentaryHimself
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Visualizing 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'2006Video documentaryHimself
The Bloopers of Narnia2006Video shortHimself / Mr. Tumnus (uncredited)
Capturing Idi Amin2006Documentary shortInterviewee
'T4' in Narnia2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
3rd Irish Film and Television Awards2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The British Comedy Awards 20042004TV SpecialHimself
The Making of 'Bollywood Queen'2003Video documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
The Graham Norton Show2011-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Chelsea Lately2014TV SeriesCharles Xavier in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'
The Many Faces of...2013TV Series documentaryValentin
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesWesley
Farewell 'The Bill'2010TV Movie documentaryGavin Donald (uncredited)
MythBusters2009TV Series documentaryWesley Gibson
Buscando a Penélope2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo2008TV Movie documentaryHimself / Robbie Turner (uncredited)
The 78th Annual Academy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself / Mr. Tumnus, the Faun


Won Awards

2014BAFTA Scotland AwardBAFTA Awards, ScotlandBest Actor - FilmFilth (2013)
2014Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest ActorFilth (2013)
2014ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actor of the YearFilth (2013)
2013British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActorFilth (2013)
2008Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest ActorAtonement (2007)
2008ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actor of the YearAtonement (2007)
2008Virtuoso AwardSanta Barbara International Film FestivalAtonement (2007)
2007EDA Special Mention AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest SeductionAtonement (2007)
2007BAFTA Scotland AwardBAFTA Awards, ScotlandBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007Chopard TrophyCannes Film FestivalMale Revelation
2006Rising Star AwardBAFTA Awards

Nominated Awards

2012People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Movie SuperheroFor playing "Professor X"
2011Scream AwardScream AwardsBest Fantasy ActorX: First Class (2011)
2011Scream AwardScream AwardsBest SuperheroX: First Class (2011)
2011WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Screen CoupleGnomeo & Juliet (2011)
2009MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest KissWanted (2008)
2009Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Last Station (2009)
2008Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaAtonement (2007)
2008BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Leading ActorAtonement (2007)
2008European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean ActorAtonement (2007)
2008Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ActorAtonement (2007)
2008Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLead ActorAtonement (2007)
2008Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastAtonement (2007)
2008INOCAInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best ActorAtonement (2007)
2008IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest International ActorAtonement (2007)
2008National Movie AwardNational Movie Awards, UKBest Performance - MaleWanted (2008)
2008OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest ActorAtonement (2007)
2007BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007DFCCDublin Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorAtonement (2007)
2007European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actor of the YearThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest NewcomerThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
2006ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actor of the YearThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
2005ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actor of the YearInside I'm Dancing (2004)
2004British Comedy AwardBritish Comedy AwardsBest TV Comedy NewcomerShameless (2004)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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