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JAMES MCAVOY was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1979 and is a graduate of the prestigious
Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He is regarded as one of the UK's most exciting
acting talents and has won awards at the Cannes and Santa Barbara film festivals and at the
James began his career with small parts in projects like the World War One drama
Regeneration, and the successful HBO series, Band of Brothers, produced by Tom Hanks and
Steven Spielberg. He came to international prominence when he played Leto Atreides II in the
Emmy Award-winning mini-series, Children of Dune. He went on to play the role of Dan Foster
in the BAFTA-winning BBC ONE political drama series, State of Play, which became one of the
most successful UK TV exports of recent years. In 2004, he starred on the big screen in
Stephen Fry's comedy Bright Young Things. James' popularity grew with the TV series
Shameless, which began in the UK in early 2004, and for which he was nominated in the Best
Comedy Newcomer category at the 2004 British Comedy Awards.
Also in 2004, James took his first lead role in a feature film in Rory O'Shea Was Here (UK title:
Inside I'm Dancing), directed by Damian O'Donnell. He was nominated in the British Actor of the
Year category at the 2005 London Critics Circle Awards for his performance.
In 2005, James McAvoy took on the iconic role of Mr. Tumnus the Faun in The Chronicles of
Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which became a global phenomenon, making
over $700 million worldwide. He then played the lead in the award-winning The Last King of
Scotland alongside Forest Whitaker. For his portrayal of a Scottish doctor in Uganda who
becomes close to the dictator Idi Amin, James was nominated for a BAFTA, a BIFA (British
Independent Film Award), a European Film Award and a London Critics Circle Award. In late
2006, James starred in Starter for Ten and he went on to play the male lead in Becoming Jane
opposite Anne Hathaway.
James's next film, Atonement, opened the 2007 Venice Film Festival to a rapturous standing
ovation. James's performance as a Cambridge graduate falsely accused of rape enthused
critics and audiences alike and gained him Golden Globe and BAFTA Best Actor nominations
and won him Best Actor awards at the London Film Critics Circle Awards and the Empire
In Summer 2008, James was seen in the lead role of Wesley Gibson in the graphic novel
adaptation, Wanted, alongside Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie and directed by Timur
Bekmambetov. The film was a smash hit and made over $330m worldwide.
James is currently preparing to play the lead in the tentatively-titled dramatic comedy, I'm
With Cancer, directed by Jonathan Levine and co-starring Seth Rogen.
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