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JAMES MCAVOY (Frederick Aiken) was born in the Scotstoun area of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1979 and is a graduate of the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. In his short career, he has tested himself with a wide variety of work, on stage, television and film and is regarded as one of the industry's most exciting acting talents.

McAvoy first came to prominence in the UK with the role of Josh in the Channel Four adaptation of Zadie Smith's popular novel, White Teeth, with Geraldine James, John Simm and Naomie Harris. This brought McAvoy to the attention of Hollywood and in 2002 he was cast as Leto Atreides II in the Emmy® Award-winning mini-series, Children Of Dune. He next played Dan Foster in the BAFTA-winning BBC political drama series, State Of Play, with Bill Nighy, John Simm and Kelly Macdonald. Written by Paul Abbott and directed by David Yates, the series became one of the most successful UK exports of the last decade.

While impressing on the small screen, McAvoy also proved to be a hit on the big screen, when Stephen Fry's much-anticipated comedy, Bright Young Things was released. In late 2004, McAvoy took on his first feature film lead role in Inside I'm Dancing (US title: Rory O'Shea Was Here). Directed by Damian O'Donnell and co-starring Romola Garai, the film tells the story of Rory, a young Irishman with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, who leads his cerebral palsy-stricken friend in a fight for physical and emotional freedom.

With The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, he caught the attention of American audiences, and started showing his range with lead roles in films such as The Last King of Scotland; Atonement with Keira Knightley and directed by Joe Wright; Wanted with Angelina Jolie; The Last Station, co-starring Dame Helen Mirren and Christopher Plumber, and Becoming Jane with co-star Anne Hathaway. In 2009, McAvoy returned to the stage at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End playing the two roles of Walker and his father Ned in Richard Greenberg's Three Days of Rain.


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