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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