Golden Globe-nominated actor JAMES McAVOY (Charles Xavier)
won over audiences with his breakthrough performances in The Last King of
Scotland and Atonement. Having been referred to as "The best young British actor
of our times" by Empire Magazine, McAvoy continues to test 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. In 2017, McAvoy was in M. Night
Shyamalan's critically-acclaimed thriller Split, which surpassed $270 million
worldwide at the box office. This winter, he reprised his role as Kevin Wendell
Crumb and more than 19 other personalities in Shyamalan's Glass, which grossed
$200 million worldwide at the box office. Next up, McAvoy will appear in It:
Chapter Two and the BBC/HBO TV series His Dark Materials with Lin-Manuel Miranda
and Ruth Wilson.
While McAvoy began his career in the theater, he came to popular attention on
the small screen with the role of Josh in the 2002 Channel Four adaptation of
Zadie Smith's popular novel White Teeth. In the fall of 2003, McAvoy played Dan
Foster in the BAFTA-winning BBC political drama series State of Play. The
series, which ran in the UK and on BBC America, became one of the most
successful UK exports of the last decade. He also left a lasting mark on
high-profile TV projects, such as the World War I drama Regeneration and HBO's
Band of Brothers. His popularity grew when he appeared in the BAFTA-winning
Channel 4 series Shameless as the car thief, Steve. He earned a nomination from
the British Comedy Awards for Best Comedy Newcomer in 2004 for his performance.
In 2005, McAvoy starred in Damion O'Donnell's Inside I'm Dancing (US Title:
Rory O'Shea Was Here). McAvoy earned a Best British Actor nomination from the
London Film Critics Circle for his performance. That summer, he traveled to
Uganda to take on the lead role of Dr. Nicholas Garrigan in The Last King of
Scotland, directed by Oscar and BAFTA winner Kevin Macdonald. He earned
nominations from BAFTA, BIFA, London Film Critics and European Film Academy for
his performance. In December of 2005, McAvoy was seen in The Chronicles of
Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe. He earned a nomination for British
Actor in a Supporting Role from the London Film Critics Circle for his
performance. In 2007, McAvoy starred in the Golden Globe award winning drama
Atonement. Directed by Joe Wright and co-starring Keira Knightley and Soairse
Ronan, McAvoy received a Golden Globe and BAFTA nomination for Best Actor and
was awarded a Best Actor award from the London Film Critics Circle, the Virtuoso
Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival and a UK Regional Critics Award for
McAvoy's other film credits include Becoming Jane (2007), Penelope (2008),
Wanted (2008), X-Men: First Class (2011), The Conspirator (2011), Gnomeo &
Juliet (2011), Arthur Christmas (2011), Welcome to the Punch (2012) Trance
(2013), The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014), X-Men: Days of Future Past
(2014), Filth (2014), Frankenstein (2015), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Atomic
Blonde (2017), Submergence (2017) and Sherlock Gnomes (2018). On TV, he voiced
the character Hazel for the mini-series Watership Down.
McAvoy has also played a large role in the London theater scene. In 2009,
McAvoy took to the stage at the Apollo Theater in London's West End playing the
two roles of Walker and his father Ned in Richard Greenberg's Three Days of
Rain. His performance earned him an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor. He
was also seen in Breathing Corpses at the Royal Court (2005), Privates on Parade
at the Donmar Warehouse (2001) and Out in the Open at Hampstead Theatre (2001).
In 2013, McAvoy starred in Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios. His performance earned
him an Olivier award nomination for Best Actor and the show was nominated for
Best Revival. In 2015, McAvoy starred in The Ruling Class, which earned him a
London Evening Standard Award, an Olivier award nomination and a WhatsonStage
nomination for Best Actor.
McAvoy 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.
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