JAMES McAVOY (Charles Xavier), a Golden Globe nominee, won over American
audiences with his critically acclaimed 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, James 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.
Although McAvoy took on small parts in high-profile projects like the World War
I drama, "Regeneration" and the hugely-successful HBO series, "Band of
Brothers," he 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. In the fall of 2003, McAvoy played
Dan Foster in the BAFTA-winning BBC political drama series, "State of Play,"
with Bill Nighy, John Simm and Kelly Macdonald. The series ran in the UK,
debuted on BBC America and became one of the most successful UK exports of the
McAvoy's popularity in the UK grew with his portrayal of the car thief, Steve,
in the BAFTA-winning Channel 4 series "Shameless." He was nominated in the Best
Comedy Newcomer category at the 2004 British Comedy Awards for this performance.
That year, McAvoy also impressed audiences in Stephen Fry's comedy, "Bright
Young Things" which was also released in the U.S. the following year. The film
had an all-star international cast including Emily Mortimer, Peter O'Toole, Jim
Broadbent and more.
In the summer of 2005, James traveled to Uganada to take on the lead role in
"The Last King of Scotland," directed by Oscar and BAFTA winner Kevin Macdonald.
McAvoy was nominated for a BAFTA, a European Film Award, a BIFA and a London
Film Critics Circle Award for his performance. That year he also starred in
"Inside I'm Dancing" (U.S. title: "Rory O'Shea Was Here") directed by Damion O'
Donnell and co-starring Romola Garai. McAvoy was nominated in the Best British
Actor category at the 2005 London Film Critics Circle Awards for his
In December 2005, McAvoy was seen in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the
Witch and the Wardrobe." He was nominated in the British Actor in a Supporting
Role category at the 2006 London Film Critics Circle Awards for his performance.
McAvoy also was awarded the Rising Star Award at the 2006 BAFTAs. In 2006, he
starred in the adaptation of the hugely-popular David Nicholls book "Starter for
Ten" for HBO films. The film premiered at the 2006 Toronto film festival.
In 2007, McAvoy starred in the Golden Globe award winning "Atonement." Directed
by Joe Wright and also starring Keira Knightly and Soairse Ronan, McAvoy
received a Golden Globe and BAFTA nomination for Best Actor and was awarded the
London Film Critics Circle Award, the Santa Barbara Film Festival Award and the
UK Regional Critics award.
Other film credits include "Becoming Jane" (2007), "Penelope" (2008), "Wanted"
(2008), "X-Men: First Class" (2011), "The Conspirator" (2011), "Gnomeo and
Juliet" (2011), and "Arthur Christmas" (2011). McAvoy was most recently seen in
the Eran Creevy action thriller "Welcome to the Punch" as well as Danny Boyle's
"Trance." McAvoy will next be seen in "Filth" opposite Jamie Bell. He recently
finished filming "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby."
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, "Privates on Parade" at the
Donmar Warehouse and "Out in the Open" at Hampstead Theatre. James most recently
starred in "Macbeth" at Trafalgar Studios. His performance has earned him an
Olivier award nomination for Best Actor and the show was nominated for Best
McAvoy was born in the Scotstoun area of Glasgow, Scotland in 197 and is a
graduate of the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.