Golden Globe nominated actor JAMES MCAVOY (Simon) 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, 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.
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 last decade.
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 US the following year. The film had an all-star international cast
including Emily Mortimer, Sir Peter O'Toole, Jim Broadbent and more.
In the summer of 2005, McAvoy 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
(US 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 performance.
In December of 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.
He also was awarded the Rising Star Award at the 2006 BAFTAs. In 2006, McAvoy 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 co-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, PENELOPE, WANTED, X-MEN: FIRST
CLASS, THE CONSPIRATOR, GNOMEO AND JULIET, and ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (2011).
McAvoy will next be seen in FILTH opposite Jamie Bell and the Eran Creevy action thriller
WELCOME TO THE PUNCH. He most recently finished filming THE DISAPPERANCE OF
ELEANOR RIGBY and will soon begin production on X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.
McAvoy has also played a large role in the London theater scene. In 2009, McAvoy took
to the stage at the Apollo Thatre 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
will next star in Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios.
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.