Golden Globe Award-nominated actor JAMES MCAVOY (David
Percival) 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.
McAvoy was most recently seen in M. Night Shyamalan's critically acclaimed
thriller Split, which has surpassed $270 million worldwide at the box office. He
will next be seen in Submergence opposite Alicia Vikander.
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 fall 2003, McAvoy played Dan Foster
in the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award-winning BBC
political drama series State of Play. The series ran in the U.K. and on BBC
America, and became one of the most successful U.K. exports of the last decade.
He also left a lasting mark on high-profile television projects such as the
World War I drama Regeneration and HBO's Band of Brothers.
McAvoy's popularity grew when he appeared in the BAFTA Award-winning Channel 4
series Shameless as the car thief Steve. In 2004, he earned a nomination from
the British Comedy Awards for Best Comedy Newcomer for his performance.
In 2005, McAvoy starred in the title role in Damien O'Donnell's Rory O'Shea Was
Here. McAvoy earned a Best British Actor of the Year nomination from the London
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 Award winner Kevin Macdonald. He earned nominations from
BAFTA, BIFA, London Critics' Circle and the European Film Academy for his
performance. In December 2005, McAvoy was seen in The Chronicles of Narnia: The
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He earned a nomination for British Supporting
Actor of the Year from the London Critics' Circle for his performance.
In 2007, McAvoy starred in Joe Wright's Golden Globe Award-winning drama
Atonement, which also starred Keira Knightley and Saoirse Ronan. McAvoy received
Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award nominations for Best Actor and was awarded a
Best Actor of the Year award from the London Critics' Circle, the Virtuoso Award
from the Santa Barbara Film Festival and a U.K. Regional Critics Award for Best
In 2014, McAvoy reprised his role as Professor Charles Xavier in 20th Century
Fox's highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past, which earned over $90
million in the domestic box office in its opening weekend and is the
second-highest-grossing film of the franchise thus far. He also was seen as
corrupt cop Bruce Robertson in the U.K. acclaimed sensation Filth, for which he
received a BIFA Best Actor award, London Critics' Circle Best British Actor of
the Year award and an Empire Award for Best Actor. The film, which McAvoy also
served as producer on, was released in the U.S. in 2014 by Magnolia Pictures. In
2014, he was also seen in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them opposite
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 (2013), Trance
(2013), Victor Frankenstein (2015), and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
McAvoy has also played a large role in the London theater scene. In 2009, McAvoy
took to the stage at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End where he played 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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