Golden Globe Award-nominated actor JAMES MCAVOY (Kevin
Crumb) 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 most recently applied his vocal talents to Paramount's Sherlock
Gnomes, the sequel to 2011's Gnomeo & Juliet, in which he reprised the role of
Gnomeo. The movie also includes the voices of Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Maggie
Smith and Michael Caine. In 2017, he was seen in Universal Pictures' Atomic
Blonde opposite Charlize Theron. That same year, McAvoy also starred in M. Night
Shyamalan's critically acclaimed thriller Split. Additional upcoming projects
include Dark Phoenix, where he will reprise his role of Professor Charles
Xavier, and the sequel to New Line's adaptation of Stephen King's It-It: Chapter
In 2014, McAvoy was seen as corrupt cop Bruce Robertson in the highly
acclaimed sensation Filth, for which he received a British Independent Film
Awards (BIFA) Best Actor award, London Critics Circle British Actor of the Year
award and an Empire Award for Best Actor. McAvoy also served as producer on the
film. Additionally, McAvoy starred in the Golden Globe Award-winning drama
Atonement in 2007, which was directed by Joe Wright and co-starred Keira
Knightley and Saoirse Ronan. His performance received a Golden Globe Award and
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nomination for Best Actor,
and he was awarded both London Critics' Circle and U.K. Regional Critics Awards
for Best Actor in addition to receiving the Virtuosos Award from the Santa
Barbara Interntaional Film Festival.
In 2005, McAvoy starred in the title role in Damien O'Donnell's Rory O'Shea
Was Here. McAvoy earned a 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.
McAvoy's other film credits include Submergence with Alicia Vikander, Victor
Frankenstein opposite Daniel Radcliffe, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
trilogy opposite Jessica Chastain, Trance with Rosario Dawson, Welcome to the
Punch alongside Mark Strong, Sony Pictures' animated movie Arthur Christmas,
Robert Redford's The Conspirator opposite Robin Wright, Wanted opposite Angelina
Jolie and Morgan Freeman, Becoming Jane with Anne Hathaway and Penelope opposite
Christina Ricci and Reese Witherspoon.
Prior to making his name on the silver screen, McAvoy first came to popular
attention on the small screen with the role of Josh in the 2002 Channel 4
adaptation of Zadie Smith's popular novel "White Teeth." In fall 2003, McAvoy
played Dan Foster in the BAFTA Award-winning BBC political drama series State of
Play. The series ran in the U.K. and on BBC America and went on to become one of
the most successful U.K. 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. The actor's popularity really started to grow when he appeared
in the BAFTA-winning Channel 4 series Shameless as car thief Steve. He earned a
nomination from the British Comedy Awards for Best TV Comedy Newcomer in 2004
for his performance.
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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