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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 Two.

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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