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JAMES McAVOY (Bill Denbrough) is a Golden Globe-nominated
actor who won over
audiences with his breakthrough performances in "The Last King of Scotland" and
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. In 2017, McAvoy
was in M. Night
Shyamalan's critically acclaimed thriller "Split," which surpassed $270 million
worldwide at the
box office. Earlier this year, he reprised his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb, and
more than 19 other
personalities, in Shyamalan's "Glass," which grossed $200 million worldwide at
the box office.
Most recently, McAvoy appeared in "Dark Phoenix" and will be seen this winter in
TV Series "His Dark Materials," with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ruth Wilson.
While McAvoy began his career in the theater, he came to popular attention on
screen with the role of Josh in the 2002 Channel Four adaptation of Zadie
Smith's popular novel
"White Teeth." In the fall of 2003, McAvoy played Dan Foster in the
BAFTA-winning BBC political
drama series "State of Play." The series became one of the most successful UK
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." His popularity grew when he
appeared in the
BAFTA-winning Channel 4 series "Shameless" as car thief, Steve. He earned a
the British Comedy Awards for Best Comedy Newcomer in 2004 for his performance.
In 2005, McAvoy starred in the title role of in Damion O'Donnell's "Inside
(US Title: "Rory O'Shea Was Here"). McAvoy earned a Best British Actor
nomination from the
London Film 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
winner Kevin Macdonald. He earned nominations from BAFTA, BIFA, London Film
European Film Academy for his performance. In December of 2005, McAvoy was seen
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." He earned a
nomination for British
Actor in a Supporting Role from the London Film Critics Circle for his
In 2007, McAvoy starred in the Golden Globe award-winning drama "Atonement."
Directed by Joe Wright and co-starring Keira Knightly and Saoirse Ronan,
McAvoy received a
Golden Globe and BAFTA nomination for Best Actor and was awarded a Best Actor
the London Film Critics Circle, the Virtuoso Award from the Santa Barbara Film
Festival and a UK
Regional Critics Award for Best Actor.
McAvoy's other film credits include "Becoming Jane," "Penelope," "Wanted,"
First Class," "The Conspirator," "Gnomeo & Juliet," "Arthur Christmas," "Welcome
to the Punch,"
"Trance," "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," "X-Men: Days of Future Past,"
Frankenstein," "X-Men: Apocalypse," "Atomic Blonde," "Submergence," and
Gnomes." For TV, he voiced the character Hazel for the TV mini-series "Watership
McAvoy has also played a large role in the London theater scene. In 2009,
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 in
2005, "Privates on Parade" at the Donmar Warehouse in 2001 and "Out in the Open"
Hampstead Theatre also in 2001. In 2013, McAvoy starred in Jamie Lloyd's
"Macbeth" at Trafalgar
Studios. His performance has earned him an Olivier award nomination for Best
Actor and the
show was nominated for Best Revival. In 2015, McAvoy re-teamed with Jamie Lloyd
to star in
"The Ruling Class," which earned him a London Evening Standard Award, an Olivier
nomination, and a WhatsonStage nomination for Best Actor. In November 2019,
once again join Jamie Lloyd to star in a new adaptation of "Cyrano de Bergerac"
on the West
McAvoy was born in the Scotstoun area of Glasgow, Scotland in 1979 and is a
the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
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