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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 "Atonement."

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 the BBC/HBO 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 the small 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 nomination from 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 I'm Dancing" (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 Critics and European Film Academy for his performance. In December of 2005, McAvoy was seen in "The 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 performance.

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 award from 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," "X-Men: First Class," "The Conspirator," "Gnomeo & Juliet," "Arthur Christmas," "Welcome to the Punch," "Trance," "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "Filth," "Victor Frankenstein," "X-Men: Apocalypse," "Atomic Blonde," "Submergence," and "Sherlock Gnomes." For TV, he voiced the character Hazel for the TV mini-series "Watership Down."

McAvoy has also played a large role in the London theater scene. In 2009, McAvoy took 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" at 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 award nomination, and a WhatsonStage nomination for Best Actor. In November 2019, McAvoy will once again join Jamie Lloyd to star in a new adaptation of "Cyrano de Bergerac" on the West End.

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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