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James McAvoy was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1979, where he became a member of PACE Youth Theatre after his acting debut in The Near Room (1995). The later graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
McAvoy began his theatre career acting as a gay hustler in Out in the Open at Hampstead Theatre, playing the role of Iggy. He later starred in Privates on Parade at Donmar Warehouse, a performance which caught Sam Mendes’ attention. His performance as Walker and Ned in Three Days of Rain at the Apollo Theatre saw him nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor. He was nominated for the same award two years later for his portrayal of title character Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios.
He is, perhaps, best known for his roles in film, namely his performance a Mr Tumnus in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the With and the Wardrobe (2005), which he received award nominations for. This role as Dr Nicholas Garrigan in The Last King of Scotland (2006) which not only received four nominations for Best Actor but also win a BAFTA Scotland award (2006). He received an Empire Award and several nominations for his performance in Atonement (2007), as well as awards for his portrayal of Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series (2011-2016). Other notable film roles include Trance (2013) , starring as Simon Newton, winning London Critic Circle Film Award for British Actor of the Year and as Bruce Robertson in Filth (2013).
McAvoy returns to Trafalgar Studios in 2013 for his role in Macbeth for Jamie Lloyd’s production of a Shakespeare classic. In 2015 McAvoy takes on the role of Jack Gurney in The Ruling Class also at Trafalgar Studios One, the four month running show has four star reviews and McAvoy recieved the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor.
London & West End Stage Appearances
|The Ruling Class||Jack, the 14th Earl of Gurney||Trafalgar Studios One||2015|
|Macbeth||Macbeth||Trafalgar Studios One||2013||Review|
|Three Days of Rain||Walker/Ned||Apollo||2009||Review|
|Breathing Corpses||Royal Court||2005|
|Privates on Parade||Donmar Warehouse||2001|
|Out in the Open||Iggy||Hampstead||2001|