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James McAvoy

Highest Rated:   92% Arthur Christmas (2011)
Lowest Rated:   24% Victor Frankenstein (2015)
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Birthplace:   Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Onscreen for nearly a decade at the time he was cast in director Kevin McDonald's The Last King of Scotland, Glasgow-born actor James McAvoy seemed to many an overnight sensation. The fact is, however, that the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama alumnus had already formed the foundation of an enduring career at the time he was charged with holding his own opposite the formidable -- and, eventually, Oscar-winning -- Forest Whitaker.McAvoy's parents divorced when he was just seven years old. In the aftermath, he and his mother would go to live with his grandparents in Glasgow's housing projects, with the youngster's notable interest in stage and film work eventually leading him to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. At 16, McAvoy made his professional acting debut in the child abuse drama The Near Room, with a role in the long-running British crime drama The Bill following in short order. On the heels of a part in 2001's Emmy Award-winning WWII miniseries Band of Brothers, McAvoy caught the eye of critics in the small-screen adaptation White Teeth before being cast in a pivotal role in the sci-fi effort Children of Dune. While roles in such U.K. television dramas as Early Doors, Shameless, and State of Play found McAvoy growing increasingly comfortable on the small screen, feature performances in Bright Young Things, Wimbledon, and Inside I'm Dancing (aka, Rory O'Shea Was Here) brought him to the attention of Hollywood. In 2005, the actor went global in a very big way with a pivotal appearance as Mr. Tumnus in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. But it was his Last King role the following year, as a hard-partying doctor who gradually becomes a captive to one of the 20th century's most notorious dictators, that truly propelled him to international acclaim. With his star-making role in The Last King of Scotland, McAvoy became not only a critical darling, but a serious dramatic talent whose future appeared to hold great things as well. Indeed, his follow-ups to Last King proved to feature him in one lead role after another. He romanced Anne Hathaway in Becoming Jane, a story about the young Jane Austen; anguished over his separation from Keira Knightley in the Oscar-nominated WWII-era romance Atonement; and fell unexpectedly in love with Christina Ricci in the fantasy Penelope. After this string of romantic leading-man roles, McAvoy did an about-face and co-starred as a reluctant but innately talented assassin in the action-packed thriller Wanted opposite Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman. He had the lead role in 2009's drama The Last Station, and played a layer in the historical drama The Conspirator one year later. He voiced the part of Gnomeo in the animated family film Gnomeo & Juliet in 2011, and that same year he was cast as the young Professor X in the action spectacle X-Men: First Class. That role kept him busy for the next couple of years, as he reprised the character in several sequels, including X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes
  • Gnomeo
2018
76% Atomic Blonde
  • Percival
2017
75% Split
  • Dennis/ Patricial/ Hedwig/ The Beast/ Kevin Wendell Crumb
$138.2M 2017
48% X-Men: Apocalypse
  • Charles Xavier
$135.8M 2016
24% Victor Frankenstein
  • Victor Frankenstein
$75.7k 2015
No Score Yet X-Men: Days of Future Past: Mutant Vs. Machine
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her
  • Conor Ludlow
2014
63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
  • Conor Ludlow
$0.5M 2014
64% Filth
  • Bruce
  • Producer
$23.6k 2014
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Charles Xavier/Professor X
$199.4M 2014
No Score Yet X-Men: Days of Future Past (Rogue Cut)
  • Charles Xavier/Professor X
2014
68% Trance
  • Simon
$4.9M 2013
50% Welcome to the Punch
  • Max Lewinsky
$7.3k 2013
92% Arthur Christmas
  • Arthur
$46.5M 2011
86% X-Men: First Class
  • Charles Xavier/Professor X
$145.3M 2011
55% The Conspirator
  • Frederick Aiken
$11.6M 2011
55% Gnomeo and Juliet
  • Gnomeo
$99.9M 2011
71% The Last Station
  • Valentin Bulgakov
$6.5M 2010
72% Wanted
  • Wesley Gibson
$134.3M 2008
83% Atonement
  • Robbie Turner
$50.9M 2007
57% Becoming Jane
  • Tom Lefroy
$18.7M 2007
No Score Yet Shakespeare Retold
  • Actor
2007
87% The Last King of Scotland
  • Nicholas Garrigan
$17.5M 2006
53% Penelope
  • Max/Johnny
$10.1M 2006
90% Starter for 10
  • Brian Jackson
$0.2M 2006
76% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  • Mr. Tumnus
$291.7M 2005
49% Rory O'Shea Was Here
  • Rory O'Shea
2005
80% Strings
  • Hal (English version)
2004
60% Wimbledon
  • Carl Colt
$16.9M 2004
65% Bright Young Things
  • Simon Balcairn
$0.9M 2003
No Score Yet Bollywood Queen
  • Jay
2003
36% The Pool
  • Mike
2001
No Score Yet Lorna Doone
  • Sgt. Bloxham
2000
60% Behind the Lines
  • Anthony Balfour
1999

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
77% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
  • Actor
  • Guest
  • Appearing
  • 2017
  • 2013
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2005
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
92% Shameless
2011
  • Actor
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2008
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Ray Pritchard Josh Malfen
  • 2003
No Score Yet Foyle's War
2002-2015
  • Ray Pritchard
  • 2002

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