James McAvoy

Highest Rated: 92% Arthur Christmas (2011)
Lowest Rated: 21% Submergence (2018)
Birthday: Apr 21, 1979
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

CREDIT
No Score Yet It Chapter Two Bill Denbrough 2019
23% Dark Phoenix Professor Charles Xavier 2019
37% Glass Kevin Wendell Crumb/The Beast/Patricia/Dennis/Hedwig/Barry Crumb / The Beast 2019
21% Submergence James Moore 2018
27% Sherlock Gnomes Gnomeo 2018
78% Atomic Blonde David Percival $51.6M 2017
77% Split Dennis/ Patricial/ Hedwig/ The Beast/ Kevin Wendell Crumb $138.2M 2017
47% X-Men: Apocalypse Charles Xavier $135.8M 2016
26% 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
65% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them Conor Ludlow $0.5M 2014
65% Filth Bruce Producer $23.6K 2014
90% 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
47% 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 $145.4M 2011
55% The Conspirator Frederick Aiken $11.6M 2011
56% Gnomeo and Juliet Gnomeo $99.9M 2011
70% The Last Station Valentin Bulgakov $6.6M 2010
71% Wanted Wesley Gibson $134.3M 2008
83% Atonement Robbie Turner $50.9M 2007
58% 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
54% 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
61% Wimbledon Carl Colt $16.9M 2004
65% Bright Young Things Simon Balcairn $0.9M 2004
71% 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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2019
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
77% Watership Down
2018
Voice
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2014
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
Guest Appearing
  • 2017
  • 2013
No Score Yet Shameless (UK)
2004-2013
Steve
  • 2016
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2005
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
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2005
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2011
90% Shameless
2011
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2008
100% State of Play
2004
Dan Foster
  • 2004
No Score Yet Children of Dune
2003
Leto Atreides II
  • 2003
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Ray Pritchard Josh Malfen
  • 2003
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
Gowan Ross
  • 2003
No Score Yet Foyle's War
2002-2015
Ray Pritchard
  • 2002
No Score Yet His Dark Materials
2019
Lord Asriel Belacqua

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