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Scottish stage and screen actor


James Andrew McAvoy is known for his roles in Atonement, The Last King of Scotland, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Penelope, Wanted, Frank Herbert's Children of Dune, and the British TV series Shameless and Early Doors. McAvoy has won the BAFTA Rising Star Award and a BAFTA Scotland award. He has also been nominated for an ALFS Award, two BAFTA Awards, a European Film Award, and a Golden Globe award. He is married to Anne-Marie Duff.

James McAvoy Info

Birth nameJames Andrew McAvoy
Date of BirthApril 21, 1979
Place of BirthPort Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Spouse (s)Anne-Marie Duff (2006–present)
Years active1995–present
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 This is the first time in their lives [that] they've met someone who is an equal of sorts, someone who understands them and can connect and push them too. Charles [is] fascinated with Erik (Magneto) and his potential. For Erik, Charles is the first person he's trusted to really tell about his past and the first person to understand the horrible things he's been through. 
— James McAvoy about the upcoming X-Men: First Class / February 23, 2011
 I’ve played roles where my character has to be quite charming and I’ve found it quite easy to do. I think some of it is in my bones but some of it is more deliberate. I remember that it was never that difficult for me to get a director to look up and pay attention to me. Mind you, I don’t know if that’s necessarily charm. 
— James McAvoy / February 14, 2011
 Even now when I’m auditioning, I’ll often stick in a wee thing or an extra line that I know will be disarming for the lady I’m acting with… Well, not necessarily disarming. Hopefully non-repellent. 
— James McAvoy / February 14, 2011
 I can assure you there are lots of occasions when I am not charming at all, 
— James McAvoy / February 14, 2011
 Well, she did spend half the film kicking the s**t out of me, so yeah, it was kind of hard to not feel emasculated. But that was kind of part of it really, and it was fun. If you’re going to have the s**t kicked out of you by someone, then it might as well be Angelina Jolie. She’s very good at it, and she does get a kick out of it, I think, doing those fight scenes. 
— James McAvoy feels emasculated working with Angelina Jolie / February 11, 2011
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 When I’m at home [in Scotland], I never wear a kilt. I’d probably get mugged; I’d probably get absolutely torn to pieces. Every now and then, if Scotland’s football team is playing an international match, I’ll put my kilt on. I have worn my kilt once walking around my home in London, and I went through a period of about two days where I went, ‘Yeah, I’m Scottish, I can wear my kilt wherever I like’. I asked a friend of mine, ‘What do you think?’ and he said, ‘Well you look like a dick’. So I stopped wearing my kilt. 
— James McAvoy on whether he wears a kilt / February 11, 2011
 I might not be in movies in 10 years’ time and I might not be playing nice, big lead roles. But I’ve still got to be an actor, I’ve still got to have a career and I’ve still got to be allowed to work. If you go down that blockbuster, starry route too much, there’s no way back to being a normal actor. Not that I’m not a ‘normal’ actor now, but it’s like some people can’t actually make the step back to character parts. 
— James McAvoy plans to keep acting until he is 80 / April 11, 2010
 I've always been intimidated by how good an actress she is - and no less now, Especially after watching the last two things she did - playing Margot Fonteyn in the BBC production Margot and playing John Lennon's mum in Nowhere Boy. She was just incredible. 
— James McAvoy is intimidated by his wife Anne-Marie Duff / February 16, 2010