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  • Was raised by his maternal grandparents after his parents' divorce when he was 7 years old.
  • When he was in high school, director David Hayman came to give a talk. Hayman eventually cast him in the film The Near Room, which helped McAvoy get into drama school.
  • Also considered careers in the clergy and the Navy.
  • Before finding fame, worked in a bakery. 
  • Met his wife, Anne-Marie Duff, on the set of the television show Shameless.
  • Is an avid fan of the Celtic Football Club.
  • Has supported the charity Retrak, which works with street children in Africa to give them an alternative to living on the streets, since filming 2006's The Last King of Scotland in Uganda.
  • Earned positive reviews for his performance of the title role in a 2013 West End production of Macbeth that was set in futuristic Scotland.


  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2007, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2008, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
  • 2013, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2015, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2010, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2006, BAFTA Film Awards — Rising Star Award: Winner
  • 2008, European Film Awards — European Actor: Nominee


  • Elizabeth McAvoy — Mother
  • Anne-Marie Duff — Wife (separated)
  • Brendan McAvoy — Son
  • James McAvoy — Father
  • Mary Johnstone — Grandmother
  • James Johnstone — Grandfather
  • Joy McAvoy — Sister


  • Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, Scotland (2000)

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  • Birth Name: James Andrew McAvoy
  • Birth Place: Scotstoun, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Profession: Actor

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