James McAvoy is a Scottish film actor who became famous for his roles in the films: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Especially Dangerous”,“Split”,“Glass”. Laureate of the Cannes Film Festival, BAFTA, British Independent Film, MTV Movie Awards nominee, Golden Globe.
At the pinnacle of fame, McAvoy found himself after playing the main role of Professor X in three films of the X-Men cinematic universe. His acting talent was also revealed in the movie "Split", where James had to play a man suffering from a mental illness - a plurality of personalities, embodying several characters on the screen at once, among which there were women.
Childhood and adolescence
James was born in Scotland in April 1979. His mother worked as a nurse in a local hospital, and his father was engaged in construction. Younger sister Joy later became interested in music and became the lead singer of one of the most popular bands in Scotland. A few years after the birth of their second child, the family broke up, the parents divorced and James was raised by his grandparents.
The boy was sent to study at a Catholic school, and he was first going to become a clergyman, then he began to think about a military career, and only after meeting with the director and actor David Hayman, he finally decided on his future path, deciding to become an actor.
The creative biography of James began in his youth, when he was offered a small role in the film "The Next Room".
After the beginning of his acting career, the young man entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Music to get an acting education.
After his first film, James continued his career in cinematography and starred in several TV series, in cameo roles. But after the start of training at the academy, there was a long break in the filming process. McAvoy returned to cinema in the early 2000s, receiving several roles in TV series and minor roles in films.
James got the main role in the film "And in my soul I dance", where he embodied on the screen the image of a disabled young man. This film has earned critical acclaim and was named one of the best films in Ireland.
A year later, McAvoy was invited to shoot the first film "The Chronicles of Narnia", and then to the picture "The Last King of Scotland." For this work, the actor was nominated for a British Film Academy Award. Two years later, he became an EMPIRE magazine award winner and a Golden Globe nominee for the lead role in Atonement, partnering with Keira Knightley.
The next work was the fantastic action "Wanted" with McAvoy and Angelina Jolie, and the biopic "The Last Resurrection" about the life and work of Leo Tolstoy, filmed by Russian, German and British filmmakers.
From that moment on, the actor's popularity is growing every day and he is offered many new projects, including: "The Conspirator", "Dirt", "Welcome to the Trap", "Trance".
The next stage of his career was shooting for many years in the X-Men cinematic universe, where James got the role of Professor X - Charles Xavier, which made him even more popular and famous.
At the same time, James was involved in several more successful projects: Split, Explosive Blonde, Deadpool 2, Victor Frankenstein, Glass.
In 2019, films with his participation are expected: "X-Men: Dark Phoenix", "It 2" and the series "Dark Principles".
James's first love was named Emma Nelson. He met a girl during his school years. For several years they had a serious romance, and they even lived together for a while. When Emma left James, he was very upset by the breakup, which led to depression, creative crisis and addiction to alcohol.
A few years later, James meets the actress Anne-Mary Duff, with whom he is officially married two years later. They had a son, Brandan, and six years later the couple broke up, while maintaining a fairly good, friendly relationship, thanks more to their little son, who is raised together.
During the filming of Split, McAvoy became close to assistant director Lisa Liberati. James himself does not comment on their relationship, but the press is filled with numerous rumors and gossip about their romance, although so far there is no talk of a serious relationship and marriage.