James McAvoy’s biographyJames McAvoy is an actor of Scottish descent, who debuted in cinema at the age of 15. He is mostly known for the following films: «The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe», «Inside I'm Dancing», «Wanted», «X-Men: First Class», «Split».
ChildhoodJames McAvoy was born in Glasgow, Scotland in the family of Elizabeth Johnstone, a psychiatric nurse and James McAvoy, a builder. The family was in quite deplorable financial state, maybe that’s why, unable to stand constant severities and privations, James’ parents divorced when he was 7, after which James Jr. permanently lost contact with his father.
«I wanted to become a priest, a missionary, maybe even travel to such a distant Africa in order to save people from starvation, - told the actor. – but once, though I changed my mind. I just imagined I had to wake up early in the morning at six every single day and walk to the church. Of course, I didn’t mind becoming a priest but actually I was categorically against waking up early. As for me, it’s like suicide!».
Leaving school the young actor began developing his acting skills at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. The boy entered the educational institution easily despite a large number of people willing and the large contest. During his years of study he managed to play in a couple of cinema projects («Regeneration», «An Angel Passes By, «Lorna Doone»). In the year 2000, he became a graduate actor.
Acting careerHaving played dozen of small roles in the most different projects he was approved for the men’s leading role in a low-budget melodrama the «Bollywood Queen». In the early 2000’s he was involved in performances at the youth theatre PACE, particularly, he played a man selling intimate services in the «Out in the Open» spectacle. The spectacle was seen by filmmaker Joe Wright who was amazed by McAvoy’s play. He began showering the young actor with offers, which James declined one after another.
The «Inside I'm Dancing» film was released in 2004 with the tag line «Live life like you mean it». By the scenario Michael, a young man with cerebral palsy moves into the home for the Disabled, where he meets another patient - Rory O'Shea, who was played by McAvoy. Rory is practically immobile because of Duchenne muscular dystrophy but any healthy person could envy his vitality.
It is worth noting that James McAvoy was one of the candidates for the leading role in the famous screening of John Tolkien «The Hobbit». But the creators of the picture still signed the contract with Martin Freeman, who suited more to the description of Bilbo Baggins from the book.
However, the hate for blockbusters didn’t prevent him from playing young Professor Charles Xavier in the «X-Men: First Class» (2011) fantasy thriller. The picture took the audience to the origins of schools for gifted mutants and the beginning of the confrontation between Xavier and Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender. McAvoy returned to that character in 2014 and 2016 in the «X-Men: Days of Future Past» and «X-Men: Apocalypse».
James McAvoy’s personal lifeJames McAvoy lived in civil marriage with his classmate Emma Nelson for 9 years. After parting with his beloved, he became addicted to alcohol. Just at the time, the creative crisis filled the actor’s life.
James’ life changed after the filming of the British series «Shameless» (don’t mix it with the American remake of the same name), where the young man met actress Anne-Marie Duff, who played the role of his girlfriend in the series. The girl appeared to be older than his colleague for 9 years. Namely, she taught James to «respect life» and helped his self-appraisal.