Hollywood superstar and the amazing Scottish actor James Mcavoy was born on April 21, 1979, in Glassglow Scotland to Elizabeth Mcavoy who practised psychiatric nursing and James Mcavoy who was a builder. James parents’ marriage was not a long one, their marital bliss shattered, ending in a divorce in 1985 when he was barely 7.
He was born a Roman Catholic, however, he doesn’t practice it anymore. After his parents separated, he ended up with his maternal grandparents; Mary and James Johnstone due to his mother’s ill health. His grandfather was a butcher at Glasglow.
James has two siblings; a sister whose name was only given as Joy and a younger half-brother, Donald who is most likely from his father’s later relationship. As a result of his parents’ divorce and the living conditions after, James has not had any relationship or contact with his father James Snr. since he was a child.
He attended St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Jordan Hill Glasglow and Royal Scotish Academy of Music and Drama. As a kid and due to how devoted the family was to the Christian religion, James once had a desire to be a priest but it never worked it. He worked at a bakery during his school days to support the situation at home with his aged grandparents.
James’ debut in acting was a teen appearance in the movie The Near Room. He admitted that at the time, he did not have so much interest in being an actor but he soon made the decision to study acting after he developed feelings while on set for his co-star Alana Brady and that decision sure paid off. After he graduated from the Royal Scotish Academy of Music and Drama in 2000, he began to make guest appearances in TV shows and movies. His first major movie role was as a gay character in the play Out in the Open which he executed to perfection, causing directors to recognize his talent and offer him other roles.
From the beginning, McAvoy has been on the picky side with the kind of roles he plays and as such, the early 2000s saw him rejecting a lot of roles. In those years, he took up roles in movies and shows like Band of Brothers (2001), White Teeth (2002), Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune (2003), State of Play (2003) and others. At this time, viewers the world over have begun to recognize the expertise McAvoy displayed and of course, they wanted more of him.
2005 saw Jame McAvoy’s public profile rising higher than it had ever been and of course, it had a lot to do with the time he spent working with Walt Disney on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The movie’s success at the box office hit grossed over £8.7 million at 498 cinemas in one weekend. This, in turn, skyrocketed the demand for McAvoy as directors from nook and crannies came bearing roles and mouth-watering deals. Some of his most famous works till date include Wanted (2008), The Last Station (2009), Welcome to the Punch (2011), Filth (2012), and his role as Professor Charles Xavier in the famous Xmen series of 2010 until 2019.
Apart from acting, James McAvoy has also done voice works for animated films like Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps.
Recognitions and Awards
In the course of his career which has spanned into decades, James McAvoy has worked with and alongside other Hollywood superstars like Angelina Jolie in Wanted, Tom Hanks, Michael Fassbender, Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, Morgan Freeman and others.
James career has glowed and sparkled, achieving a lot of excellence thereby receiving a crowd of nominations and winning a whole lot of awards too. His winning streak began in 2007 when he was nominated for and won the Rising Star Award at the British Academy Film Awards and since then, he has gone on to win over 15 others.
On seeing the success of his son, James McAvoy Snr. openly spoke on Sunday Mirror that he would love to reach out to him and be a part of his life again, however, James Jnr hasn’t spoken a word about it after hearing what he said, one could say James Jnr still hurts about his father and is not ready to settle scores just yet. Moreso, it would seem the older McAvoy only wants to be associated with his son’s fame and wealth after abandoning his responsibilities all these years.
James McAvoy’s Net Worth
With the skill and talent which James McAvoy has displayed that caused directors to want to offer him roles, it is no wonder that he has made a fortune from his acting career. More to that, he is a lover of cars and lives the luxury lifestyle on his net worth which has been estimated at $17 million.
James McAvoy’s Wife/Girlfriend and Son
James met and started a relationship with Anne Duff when he was working on the movie Shameless. The two dated for a while before they officially got married on 11 November 2006, their wedding was not a big one unlike most celebrity weddings, they had a very quiet gathering. The couple welcomed a son in 2010 and named him Brendan McAvoy.
Barely six years after they had their son, history repeated itself; James and Duff announced their divorce, however, they both still live in North London to build their relationship with their son on a firm foundation of understanding what family entails. Rumours have it that James had been involved in affairs with actress Emma Neilson between 1995 and 2002.
Height and Other Facts
He may not be the tallest guy out there but James McAvoy stands at a decent height of 5 feet and 7 inches. His full body measurements are – chest size 41, waist size 14 & biceps 33 inches. He has blue eyes and brown hair.
James has a love for football and he is a Celtic football club fan and has indicated to play for them if the opportunity is granted to him.
In James’ little way of reaching out to the world, he did a base Jump from the world’s tallest building to help raise money for Uganda children Charity Restrak and he is also a member of Red Cross Society.