"Where it gets difficult is when you get two or three jobs back to back where you're playing leads and doing 13, 14 hours a day, six days a week, and you suddenly think, hang on a minute, how can you have a life like this? Do I work to live or live to work? How can I work properly with no life to inform the work?"
James McAvoy (April 21, 1979-) is a Scottish actor known for a variety of well-received roles and memorable characters. He jump-started his career as Steve from Shameless
and went on to star in Band of Brothers
, which first brought him to the attention of Hollywood.
From being once solely known as "that guy who played Mr. Tumnus
", McAvoy has since achieved mainstream success and acclaim after starring as the lead roles in Academy Award
as Robbie Turner
and The Last King of Scotland
as Dr. Nicholas Garrigan
, as well as box office hits Wanted
as Wesley Gibson
, Arthur of Arthur Christmas
, and, most recently, X-Men: First Class
as the young Charles Xavier
McAvoy describes himself as "not ugly, but not your classic lead man, Brad Pitt
guy". His fans beg to disagree
He is known for his strikingly blue eyes
, red lips and crying in pretty much every movie he's ever been in
He is married to fellow Shameless
actress Anne Marie Duff, has a baby son and currently resides in London.
- Adorkable: He has played cute nerds in Starter For 10, The Last Station, and X-Men: First Class.
- Badass: He did almost all of his own stunts in British thriller Welcome to the Punch.
- Fake American: In Wanted and The Conspirator.
- Fake Irish: As Rory in Inside I'm Dancing. His accent is extremely convincing.
- Innocent Blue Eyes/Pretty Boy:
- His boyish beauty (which includes his bright, baby blue irises) is sometimes emphasized by a director to denote the character's goodness and na´vety, such as Robbie Turner, Valentin Bulgakov (The Last Station) and Charles Xavier.
- Subverted with Simon Newton. His youthful facial features tend to be highlighted, and he initially appears to be the most sympathetic character in the movie, but it's later revealed that Simon is an abusive, violent boyfriend and a murderer.
- Mr. Fanservice:
- He spends most of his screen time in Children of Dune looking like a shirtless Adonis.
- Has a scene in Wanted where he's both bare-chested and dripping wet.
- Is briefly nude in Trance (plus his character Simon is depicted as being gorgeous even when he's clothed).
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Occasionally, especially when his character is screaming or crying.
- One of Us: Cited Captain Kirk from Star Trek as the hero he'd most like to meet, joked that one of the reasons he wanted to play Charles Xavier was so that he can embody a young Captain Picard, was a huge fan of the Dune novels prior to starring in the Children of Dune miniseries, and has been seen in a Cheetara t-shirt several times. He's also a big fan of The Chronicles of Narnia, and considers it an honour to have been able to play Mr. Tumnus, who was his second favourite character in the books (Aslan being his ultimate favourite).
- Playing Against Type: Many people were surprised to see him as the greasy, racist, misogynist, homophobic, fast-food and drug junkie cop Bruce Robertson in Filth.
- Squee: He gets to play a scene with Sir Patrick Stewart, whom he is a fan of, in X-Men: Days of Future Past and isn't shy to show how much that delights him in interviews.