James McAvoy: roles in movies since 1995

James McAvoy was born in 1979, he is an Scottish actor.

James McAvoy

Born:
21 April 1979
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Career:
as actor in films since 1995 (age 16)
as actor in television since 1997 (age 18)

McAvoy made his acting debut as a teen in “The Near Room” (1995) and made mostly television appearances until 2003, when his feature film career began.

In 2003, McAvoy appeared in a lead role in Bollywood Queen. This was followed by a supporting role, the faun Mr. Tumnus, in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (2005). His performance in Kevin Macdonald’s drama “The Last King of Scotland” (2006) garnered him several award nominations, including the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. The critically acclaimed romantic drama war film “Atonement” (2007) earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination and his second BAFTA nomination. He appeared as a newly trained assassin in the action thriller “Wanted” (2008).

Since 2011 James played Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series.




Roles portrayed by James McAvoy

2019 James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough in It Chapter Two

It is a horror film and the sequel to the 2017 film “It”. Both films are based on the 1986 novel “It” by Stephen King. The sequel film is based on the second half of the novel and is directed by Andy Muschietti. Set in 2016, 27 years after the events from 1988-1989 depicted in the first film, it stars Bill Skarsgård, who reprises his role as Pennywise.

James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough in It Chapter Two (2019)

2019 James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X in Dark Phoenix

James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X in Dark Phoenix (2019)

2019 James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Horde / The Beast in Glass

It is a psychological superhero thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film is a crossover and sequel to Shyamalan’s previous films Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016), serving as the final installment in the Unbreakable trilogy.

James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Horde / The Beast in Glass (2019)

2018 James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X in Deadpool 2

2017 James McAvoy as David Percival in Atomic Blonde

It is an action thriller spy film based on the 2012 graphic novel “The Coldest City”, which revolves around a spy who has to find a list of double agents who are being smuggled into the West, on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

James McAvoy as David Percival in Atomic Blonde (2017)

2017 James McAvoy as James Moore in Submergence

It is a romantic thriller film directed by Wim Wenders, based on the novel of same name by J. M. Ledgard. In a room with no windows on the eastern coast of Africa, a Scotsman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Thousands of miles away in the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders prepares to dive in a submersible to the ocean floor. In their confines they are drawn back to the Christmas of the previous year, where a chance encounter on a beach in France led to an intense and enduring romance.

James McAvoy as James Moore in Submergence (2017)

2016 James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X in X-Men: Apocalypse

James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

2016 James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Horde / The Beast in Split

It is a psychological horror thriller film and the second installment in the Unbreakable trilogy written, directed, and produced by M. Night Shyamalan. Its plot revolves around Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with 24 different personalities who kidnaps and imprisons three teenage girls in an isolated underground facility.

James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Horde / The Beast in Split (2016)

2015 James McAvoy as Victor Frankenstein in Victor Frankenstein

It is a science fantasy horror film based on contemporary adaptations of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein.

Directed: Paul McGuigan

James McAvoy as Victor Frankenstein in Victor Frankenstein (2015)

2014 James McAvoy as Delivery Man in Muppets Most Wanted

2014 James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X in X-Men: Days of Future Past

James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

2014 James McAvoy as Conor Ludlow in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” is the collective title of three films written and directed by Ned Benson. All three films follow the same time period, but are told from the differing perspectives of Conor Ludlow and Eleanor Rigby, a young married couple living in New York. Him looks at their relationship from Conor’s angle, while Her follows Eleanor’s.

James McAvoy as Conor Ludlow in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)

2013 James McAvoy as Max Lewinsky in Welcome to the Punch

When a notorious criminal is forced to return to London, it gives a detective one last chance to take down the man he’s always been after.

Director: Eran Creevy

James McAvoy as Max Lewinsky in Welcome to the Punch (2013)

2013 James McAvoy as Simon Newton in Trance

An art auctioneer becomes mixed up with a group of criminals partners with a hypnotherapist in order to recover a lost painting.

Director: Danny Boyle

James McAvoy as Simon Newton in Trance (2013)

2013 James McAvoy as Bruce Robertson in Filth

A corrupt, junkie cop Bruce Robertson with bipolar disorder attempts to manipulate his way through a promotion in order to win back his wife and daughter while also fighting his own inner demons.

Director: Jon S. Baird

James McAvoy as Bruce Robertson in Filth (2013)

2011 James McAvoy as Frederick Aiken in The Conspirator

It is historical drama film directed by Robert Redford based on an original screenplay by James D. Solomon. The film tells the story of Mary Surratt, the only female conspirator charged in the Abraham Lincoln assassination and the first woman to be executed by the United States federal government. James McAvoy played Captain Frederick Aiken, an idealistic young war hero who reluctantly defends Surratt and in the process comes to believe in her innocence.

James McAvoy as Frederick Aiken in The Conspirator (2011)

2011 James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X in X-Men: First Class

It’s superhero film based on the X-Men characters appearing in Marvel Comics. The fifth installment in the X-Men film series, it was directed by Matthew Vaughn. The film is set primarily in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and focuses on the relationship between Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, and the origin of their groups—the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants, respectively, as they deal with the Hellfire Club led by Sebastian Shaw, who is bent on world domination.

James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X in X-Men: First Class (2011)

2009 James McAvoy as Valentin Bulgakov in The Last Station

It’s a biographical drama film written and directed by Michael Hoffman, and based on Jay Parini’s 1990 biographical novel of the same name, which chronicled the final months of Leo Tolstoy’s life. James McAvoy plaed Tolstoy’s new secretary, Valentin Bulgakov, who finds himself mediating between the two sides (In 1910, the last year of Leo Tolstoy’s life, his disciples “Tolstoyans”, led by Vladimir Chertkov, manoeuvre against his wife, Sofya, for control over Tolstoy’s works after his death). Bulgakov also has a love affair with one of the Tolstoyans, Masha.

James McAvoy as Valentin Bulgakov in The Last Station (2009)

2008 James McAvoy as Wesley A. Gibson in Wanted

It’s an action thriller film directed by Timur Bekmambetov, based on the comic book miniseries by Mark Millar and J. G. Jones. It’s plot revolves around Wesley Gibson, a frustrated account manager who discovers that he is the son of a professional assassin and decides to join the Fraternity, a secret society in which his father worked.

James McAvoy as Wesley A. Gibson in Wanted (2008)

2007 James McAvoy as Thomas Langlois Lefroy in Becoming Jane

It’s a British-Irish biographical romantic drama film directed by Julian Jarrold. It depicts the early life of the English author Jane Austen and her lasting love for Thomas Langlois Lefroy. American actress Anne Hathaway stars as the title character, while her romantic interest is played by Scottish actor James McAvoy.

James McAvoy as Thomas Langlois Lefroy in Becoming Jane (2007)

2007 James McAvoy as Robbie Turner in Atonement

It’s a romantic war tragedy film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian McEwan’s 2001 novel of the same name. Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister’s lover of a crime he did not commit.

James McAvoy as Robbie Turner in Atonement (2007)

2006 James McAvoy as Dr. Nicholas Garrigan in The Last King of Scotland

It’s a historical drama film based on Giles Foden’s novel “The Last King of Scotland” (1998) directed by Kevin Macdonald. The film tells the fictional story of Nicholas Garrigan, a young Scottish doctor who travels to Uganda and becomes the personal physician of President Idi Amin. The film is based on events of Amin’s rule, and the title comes from a reporter in a press conference who wishes to verify whether Amin, who was known to adopt fanciful imperial titles for himself, declared himself the King of Scotland.

James McAvoy as Dr. Nicholas Garrigan in The Last King of Scotland (2006)

2006 James McAvoy as Brian Jackson in Starter for 10

Set in 1985, working-class student Brian Jackson navigates his first year at Bristol University.

Director: Tom Vaughan

James McAvoy as Brian Jackson in Starter for 10 (2006)

2006 James McAvoy as Johnny Martin in Penelope

A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with “one who will accept her as one of their own.”

Director: Mark Palansky

James McAvoy as Johnny Martin in Penelope (2006)

2005 James McAvoy as Mr. Tumnus in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

It’s British-American high fantasy film co-written and directed by Andrew Adamson, based on “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, the first published and second chronological novel in C.S.Lewis’s children’s epic fantasy series, “The Chronicles of Narnia”. Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

James McAvoy as Mr. Tumnus in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

2004 James McAvoy as Carl Colt in Wimbledon

A pro tennis player has lost his ambition and has fallen in rank to 119. Fortunately for him, he meets a young player on the women’s circuit who helps him recapture his focus for Wimbledon.

Director: Richard Loncraine

James McAvoy as Carl Colt in Wimbledon (2004)

2004 James McAvoy as Rory O’Shea in Inside I’m Dancing

When the kinetic Rory moves into his room in the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, his effect on the home is immediate. Most telling is his friendship with Michael, a young man with cerebral palsy and nearly unintelligible speech. Somehow, Rory understands Michael, and encourages him to experience life outside the confines of home.

Director: Damien O’Donnell

James McAvoy as Rory O’Shea in Inside I’m Dancing (2004)

2003 James McAvoy as The Earl of Balcairn in Bright Young Things

An adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s novel “Vile Bodies”, is a look into the lives of a young novelist, his would-be lover, and a host of young people who beautified London in the 1930s.

Director: Stephen Fry

James McAvoy as The Earl of Balcairn in Bright Young Things (2003)

2003 James McAvoy as Jay in Bollywood Queen

A cross cultural romance set in London’s East End about a young girl of Indian heritage.

Director: Jeremy Wooding

James McAvoy as Jay in Bollywood Queen (2003)

2001 James McAvoy as Mike in Swimming Pool

International students at an elite Prague school are stalked and murdered while holding a party in an abandoned water park.

Director: Boris von Sychowski

James McAvoy as Mike in Swimming Pool (2001)

1997 James McAvoy as Anthony Balfour in Regeneration

1995 James McAvoy as Kevin Savage in The Near Room