James McAvoy is a Scottish actor. He was born on August 21, 1979, in Glasgow, Scotland. His parents divorced when he was the age of seven, and his mother who suffered from poor health decided that it was best that he stayed with his grandparents. His acting debut came in 1995’s with The Near Room. Next came the critically acclaimed movie Atonement which marked the breakthrough in his career. McAvoy’s most notable role is that of Dr. Charles Xavier in 2011’s X-Men: First Class.
McAvoy considers himself a spiritual person who no longer practices Catholicism. McAvoy was brought up as a Roman Catholic. He attended St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary, a Catholic School and even considered the idea of joining the Catholic priesthood. In a 2006 interview with The Guardian, he admitted the reason he considered becoming a priest was to travel the world.
He keeps his political affiliation private. Speaking during Scotlands Independence Referendum Vote, he had refused to comment on whether he is either the pro-independence or pro-Union. During the lead-up to the referendum, McAvoy avoided getting caught up in the debate, admitting that he felt it would be “counter-productive” to his career.
In an interview he said he enjoys hiking and playing soccer. He also mentioned that he really enjoys cooking and even trained for several years to become a confectioner. This is how he paid for drama school growing up.
Besides acting and science fiction his biggest interest is soccer. McAvoy is a huge fan of the Celtic Football Club, stating that his dream role would be to play Celtic legend, Jimmy Johnstone. James also has a very serious allergy to horses. He had a difficult time shooting for the movie, The Conspirator, due to his horse allergy.