James McAvoy: Career, Wife & Net Worth

Have you watched the X-Men film series? If yes, you definitely must know James McAvoy!

Moreover, McAvoy portrays the role of Charles Xavier, also known as Professor X, in the Marvel superhero film series.

The Scottish actor has been in the Hollywood industry for a long time and could be called a veteran.

Did you know that McAvoy won the Best Villian Award for his incredible acting in Split?

James McAvoy pictured with his wife Lisa.
James McAvoy pictured with his wife, Lisa.

Besides acting, McAvoy is also famous for his philanthropic works.

If you want to know about McAvoy’s hot news and spicy information, you better read the article till the end!

Quick Facts

Birth Name James Andrew McAvoy Jr.
Professional Name James McAvoy
Nickname Jamesy Boy, Jimmy, Floyd
Date of birth April 21, 1979
Religion Catholicism
Nationality Scottish
Ethnicity Scottish
Age 43 Years Old
Zodiac sign Taurus
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Current residence London, England
Sex Male
Father’s name James McAvoy Sr.
Mother’s name Elizabeth Johnstone
Siblings 2 (Joy McAvoy, Donald McAvoy)
Profession Actor
Source of Wealth Acting, Endorsements
Salary $3 million per year
Agent Ruth Young
Agency United Agents
Skin color White
Height 5’7″ (1.70 m)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Distinctive Features Sweet Scottish accent, Blue Eyes
Body Build Slim
Shoe size 10 US
Hair color Light Brown
Eye color Blue
Marital status Married
Spouse(s) Anne-Marie Duff (m. 2006, div. 2016)
Lisa Liberati (m. 2019)
Children 1 (Brendan McAvoy)
School St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School
Alma Mater Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Hobbies Listening to Music, Mountain Climbing, Playing Football
Favorite Director Ken Loach
Favorite Books Dune, The Lord of the Rings, Birdsong
Favorite TV Show Star Trek
Favorite Movies The Goonies, The Great Escape, Back to the Future
Favorite Music Damien Rice, Aerosmith, Bill Hicks, State Soundtrack
Favorite Sports Football
Favorite Team Celtic FC
Salary $3 million (Annual)
Net worth $20 million
Social Media Instagram
Last Update May 2022

James McAvoy: Early Life & Family 

James Andrew McAvoy Jr. was born on April 21, 1979, in Glasgow, Scotland.

James McAvoy Sr., Jimmy’s father, was a bus driver who worked as a builder, while his mother, Elizabeth Johnstone, was a psychiatric nurse.

The actor grew up in a Roman Catholic family. Sadly, his parents divorced when he was 11.

And since his mother suffered from poor health, James went on to live with his grandparents, Mary and James Johnstone. 

So, most of the actor’s childhood was spent in Drumchapel with his old buddies, where his mother would occasionally visit him.

In addition to that, Jamesy Boy wasn’t his parents’ single child; he had a younger sister named Joy and a half-brother, Donald.

A rare picture of a young James McAvoy.
A rare picture of a young James McAvoy.

Moreover, as the connection between James and his father was never good, the actor claims he hasn’t contacted his dad since childhood.

Education

About his education, McAvoy attended the St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Jordanhill.

During his interview in 2006, he said that he wanted to become a priest to explore the world as a child.

Most importantly, life was hard for James as he didn’t have a father figure.

Hene, the youngin, worked at a local bakery to collect some pocket money!

Similarly, James applied to the Royal Navy and got selected but couldn’t join as he was offered to study in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

In such a manner, the actor completed his Alma Mater in Music and Drama.

Growing up, James always loved acting and also performed on stage.

Likewise, after graduating in 2000, the actor decided to chase his dreams of pursuing a career in acting. And with that, the boy from Glasgow moved to London.

James McAvoy: Age, Height & Weight

James is currently 43 years old.

Likewise, the Scottish actor is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 68 Kilograms.

Moreover, the X-men actor has blue eyes, matching his light brown colored hair.

McAvoy is slim, has a fit body type, and wears 10 US-sized shoes.

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James McAvoy: Relationships & Son

James is a humble person and is committed to the ones he loves.

Over the years, McAvoy was in a serious relationship with only two women.

Anne-Marie Duff was James’ first love; the couple first met on the set of Shameless.

Moreover, their chemistry became so dynamic and romantic in the movie that they fell in love. 

Similarly, after a year of dating, the British couple decided to marry right ahead and tied the knot on November 11, 2006.

While being married, the couple was joyful and shared their love in interviews.

James McAvoy with his ex-wife.
James McAvoy with his ex-wife.

Anne gave birth to their son Brendan McAvoy in 2010.

Unfortunately, the couple had some problems and decided to call it to quit in 2016 and made a joint decision to divorce on May 13, 2016.

The parents of Brendan initially decided to share a home to minimize the disruption in their son’s life.

The ex-couple shared a home in North London even after the divorce.

Similarly, in 2016, James was rumored to be dating X-Men costar Alexandra Shipp, but the rumor never came to fruition. 

McAvoy met his future wife, Lisa Liberati, during the filming of Split.

Additionally, Lisa Liberati was the personal assistant of the director M. Night Shyamalan during that time.

Most importantly, in February 2022, James admitted during an interview with The Guardian that he had secretly married his long-time partner.

After years of speculation and rumors between McAvoy and Lisa, the Scot finally revealed his secret marriage.

James McAvoy: Career

Movies 

The versatile actor debuted in the movie industry in 1995 with the movie The Near Room.

In 2001, James acted in Bright Young Things and Bollywood Queen.

Moreover, we can say that 2004 was a great year of McAvoy as he landed roles in two movies.

 In 2005, James acted in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Amazingly, McAvoy bagged seven movies from 2006 to 2008, all of them were pretty good ones.

Likewise, in 2011, McAvoy made his debut in the X-Men: First Class as Professor Charles Xavier, also known as Professor X.

The actor then showed his versatility in the 2013 movies, Trance, Filth, and Welcome to the Punch, all of the different genres. 

Similarly, he portrayed the role of the main character in Victor Frankenstein in 2015.

In 2016, Floyd appeared again as Charles in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Anya and James in the set of Split.
Anya and James in the set of Split.

That same year, McAvoy acted in Split alongside Anya Taylor-Joy.

Most importantly, 2019 was a glorious year for the British actor who acted in Dark Phoenix, Chapter Two, and Glass.

James McAvoy’s latest involvement in movies comes in My Son and The Bubble.

Additionally, The Bubble was directed by Judd Apatow, and his daughter Iris, and his wife Leslie Mann also star in the comedy film.

Voice Roles & Cameos

Lisa Liberati’s husband’s debut as a voice actor came in 2004. He voiced Hal Tara from String.

In 2011, he landed two other gigs in Gnomeo & Juliet and Arthur Christmas.

Likewise, McAvoy is widely famous for his cameo in the movie Muppets Most Wanted, where he appears as a delivery man.

Similarly, in 2018, the Scot also had an uncredited cameo scene in Deadpool 2, where he appeared as Charles Xavier.

His other work includes Hazel in the 2018’s animated series Watership Down. 

Small Screen Appearances 

The Scottish Superstar made his TV debut in 1997 on The Bill. He only returned to the small screen in 2001 with series like Band of Brothers, Lorna Doone, and Murder in Mind.

Similarly, Floyd acted in White Teeth, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, and Foyle’s War in 2002.

Most importantly, the British actor portrayed the role of Steve McBride in Shameless from 2004 to 2005.

Likewise, in 2005, James McAvoy appeared as Joe Macbeth in an episode of Shakespea Re-Told.

Also, in 2019, McAvoy, alongside Meek Mill, hosted Saturday Night Live.

That year, he appeared as Lord Asriel Belacqua in His Dark Materials; the fantasy drama series is still running and is rated 7.9 by IMDb.

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Theatre Films

The talented actor made his stage debut in 1999’s West Side Story as Riff, followed by Romeo and Juliet and Beauty and the Beast the same year.

His other acclaimed works include The Tempest, Lovers, Out In The Open, Privates on Parade, Breathing Corpses, Three Days of Rain, Macbeth, and The Ruling Class. 

Furthermore, Jimmy’s latest stage act came in Cyrano de Bergerac; he acted as Cyrano, the main character.

Video Games & Audiobooks 

Besides acting, James is also respected for his voice.

In 2013, McAvoy gave voice to Richard Mayhew in the radio drama Neverwhere.

Likewise, in 2015, he was the voice actor of Marlow in Orson Welles’ Heart of Darkness.

Similarly, the versatile actor who previously was a video game addict gave voice to the Team Radio in F1 2016, the racing game.

Moreover, Jimmy gave voice to the superhero, Dream in The Sandman in 2020.

In 2021, he was the voice-over of a man in 12 minutes, an adventure game.

James McAvoy: Controverises

James is a famous Scot in Hollywood who has been in the limelight for a very long time.

Despite his fame, the actor has remained on the safe side; he has not been involved in many controversies.

Moreover, James’ acting was so realistic in Filth that he was hated by the audience for his villainous role as Bruce Robertson.

Just imagine the level of acting he produced, to hate the actual person who acted in the movie.

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James McAvoy: Philantrophy

The child who didn’t grow up with his parents always knew the importance of a family. 

In 2011, James performed a BASE jump from the tallest hospital to raise money for Retrak. He would go on to help Retrak often from that point!

Most importantly, the actor would donate the money to the charity event for the children in the streets of Uganda.

Similarly, McAvoy is also a supporter of the British Red Cross.

He went to Uganda with the organization for an awareness program.

Likewise, in 2015, James pledged to donate £125,000 to the scholarship program for a 10-year-old there. 

In addition to that, the child went to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Recently after the global pandemic, the actor donated £275,000 to help the NHS in a pandemic campaign.

James McAvoy: Awards & Nominations

  • 2006 Rising Star Award
  • 2007, 2014 Best Actor in Film for Atonement and Filth
  • 2018 Best Acor in a Leading Role for Split
  • 2021 Best Actor in Television for Together

James McAvoy: Net Worth

James Andrew McAvoy Jr. has an estimated net worth of $20 million.

The actor mainly earns from his acting salary and some from his sponsors.

It is known that James has an annual salary of $3 million.

James McAvoy: Social Media Presence

The actor is only active on Instagram.

Similarly, James shares many photos on his account, with 4.1 million followers and 535 posts.

James McAvoy: Fun Facts

  • McAvoy is a lifetime fan of The Chronicles of Narnia and was fortunate to act in the movie.
  • Band of Brothers was the series in which James made his breakthrough.
  • Joaquin Phoenix was initially set to play the role of Kevin Wendell in Split, but McAvoy got the part.
  • The actor states that he is lucky for the success he has achieved.
  • Likewise, if not becoming an actor, James would choose the priesthood.

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James McAvoy: FAQs

Which football club does James McAvoy support?

McAvoy is a vast Celtic FC supporter; the football lover has been a Celtic fan since a child.

Moreover, he states that Jimmy Johnstone was one of his best players and would love to act as him in a movie!

Does James McAvoy play video games?

The actor who has given voice in 2 video games was once a video game addict.

Moreover, James played the games like The Elder Scrolls, Secret of Mana, and The Legen of Zelda.

Furthermore, he once burned a CD of Oblivion to get rid of his video game addiction.

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