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James McAvoy is a Scottish actor best known for his roles in The Last King of Scotland (2006), Atonement (2007) and X-Men: First Class (2011).
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Set in the 1790s, the film explores the relationship between Austen and a young Irish lawyer played by McAvoy. In Atonement, which is based on the best-selling novel by Ian McEwan, he co-stars with Kiera Knightley as a servant’s son who is falsely accused of a crime, the repercussions of which are felt for decades.
Moving on to an action film,
McAvoy played opposite Angelina Jolie in Wanted as a man who discovers his estranged father was assassin and decided to follow his footsteps. It is expected to be released in 2008.
Besides being a talented actor, McAvoy is a skilled fencer and acrobat. He married to actress Anne-Marie Duff in 2006. The two met while appearing on the British television comedy Shameless.
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