Celebrities in Classics is a regular feature where I highlight the classic novel adaptations my favourite actors have starred in.
WHO IS IT? James McAvoy is a Scottish actor who worked in television and theatre for most of his teens and twenties until his breakthrough role in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. He has won numerous awards including the BAFTA Best Actor award for The Last King of Scotland and the Empire Award for Best Actor for Atonement. You can currently see him in theatres playing Dr. Victor Frankenstein.
WHAT’S SO FASCINATING? James McAvoy is a dynamic actor and we’ve seen him successfully play vulnerable characters, as well as ballsy characters. Maybe it’s the eyes or maybe it’s the accent, James is an ideal actor for playing tragic, romantic figures. But at the same time, he conveys the scrappiness of someone tougher than he first appears.
FIRST ENCOUNTER: I first saw James in the movie, The Last King of Scotland, which was an intense and violent story. James plays a young, naïve doctor who witnesses the rule of Idi Amin, president of Uganda during the seventies.
CLASSIC BOOK FILMOGRAPHY
2001 ~ Lorna Doone ~ Sergeant Bloxham (TV)
2002 ~ White Teeth ~ Josh Malfen (TV)
2003 ~ Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune ~ Leto II Atreides (TV)
2003 ~ Bright Young Things ~ The Earl of Balcairn
2003 ~ Bollywood Queen ~ Jay
2005 ~ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ~ Mr. Tumnus
2007 ~ Becoming Jane ~ Thomas Lefroy
2007 ~ Atonement ~ Robbie Turner
2011 ~ Gnomeo and Juliet ~ Gnomeo (voice)
2011 ~ X-Men: First Class ~ Professor Charles Xavier
2014 ~ X-Men: Days of Future Past ~ Professor Charles Xavier
2015 ~ Victor Frankenstein ~ Victor Frankenstein
2016 ~ X-Men: Apocalypse ~ Professor Charles Xavier
To see James McAvoy’s full filmography, visit Wikipedia.
FUN FACT: James is a trained fencer and acrobat.
GREAT QUOTE: When you can see kids smiling, that’s one of the best things. That’s why I did ‘Narnia.’
What’s your favourite James McAvoy movie? Which celebrity in a classic should I profile next?