James McAvoy stars in The Ruling Class at the Trafalgar Studios

James McAvoy

James McAvoy

James McAvoy stars in satirical comedy The Ruling Class by Peter Barnes at the Trafalgar Studios, directed by Jamie Lloyd.

James McAvoy was last on stage in Macbeth, directed by Jamie Lloyd, which launched the first Trafalgar Transformed season and earned him an Olivier award nomination for Best Actor, and for the production a nomination for Best Revival. Previous to this, he was on stage in Three Days of Rain (Olivier Award nomination) at the Apollo Theatre, also directed by Lloyd. Other stage credits include Breathing Corpses at the Royal Court, Privates on Parade at the Donmar Warehouse and Out in the Open at Hampstead Theatre.

On screen, McAvoy was recently seen as corrupt cop Bruce Robertson in Filth, for which he received a BIFA Best Actor award, London Critics Circle Best British Actor award and an Empire Award for Best Actor.  He also recently reprised his role as Professor Charles Xavier in Fox’s highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past.  He can next be seen in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby opposite Jessica Chastain.  McAvoy most recently completed production on Paul McGuigan’s Frankenstein with Daniel Radcliffe and in Spring 2015 will begin production on X Men: Apocalypse.  Other film credits include The Last King of Scotland (BAFTA, European Film Award, BIFA and London Film Critics Circle award nominations), Inside I’m Dancing (US title: Rory O’Shea Was Here) (London Film Critics Circle award for Best British Actor), Atonement (Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Actor as well as the London Film Critics Circle Award, the Santa Barbara Film Festival Award and the UK Regional Critics Award), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (BAFTA Rising Star Award and the London Film Critics Award nomination for British Actor in a Supporting role), Becoming Jane, Penelope, Wanted, X-Men: First Class, The Conspirator , Gnomeo and Juliet, Arthur Christmas, Welcome to the Punch, and Trance.

On television, McAvoy first came to prominence with the role of Josh in the Channel Four adaptation of Zadie Smith’s popular novel, White Teeth, with Geraldine James, John Simm and Naomie Harris.  In 2003, McAvoy played Dan Foster in the BAFTA-winning BBC political drama series, State of Play, with Bill Nighy, John Simm and Kelly Macdonald.  The series ran in the UK, debuted on BBC America and became one of the most successful UK exports of the last decade. This led onto his portrayal of the car thief, Steve, in the BAFTA-winning Channel 4 series Shameless.  He was nominated in the Best Comedy Newcomer category at the 2004 British Comedy Awards for his performance.

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