There are a million and one actors with great talent in Hollywood today and James McAvoy (date of birth: 21 April 1979) is one on that list. He is a handsome Scottish actor that grew up with no family history in the film world. It would interest you to know that McAvoy actually considered being a priest because he felt then that missionary work would enable explore the world. Good thing he reconsidered anyways else we might not be reading about him today.
McAvoy is now a huge success both in the British and the American movie world. He said in an interview some years back that “family is really important to me”. Did you wonder who James was referring to? What do you know about the other McAvoys?
James McAvoy, Sr (father)
Year of Birth: 1958
Apparently, James was named after his father being the first son. We see him frequently on the tabloids with news of his cocaine-related arrests and other drug issues.
Things were good between father and son until the divorce with Elizabeth, James Jr’s mum. After the divorce, McAvoy continued to hope that his parents might come back together until his dad re-married. We guess this was really disheartening for him leading to a dislike for the new wife and everything about his dad from that moment on.
Since James’ childhood till date, he has not been on good terms with his dad and half brother. The older James is tired of this 21 year estrangement and is really hopeful that his son would have a change of mind. McAvoy is a bus-driver-turned-builder.
Elizabeth McAvoy (mother)
Date of Birth: Unknown
Psychiatric nurse Liz is the mother of James and his sister Joy. Other than the career success of her kids, there is not so much going on with her, family wise. Another reason why she sent her then little children off to her parents was because of her failing health. While they were at her parents, she stayed with them every now and then.
Joy McAvoy (sister, born to James McAvoy Sr and Elizabeth McAvoy)
Born: August 1982
After her parents’ divorce, Joy moved together with her brother James to their maternal grandparents. She is now a singer and an actress and has acted alongside her brother James on Filth (2013). In this movie James’s character had to threaten/sexually harass his sister’s character. This was according to McAvoy, the most uneasy moment of his career.
James played the role of an encourager to his little sister Joy and has been an inspiration all through her growth in the industry.
Donald McAvoy (half-brother, born to James McAvoy, Sr and Mary McKinnon)
Year of Birth: 1989
What do we call both Donald and James if not brothers? This is just a figure-head title because they live in two separate worlds. Who knows if they’ve ever seen each other? Donald is the child of the other wife and this infuriates James. There is a distance of several miles between McAvoy and his violent alcoholic half-brother. Who blames him for this anyways? Donald is one hell of a maniac.
Anne-Marie Duff (wife, married since 2006)
Date of Birth: October 8, 1970
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Actress Anne-Marie was a co-cast in the British comedy Shameless (2004-2013). Her character was the love interest of McAvoy; little did we know that more than just her character, her real persona was a love interest for James. They had a very quiet and “un-celebrity-like” wedding because they chose to take a break from the fast celebrity life.
The couple have an adorable son together but in May of 2016, McAvoy and Duff got separated.
Brendan McAvoy (son, born to James McAvoy Jr and Anne-Marie Duff)
Date of Birth: June 5, 2010
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Brendan is the fortunate child of the McAvoy celebrity duo. On a good day, his parents live a modest life so we were not surprised with their decision to keep him out of the spotlight. Maybe just for now though.