He later admitted that he was not very interested in acting when joining the film, but was inspired to study acting after developing feelings for his co-star, Alana Brady. McAvoy kept declining them, however, and it was not until six years later that the two worked together. It is one of the highest-rated programmes to be aired on the channel. The well-received six-part British drama serial tells the story of a newspaper's investigation into the death of a young woman and was broadcast on BBC One.
In it, the actor was cast as one of the two principal characters: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. McAvoy starred in the fantasy adventure film made by Andrew Adamson and based on C. It was given a UK release of 9 December. He was directed by David Nicholls , who adapted the film's screenplay from his own book. While the film is based on factual events of Amin's rule, the details of the story and the character McAvoy played are fictional and adapted from Giles Foden 's novel. McAvoy assessed his character to be a "completely selfish prick".
The film received three awards, including the Outstanding British Film of the Year. A romantic war film , it focuses on lovers Cecilia and Robbie's Keira Knightley and McAvoy lives being torn apart after her jealous younger sister, Briony Saoirse Ronan falsely accuses him of rape.
Upon reading the script, McAvoy said he thought "If I don't get the part I'm not reading the book because it'll be devastating. It's an amazing role and I really wanted it. He also shared that he hoped viewers will be left "absolutely devastated and harrowed. Wanted, X-Men and subsequent work[ edit ] His next role saw McAvoy starring with Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman in Wanted , an action film where he portrayed Wesley Gibson, a young American slacker who learns he is heir to a legacy of assassins.
When McAvoy screen-tested for the role, he was initially rejected because the studio was seeking an actor with conventional Hollywood leading-man looks and physique.
He later recalled being considered the "runt of the litter" of those who tested, but ultimately got the role in late since the studio "wanted someone geeky".
McAvoy had never done this type of genre before and thought of Wanted as a chance to be more versatile. It received favourable reviews from the press, who generally liked that it was fast-paced. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In Owen Gleiberman 's assessment of The Conspirator, he found it "stiff-jointed" and tedious, but regarded McAvoy as "an avid presence".
McAvoy did not read comics as a child, but was a fan of the X-Men animated cartoon series. Macbeth was the first performance at the Trafalgar Transformed, running from 9 February until 27 April. It ran at Trafalgar Studios from 16 January to 11 April Night Shyamalan thriller Split as Kevin Wendell Crumb , a dissociative identity disorder sufferer with dangerous capabilities. His performance was praised by critics, with some hailing it as the best of his career.
Dark Phoenix and as Crumb in Glass The film is set to hit theaters in September The couple announced their intention to divorce in May While working on Shameless, McAvoy started a relationship with Anne-Marie Duff , who played his character's love interest, and they married on 11 November in a quiet ceremony.
Though the actor did not read the piece, he heard about it and was unmoved. He had become involved with the charity after shooting The Last King of Scotland there for several months and was shocked by what he saw.