On behalf of the site and the fans, I would like to wish James McAvoy a very happy 36th birthday today. I hope he has a fantastic day with his loved ones, and we all look forward to seeing his projects in the upcoming year.
The Olivier Awards are currently taking place in London, and James McAvoy hit the red carpet with his wife Ann-Marie Duff, as James was nominated for the Best Actor award for his role in “The Ruling Class” whilst Ann-Marie was set to present. Unfortunately James did not win the award (congratulations to Mark Strong who won for his role in “A View From The Bridge”), but having seen him perform in “The Ruling Class” this week, I can vouch for it being one of the most extraordinary performances I’ve seen – and possibly better than his turn in “Macbeth” in 2013! The first few pictures from the red carpet are currently being uploaded to the gallery, with more on the way shortly.
X-Men star James McAvoy has pledged £125,000 to help aspiring actors follow in his footsteps.
The BAFTA-winning actor is funding a 10-year scholarship programme at his former drama school, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS).
The fund will help those aged 25 and under who would otherwise be unable to afford tuition at the school.
McAvoy, who graduated from RCS in 2000, said he wanted to help young people achieve their potential.
“There are few opportunities for young people to engage in performing arts,” he said.
“I see tons of young people who are vastly intelligent but because they have this ingrained humility; it gets in the way of them expressing themselves and showing how brilliant they are.
“Drama breaks through barriers and it can give people the tools to walk into a room and express themselves.
“I really believe in that; it’s why I believe drama should be taught in our state schools from an early age and it’s why I am delighted to be part of creating the opportunity for young Scots to help them realise their potential through drama at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.”
McAvoy said his time at the academy in Glasgow had a “profound effect” on his life. He went on to win acclaim for roles in films such as Atonement, The Last King Of Scotland and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
He added: “I had that opportunity and I want the same for other young people out there who may not have even considered going to college or any other kind of higher education.
“I would say to any young person thinking about drama, ‘Go for it, do it, don’t be worried about what people are going to say’.
“I come from a place where nobody had done anything like it and it worked out pretty good.”
Doctor Who star David Tennant, Tom Conti, Alan Cumming and Robert Carlyle are all former students of RCS, formerly known as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD).
RCS principal Jeffrey Sharkey said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have James McAvoy enable and inspire young people to be part of the Royal Conservatoire.
“I have no doubt of the profound and long-term impact his incredible support will have on individuals, their families and their communities.”
Applications to the James McAvoy Drama Scholarship fund will open in mid-May, with applicants having to demonstrate that financial cost is the main barrier to their accessing pre-higher education drama training at RCS.
The Jameson Empire Awards 2015 are currently taking place in London – watch the live stream here – and James McAvoy has just been on stage to collect the award for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, which went to “X-Men: Days Of Future Past”. The first few images are now up in the gallery (along with pictures of James from the Olivier Nominees Photocall on March 09), with plenty more images being added as they appear!
The list of nominees were announced today for the 2015 Olivier Awards, and James McAvoy not only helped to announce the finalist, but was also shortlisted. He is nominated for Best Actor for his role in “The Ruling Class”, so congratulations to him.
Richard Armitage for The Crucible at Old Vic
James McAvoy for The Ruling Class at Trafalgar Studio 1
Tim Pigott-Smith for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre & Wyndham’s Theatre
Mark Strong for A View From The Bridge at Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre
The 2015 Olivier Awards will take place on Sunday April 12 at the Royal Opera House, with highlights shown on ITV later that night.
Lesley Manville and James McAvoy will reveal the lucky actors, productions and creatives competing for London theatre’s most sought-after prizes when they announce the nominations for this year’s Olivier Awards with MasterCard next Monday.
The acclaimed stage and screen actors, who follow in the footsteps of 2014 Nominations Announcement hosts Nigel Harman and Leigh Zimmerman, will oversee proceedings as the announcement is streamed live from Rosewood London on 9 March at 12:00.
Manville took home the Best Actress Award at last year’s star-studded ceremony after wowing audiences with her stunning portrayal of Helene Alving in Richard Eyre’s three-time Olivier Award-winning production of Ghosts.
X-Men star McAvoy, who is currently starring in The Ruling Class at the Trafalgar Studios, was nominated for the Best Actor prize in 2013 following his performance in Macbeth at the Trafalgar Studios.
The nominations announcement will cover all of the prestigious categories including the This Morning Audience Award, for which the theatregoing public have until midday on Thursday to vote for their favourite long-running production.
Theatre fans around the world can watch the announcement as it happens on the Olivier Awards website, but we’ll also be keeping you up to date on Twitter, where in addition to revealing the highly anticipated nominees we’ll also be posting all the best backstage moments from the event.
The most illustrious of all theatre awards ceremonies, the Olivier Awards with MasterCard will take place at London’s iconic Royal Opera House on 12 April, where next week’s nominees will join star-studded guests for the glorious celebration of London theatre.
Earlier this evening, James McAvoy and wife Anne-Marie Duff hit the red carpet at the EE British Academy Film Awards. The first few HQ images have been added, with hopefully more on the way.
Update: An additional 121 high-quality images have now been added to the gallery!
For the first time ever, this year’s 30-page portfolio—featuring no fewer than 44 Blighty icons, from Eddie Redmayne to Dame Judi Dench—comes accompanied by a short film, directed by Bell and viewable right here on VF.com. The film, told in three parts, depicts the Brits “Preparing for War”, then “Coming to America” to infiltrate the film industry. Given the number of British actors nominated for Academy Awards this year, the title of the third film should come as no surprise: “Victory Is Assured.”
The gallery has just been updated with 471 Blu-Ray screen captures of James McAvoy from “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her”, the final film from our “Eleanor Rigby” trilogy. This version of the film is from Eleanor’s perspective, so there are fewer scenes that include James, though again there are also alternative and re-imagined scenes which you can’t find in “Them” or “Him”.
The gala performance of “The Ruling Class” took place in London this week (Jan. 28), and we now have HQ images in the gallery from the after party. The show itself is generating very good reviews; I can’t wait to see it!