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  • He's a darling of the UK acting scene, but on screen he can be anything but.

  • Welcome to WatchMojo UK, and today we'll be counting down the Top 10 James McAvoy Performances.

  • For this list, we'll be taking a look at the finest performances in the career of Scottish

  • actor James McAvoy - including his roles on film, TV and stage.

  • First off, McAvoy plays a station chief gone rogue in this action thriller, starring Charlize

  • Theron.

  • Duplicitous and unhinged, Percival makes for both a vital ally and a bothersome obstacle

  • for Theron's icy MI6 agent, and McAvoy does a fine job of providing some much-needed comic

  • relief whilst still posing a believable threat.

  • Theron may steal the show with her impressive action scenes, but McAvoy is top notch supporting

  • talent.

  • Rom-coms seem a must-have on most British acting CVs, and McAvoy has a few under his

  • belt.

  • This 2006 film, where McAvoy plays a student caught between two women whilst taking part

  • in the game showUniversity Challenge”, is probably the best of the lot.

  • McAvoy proves a good fit for the intelligent and bright-eyed Brian, and his chemistry with

  • both Alice Eve and Rebecca Hall makes this tale of adolescent love sweet

  • and relatable.

  • Before his blockbuster career really took off, McAvoy's first major role was onShameless

  • - playing Fiona Gallagher's boyfriend, McBride.

  • Despite being a car thief, he has more morals than most on the show.

  • His relationship with Fiona is shown to be completely honest, and he's quick to protect

  • her whenever necessary.

  • McAvoy's rising stardom may have contributed to his short-lived time on the show, but he

  • made a massive impact as an original cast member.

  • McAvoy starred in two animated films in 2011, firstGnomeo & Juliet”, and then this

  • fun, festive adventure.

  • As the naive and ever-optimistic youngest son of Santa Claus, McAvoy plays Arthur with

  • childlike enthusiasm, ensuring that his quest to deliver a forgotten present hits exactly

  • the right note.

  • Backed-up by a blinding supporting cast including Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent and imelda Staunton,

  • McAvoy's the driving force behind a modern Christmas classic.

  • Before starring in a another well-known comic book franchise, McAvoy smashed though this

  • over-the-top action film, which is based on Mark Millar's comic book series of the same

  • name.

  • As an unassuming office worker turned assassin, McAvoy convinces as both a down-on-his-luck

  • loser and a badass, ruthless killer.

  • He stands toe-to-toe with Hollywood heavyweights like Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman, for

  • a high-octane adventure and full-on, bullet-curiving entertainment.

  • Though this historical drama ultimately belongs to Forest Whitaker and his Oscar-winning performance

  • as Ugandan leader Idi Amin, McAvoy's role is crucial to the film's success.

  • As a young doctor who finds himself serving as Amin's personal physician, we see through

  • the eyes of McAvoy's Garrigan the horror and madness of the infamous dictator's rule.

  • Carrigan is in a difficult situation between Amin and the British government, and while

  • it's all eyes on Whitaker, our sympathies lie squarely with McAvoy.

  • In this adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel, McAvoy fully lets loose as an unhinged Edinburgh

  • police officer drowning himself in sex and drugs.

  • After so many films playing the straight-laced hero, seeing McAvoy run amok as a foul-mouthed,

  • drug-addicted, brain-addled copper is more than just a change of pace; it's a revelation.

  • Even if the film itself polarised opinion, there's no denying that the actor puts in

  • everything he's got.

  • Considering the dicey reviews given to some M. Night Shyamalan movies, McAvoy may have

  • been taking a risk with this next performance.

  • But his turn as a psychopath with Dissociative Identity Disorder is truly unnerving.

  • Flitting between multiple personalities ranging from innocent to monstrous, McAvoy excels

  • in all of them and constantly keeps the audience on their toes.

  • He manages to balance between being scary and pitiful, retaining high suspense until

  • a truly unexpected ending.

  • Patrick Stewart's Professor X was a tough act to follow, but McAvoy brought a new dimension

  • to the telepathic teacher when he took on the role for the prequel, “X-Men: First

  • Class”.

  • His professor is debonair and charming, filled with a youthful buoyancy, but still with the

  • same noble heart and hopeful outlook as Stewart's character.

  • McAvoy appeared alongside his older self inDays of Future Past”, and he has continued

  • to develop Xavier's back-story - especially his link with Wolverine.

  • McAvoy is well known for taking the romantic lead, butAtonement

  • remains his pinnacle performance.

  • As the lowly housekeeper's son who falls in love with Keira Knightley's Cecilia,

  • McAvoy excels in a role that requires him to be a poster boy for British period romance

  • while also becoming a deconstruction of the archetypal character.

  • His chemistry with Knightley makes the passion and tragedy of this wartime story that much

  • more potent.

  • It's McAvoy at his finest.

He's a darling of the UK acting scene, but on screen he can be anything but.

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