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SCOTTISH MEDIA NEWSPAPERS - July 2000

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Scottish Media Newspapers, Evening Times, July 24, 2000

James McAvoy (21) from Drumchapel will be appearing alongside 'Friends' star David Schwimmer in 'Band of Brothers' which will be directed by Tom Hanks.

The off-shoot series, which is based on Stephen Spielberg's Oscar-winning film Saving Private Ryan is currently being filmed by Spielberg's production company Dreamworks. James, who only graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama last week, already has a hectic schedule.

He will finish filming his part in the BBC costume drama, 'Lorna Doone' in the Welsh valleys and then jet off to the States to play the part of Scots soldier James Millar.

It's a dream role for the down-to-earth young man who was living with his grandparents at their home in Drumchapel and doing part-time jobs to support himself while studying at the RSAMD.

"It's great running around, jumping out of planes and tanks and playing soldiers, but James Millar was a real guy and the series deals with a really serious subject which cost thousands of people their lives," he said.

Now he's been taken on to the books of a top London agency and he is living with two friends in a trendy London bachelor pad.

James landed his first role at the tender age of 16 when he won a part in David Hayman's film The Near Room.

"I was very young at the time and that was what really gave me a taste for acting," he added.

"I turned 18 and I had to choose between university and drama school."

Acting was James' first choice, and it's a decision he has never regretted.

He said: "Doing the Near Room was great because it gave me a bit of experience - I would go up for auditions and because I had worked before it gave me that edge.

"Three years is a long time to spend studying, although I've been working during that time too.

"I've being doing theatre jobs, but it is really good to be finally finished.

"I want to do good work, whether it is film, TV or theatre but most of all I just want to work."

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