I’ve updated the gallery with photos of James participating in Soccer Aid.
Appearances in 2019 > 16 June – Soccer Aid for Unicef
The Scotsman is reporting that James McAvoy will be playing on the Celtic Legends team for the upcoming Jock Stein 30th Anniversary Charity Match.
The 36-year-old actor will pull on a Celtic jersey for the second time, after appearing in the Maestro match last year, converting a penalty in the process.
The Drumchapel-born star told celticfc.net: “The highlight of the Maestrio game was getting to celebrate scoring a penalty with my mate, Martin Compston.
“Just being on the pitch when all the Celtic fans were going crazy, I never thought that ever would happen.
“It felt like a dream but to do it for real, and to do it to benefit charity, it was something that felt really good and positive.
“I think everyone had a really good time that day, from everyone who spent their money to come and see it, to everyone who ran about – even if they weren’t fit enough to do it.
“The whole experience was just a very positive, brilliant thing and my family and friends were in the stands and it was great to share all of that with them too.”
McAvoy, who grew up watching the likes of Henrik Larsson and Lubo Moravcik, added: “I remember being quite star-struck around John Hartson and Lubo Moravcik, Lubo – along with Henrik Larsson – is one of my all time favourite Celtic players, so to get the opportunity to play with him was absolutely nuts.”
And speaking about the upcoming Jock Stein Charity Match, McAvoy stressed the importance of supporting Celtic ‘in the vein that they were originated’.
He said: “Jock Stein and everything he achieved, it’s part of what has made Celtic a special club, and not just a club that happens to be in a huge city with a vocal support.
“It’s so important to support Celtic in the vein that they were originated, as a charity that reached out to the community and continues to do so through Celtic FC Foundation.
“Although not their entire remit, the Celtic FC Foundation are trying to address issues of poverty and things like that in and around the city.
“As a person, I think that’s hugely important and as a fan, I don’t think you can ever overestimate or overstate what Jock Stein did for the club.”
The Legends squad so far includes ex-Hoops players Stiliyan Petrov, Tosh McKinlay, Hibs boss Alan Stubbs, Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara, Jonathan Gould, Livingston boss Mark Burchill and Tom Boyd. It will be managed by Murdo MacLeod while Martin Compston also returns to take part.
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.
Hollywood actors James McAvoy , and Martin Compston will join One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson as well as Downtown Abbey’s Tom Cullen and comedian Jack Whitehall at a Scots charity football match.
The star fuelled game takes place next Sunday at Celtic Park, and has been organised between the Celtic FC Foundation and the Rio Ferdinand foundation, with proceeds being split between the UNICEF and War Child charities.
Tickets are still available for the Paul McStay’s Maestros Charity Match, sponsored by Flip and Magners, on 0871 226 1888, by visiting the Celtic Ticket Office or the Club’s retail outlets at Argyle Street, Sauchiehall Street, Clydebank, Coatbridge or East Kilbride.