Anne-Marie Duff and James McAvoy Welcomed a Son Together — inside His Personal Life

Oyin Balogun
Apr 11, 2021
09:40 A.M.
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Hollywood stars James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff were together for a long time before their divorce in 2016. Although the pair are no longer together, they have a cordial relationship on co-parenting their child. 


"X-Men" icon James McAvoy's love life was recently linked with fellow star Lisa Liberati, and reports show that the pair have been dating and living together since 2017.

This comes a year after he and his long-time wife and fellow actor, Anne-Marie Duff, ended their marriage. The pair were together for a decade and had a son. Here's a look into James McAvoy's life away from the big screen.

Anne-Marie Duff (L) and James McAvoy attend an after party following the Gala Performance of "The Ruling Class" at The Bankside Vaults on January 28, 2015 | Photo: Getty Images



Anne-Marie Duff is a thriving actor carving a niche in the movie industry like her husband. The London native has come a long way in building her acting resume with poise and expertise.

But it would be surprising to know that Duff had impostor syndrome. The star once shared that she would often get jittery when she remembered her humble beginnings, but she got used to being a famous person with time. 

The award-winning actress stated her most embarrassing moment, recalling when Prince Charles had a conversation with her. She and James had been at a movie premiere when Charles asked if they still saw each other. She replied, "We see each other in bed." 


Anne-Marie Duff attends the 65th Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the London Coliseum on November 24, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images


Duff,50, and James met on the set of 2011's drama series, "Shameless," and hit it off right from the start. In 2006, Duff and James tied the knot and forged on with their successful careers. 


Once speaking about marriage and her job, Duff explained that her success as an actress was not always the subject in chats or interviews.

Rather, people want to know about her life as a wife. She shared that it was a double-standard to constantly be asked about how she juggles family life with work. 

Anne-Marie Duff attends the press night after party for "Sweet Charity" at The h Club on April 17, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images



However, this did not negate the fact that Duff found a balance between work and family life. In 2010, the star and her then-husband walked hand-in-hand to the London Evening Standard British Film Awards.

As of 2019, James McAvoy brewed romance rumors as he was said to have secretly married his present partner, Lisa Liberati.

The star had bagged the best actress gong, and while she flaunted her milestone, she also showed off her growing baby bump. During the event, she shared sweet words honoring her spouse. 

Anne-Marie Duff attends The Olivier Awards with Mastercard at Royal Albert Hall on April 8, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images



James showed that he was as invested in parenthood as the mother of his child in the same year after he ditched a multi-million-pound deal to be by his wife's side towards her third trimester. 

He and his former wife welcomed their son, Brendan McAvoy, in 2010 and pretty much kept details of his birth under wraps. Once when asked about his child, the actor declined from speaking about him, making it known that he preferred privacy.  

James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff at the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 8, 2015 | Photo: Getty Images



Duff and James announced their divorce via a joint statement to Us Magazine stating that it was a mutual agreement. The couple demanded privacy from the public as they moved on with the divorce proceedings. The statement read:

"It is with tremendous sadness that we have come to the decision to divorce. We enter this next phase with continued friendship, love…"

Anne-Marie Duff and James McAvoy at the 60th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards at London Palladium on November 30, 2014 | Photo: Getty Images



While he and Duff were married, the "Glass" actor maintained a high level of privacy, and the same energy level continued during the divorce period. However, he broke his own rule once.

At the time, James decided to let go about how his life had changed following the divorce announcement. He mentioned that there had been a massive difference. He added that one positive change was that he cut back on his intake of whiskey. 

James McAvoy at the European Premiere of "IT Chapter Two" at The Vaults Waterloo on September 02, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

As of 2019, James McAvoy brewed romance rumors as he was said to have secretly married his present partner, Lisa Liberati. A wedding band was sighted on her ring finger, and James also once referred to her as his wife. However, neither confirmed their marital status.