McAvoy pips A-listers to gong for ‘Filth’ showing

The Pursuit
The Pursuit

James McAvoy, star of Peterhead director Jon S. Baird’s ‘Filth’, beat some of Hollywood’s biggest stars to claim the Best Actor gong at the Empire Film Awards.

The 34-year-old garnered critical acclaim for his performance as crooked cop Bruce Robertson in Baird’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel last year.

And last weekend the Glasgow-born actor was crowned Best Actor, ahead of Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Freeman, Tom Hanks and ‘12 Years a Slave’ leading man Chiewetel Ejiofor.

McAvoy, controversially snubbed as the BAFTA Awards, thanked his fans in his acceptance speech.

He said: “You’re faced with a quandary when you’re nominated for an award - do you come up with a speech or not? I’ve opted not, but I love you all. Thanks and get on ye!”

McAvoy was joined by his Peterhead-born director Jon S. Baird at the glitzy ceremony and has much to thank his boss for.

The pair worked closely on ‘Filth’, the most successful adaptation of a Welsh novel since Danny Boyle’s ‘Trainspotting.’

Baird has become one of Buchan’s favourite sons, first with his 2008 biopic ‘Cass’, and then five years down the line and the Edinburgh-based ‘Filth’ raked in a whopping £247,860 in it’s opening weekend in Scotland alone, double the figure for Boyle’s film.

Baird watched McAvoy collect his gong from Kate Beckinsale alongside the likes of Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger as well his sister, his neice and his mother, who still lives in the family home here in Peterhead.