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People Born in Glasgow
Glasgow in People's Lives
James McAvoy: I was born here in 1979, the son of a builder and a psychiatric nurse. I was named after my father, James McAvoy Sr, and brought up conservative Roman Catholic. In 1986, when I was 7 years old, my parents divorced. The ordeal was intense, and deeply affected me. I would later call it in an interview "the family feud that haunts me." Ever since, my father has been estranged from me. Following the divorce, I stayed with my mother, but she suffered from continuing ill health, and so decided to live with my grandparents, who helped raise me. My family lived in a council house with my grandparents, and sometimes my mother, in the Drumchapel area, and I attended a Catholic school in the Jordanhill area. As a young teenager, I considered becoming a Catholic priest, which was mainly an excuse to travel. As a teenager, I worked at a local bakery through high school. I appeared in my acting debut in an amateur film in 1995, when I was 15 years old. Though I was not very interested in acting or the film itself, I was very interested in my co-star, a girl named Alana. That teenage crush was what prompted me to discover a love for acting, and I became a member of the PACE Youth Theatre. In 1997, I attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating around 2001. I began landing larger and larger acting roles, until I was one of the most eminent actors in Scotland. I still live here part time, amidst much travel and acting work.
Keira Knightley: I traveled here in 2004 to film scenes of the movie The Jacket. We filmed in the Bearsden area.
Liam Neeson: I traveled here in 1989 to film scenes of the movie Crossing the Line.
Mary Todd Lincoln: I visited this city with my son Tad in 1869.
Roald Dahl: I came to this city in 1942 to board a ship headed for America, where I was to begin working at the British Embassy.
Vivienne Westwood: I own a store here.