James McAvoy confirms that he quietly married Lisa Liberati, his girlfriend of six years

The timeline on James McAvoy’s relationship with Lisa Liberati was always a little bit confusing. James and Anne-Marie Duff got married in 2006 and announced their split in the spring of 2019. And yet… he was reportedly seeing Lisa Liberati as early as 2016, when they met as they were working on Split in Philadelphia. It’s possible that James and Anne-Marie were separated quietly for years before they announced anything, but there definitely seemed like there was overlap between his marriage and his courtship with Lisa. Back in 2019, there were rumors of a quiet, secret wedding between James and Lisa. Neither confirmed anything… until now. James told the Guardian that he is married and he’s something of an honorary Philadelphian.

James McAvoy has revealed he secretly married American partner Lisa Liberati. The Scottish actor, 42, was rumoured to have wed the personal assistant, 42, in 2019 just a year after meeting – but refused to address the speculation. However, the Atonement star quietly confirmed the news this week – although refused to give any further details.

James was reflecting on his identity with the Guardian newspaper, and the publication noted of him and Lisa: ‘They began a relationship a couple of years later and, he confirms, recently got married.’

As Lisa hails from Philadelphia, James was asked if he is now an honorary Philadelphian and told the newspaper: ‘Yeah, it’s like a second home for me.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Philadelphia can now claim James McAvoy as their adopted son. Gritty will be so proud. As for the marriage… James is a private guy and simply “not talking about it” has helped his image so much. He usually doesn’t engage with questions about his relationships in general. I guess I’m happy for him. I would be happier if he was married to me, but sure. Congrats to them, congrats to Philadelphia and congrats to Gritty.

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  1. Normades says:

    Confirming wedding because baby on the way?

    I remember that drama. I’d like to think they were separated but timeline was always sketchy. Also something about a Halloween party and her dressing up as Snow White and him saying via Twitter that Snow White was his favorite Disney Princess……

  2. Kiera says:

    Am I imagining a story about him having a brief thing with the actress who played storm in the most recent X-Men movies? I feel like I remember that being a weird blip.

  3. Jayne says:

    I will appreciate that they’re the same age and leave it at that. 😀

  4. Alexandria says:

    2016 timeline makes sense because according to one conspiracy theory the world shifted into an alternate universe in 2016. That’s why everything is shit and crazy now, including UK collectively going insane about Harry and Meghan. Anyway that’s the theory 😅

    Congrats to him. I won’t marry him but I’ll date him for a night if he was single 😃

    • North of Boston says:

      There ARE plenty of indications out there that we are in fact in The Darkest Timeline. So those conspiracy theorists may be on to something

  5. Silver Charm says:

    Was she *his* personal assistant on Split or *a* personal assistant?

  6. Div says:

    I sort of buy the rumor that he and Anne Marie were separated or having issues for a while. I remember when the rumors came out about him and some X men star (which…I didn’t buy…as I think they were from CDAN or some BS place like that) people said that it seemed (granted, assumptions and all) that he and Anne Marie were basically living apart as they would be photographed in different places, etc.

    Anyway, well, at least they are the same age.

    • BookReader says:

      I want to give him the benefit of the doubt since he is such a private guy. It took my ex-husband 2 years to start divorce proceedings. After that, it took a year to work everything out and wait for the day we were legally divorced. The court papers become public at that point (which matters more for celebrities than someone like me). I was well established in my new relationship by the time I was finally divorced without any actual overlap between two romantic relationships.

  7. Itsjustblanche says:

    He’s ridiculously attractive and she’s age appropriate. The latter brings me joy. Actually both do.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      He is ridiculously handsome, isn’t he? Add the accent and you are willing to start stripping off your clothes in public.

      As for the storyline who knows. Only him and his ex know the truth. Actually there are 3 versions, his version, her version and the truth. Good for him marrying someone age appropriate though.

      • Driver8 says:

        I would give my life savings for a night with him. He is my forever celeb fantasy bang, lol

    • Snappyfish says:

      I have always liked him. Best to him always. I agree with Kaiser as I would rather he be married to me.

    • tealily says:

      Yes, always loved him, and loved him with Anne-Marie Duff. I’m still having trouble getting over that split, personally.

  8. girl_ninja says:

    I adore him, he is one of my most favorite actors and he his so charming and hot as hell.

    If you have the time check out his speech to Roxanne as Cyrano for The National Theater.


  9. girl_ninja says:

    I’m seeing a lot of age appropriate comments and I do understand them to a degree. But sometimes that is a blanket that tossed on many situations. I dated a man 10 years older than me when I was 30 years old and I was not uncomfortable at all. A couple of years also dated a man 15 years younger than me. I am over 45, and while I don’t think I would ever date someone that much younger than me again I think it all depends on the people and the situation.

    • Sorry not Sorry says:

      With respect, I think that women often don’t realize they are participating in patriarchal misogyny when they date men that much older, and that it does ultimately hurt women including themselves to participate in these relationships. But, because of youth, it can take years to figure that out.

      • tealily says:

        I don’t think 30 to 40 is a huge age gap (I say as a 40-year-old). I get what you’re saying @Sorry not Sorry, but there’s a difference between calling out “patriarchal misogyny” and calling out a specific individual’s actual relationship.

  10. Sally says:

    Anne-Marie Duff and he didn’t split in 2019, they publicly announced that they were getting a divorce in 2016 and may or may not have been separated before that. He’s also been referring to Lisa as his wife for a while now.

    • Snazzy says:

      Yes I remember him talking about his wife on celebrity Bakeoff last year … but he is just discreet, I guess, which isn’t a bad thing.

    • terra says:

      I was wondering if I’d created that in my head! Thank goodness.

      He and Anne-Marie Duff’s son was quite young when they split – I remember seeing photos of the two exchanging a car seat between them – but it felt sort of like I was losing my mind, so I scrolled the comments until I found this one.

  11. Scal says:

    He’s been wearing wedding ring for over a year now-lots of his zoom press at home you can see it. He called her his mrs during bake-off last year.

    He broke up with his ex in 2015 and announced it in 2016. I don’t think there was overlap.

    • helonearth says:

      Yes, I remember seeing the ring whilst he was on Graham Norton last year (and he is on again tonight). I saw him on stage last year in Cyrano de Bergerac and he was brilliant. Would highly recommend if anyone is in London, as it on now.

  12. Mary says:

    James and Anne-Marie announced their split with a joint statement in 2016 so it’s pretty clear:

    I was devastated at the time! Loved them on the original British Shameless

  13. AppleCart says:

    They are so tiny and adorable!

  14. Trish says:

    Awe are little Hedwig is all grown up.

  15. TeeMajor says:

    He is so attractive to me, I normally don’t go for men under 6ft but for him I would.
    Its something so suave, gentlemanly..that top picture is fire!! he looks like he is strutting.
    Welp, I’m married so that’s a wrap. He and my husband share the same name, that’s it.

    that model guy Gandy , I think his name is (we used to cover him a few yrs back a lot)

    James looks so damn good in that top photo