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James and Anne-Marie help launch London film festival

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Shameless duo James McAvoy and his fianceé Anne-Marie Duff were enjoying an altogether more salubrious environment than that portrayed in their hit TV series when they helped get the London Film Festival underway this week.

The couple were attending a screening of James' new flick The Last King Of Scotland, which sees him starring alongside Tinseltown favourites Forest Whitaker and Gillian Anderson.

And the 27-year-old actor, who originally hails from Glasgow, confessed to feeling a little unnerved by all the attention. "I've never been to the festival before so opening it is very special," he said. "If they don't like it, I'll be looking for the back door." Anne-Marie, whose own profile has grown significantly this year thanks to her role as Elizabeth I in the TV drama, was on hand to provide plenty of moral support, however.

In the flick James plays an idealistic young doctor tending to Idi Amin, the Ugandan dictator whose unusual affinity for the British country led him to bestow the title "King Of Scotland" upon himself. And much like his onscreen character, the actor says working in the African country has made a lasting impression on him. "Filming in Uganda affected me personally and I'm going back in January to raise awareness for the work of the Red Cross," he explained. "It was different to any other experience in my life."

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James and Anne-Marie make their entrance at the screening. "I've never been to the festival before so opening it is very special," said the Glaswegian actorPhoto: © EMPICSy
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Forest Whitaker, who has been widely acclaimed for his performance in the title role, arrives with his wife KeishaPhoto: © EMPICS

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