ACTOR'S PAIN James McAvoy heartbroken after his mum dies, aged 59, in Glasgow council flat he grew up in

Liz Johnstone, 59, battled poor health for years and passed away in the star's childhood home, which they shared with his sister Joy, 35

03 February 2018 - 09:39

JAMES McAvoy is heartbroken after his mum died aged 59 in the council flat he grew up in.

Liz Johnstone, 59, battled poor health for years and passed away in the star's childhood home, which they shared with his sister Joy, 35.

James McAvoy with mum Liz who has passed away in her Glasgow flat

The family were reportedly close despite his loved-ones shunning the Hollywood limelight.

Liz, a psychiatric nurse, was estranged from James's dad, James McAvoy Snr, who worked as a roofer.

James, star of X-Men, Filth and the Last King of Scotland, regularly visited his family in the tough Scottish neighbourhood of Drumchapel.

A local source told Daily Record: “Liz had health troubles and faced up to them as well as possible but it meant she really kept herself to herself.

“She had no desire to change her life on the back of his fame. She wished to stay in Drumchapel and that’s what she did.

 The Split actor remained close with his family, despite them shunning the Hollywood limelight
 
The Split actor remained close with his family, despite them shunning the Hollywood limelight
 The Glasgow flat where Liz Johnstone reportedly died
 
The Glasgow flat where Liz Johnstone reportedly died
 James with his mum and ex-wife, Anne Marie Duff. The X-Man star could often be seen returning to the council estate where he grew up
 
James with his mum and ex-wife, Anne Marie Duff. The X-Man star could often be seen returning to the council estate where he grew up

“She never ever held any airs and graces about James and Joy being on TV or in movies and she would play it down. But she was very proud of them both.

The source added: “Her parents have always been just the same and never wanted any fuss.

“They were proud of their grandchildren as any other grandparents would be

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“They are extremely nice and down to earth people and that probably helped keep James fairly grounded despite his big success.”

Joy starred alongside brother in 2013 movie Filth.

James had his big breakthrough in Channel 4 hit Shameless.

In 2016 he split with wife Anne Marie Duff, but stayed together in their £1.9million north London house with their son, Brendan.

A Police Scotland statement said: “Around 5.30pm on the 18th of January, the body of a 59-year-old woman was found in a property.

“The death is being treated as non-suspicious.”

Last year, James transformed his physique by eating 6,000 calories a day and hitting the gym as he bulked up for psychological thriller, Split.

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