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James McAvoy X-men star, wife file for divorce

James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff, who have been married for close to ten years have set their divorce procedure in motion.

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James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff  made the announcement about their separation, saying the mutual decision to drift apart was reached with "tremendous sadness".

play James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff  (Daily Mail UK)

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The pair, who met while filming TV comedy, 'Shameless' and remained married for close to a decade, said in the statement: "It is with tremendous sadness that we have come to the decision to divorce."

The X-Men star, 37, and his wife, 45, have a son together, Brendan, who was born in 2010.

James McAvoy play James McAvoy

James had once said that he and his wife liked to keep their marriage private and preferred to shun the limelight.

The couple hope the media and fans would respect their privacy following this new development.

"We enter this next phase with continued friendship, love and respect for one another and the shared focus of caring for our son.

"We ask that you respect our privacy and, most importantly, our child’s privacy during this time." the statement read.

The stars married in a quiet ceremony in October 2006.

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