James McAvoy (Lord Asriel Belacqua)
To be completely honest, I don’t think I could ever picture another person more perfect to play Lyra’s father, Lord Asriel Belacqua, than James McAvoy in His Dark Materials. The actor has been prominent in both film and TV for some time now, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve seen him before.
For just a sampling of all the films James McAvoy has starred in, he’s had roles in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, played Charles Xavier in the X-Men series, did voice work with films like Gnomeo and Juliet and the classic Christmas film, Arthur Christmas, had the lead role in the thriller film, Split, which he reprised later in Glass, and has had several other roles.
In terms of TV, he’s also been in plenty shows as well, including a role in the British version of Shameless, State of Play, Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune, Watership Down, and more.