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James Nesbitt

James Nesbitt is an actor, presenter and comedian from Northern Ireland. Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Nesbitt grew up in the nearby village of Broughshane, before moving to Coleraine,County Londonderry. He wanted to become a teacher like his father, so he began a degree in French at the University of Ulster. He dropped out after a year when he decided to become an actor, and transferred to theCentral School of Speech and Drama in London. After graduating in 1987, he spent seven years performing in plays that varied from the musical Up on the Roof (1987, 1989) to the political drama Paddywack (1994). He made his feature film debut playing talent agent Fintan O'Donnell in Hear My Song (1991).

Nesbitt got his breakthrough television role playing Adam Williams in the romantic comedy-drama Cold Feet (1998–2003), which won him a British Comedy Award, a Television and Radio Industries Club Award, and aNational Television Award. His first significant film role came when he appeared as pig farmer "Pig" Finn in Waking Ned (1998). With the rest of the starring cast, Nesbitt was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. InLucky Break (2001), he made his debut as a film lead, playing prisoner Jimmy Hands. The next year, he played Ivan Cooper in the television film Bloody Sunday, about the 1972 shootings in Derry. A departure from his previous "cheeky chappie" roles, the film was a turning point in his career. He won a British Independent Film Award and was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor.

Nesbitt has also starred in Murphy's Law (2001–2007) as undercover detective Tommy Murphy, in a role that was created for him by writer Colin Bateman. The role twice gained Nesbitt Best Actor nominations at the Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA). In 2007, he starred in the dual role of Tom Jackman and Mr Hyde in Steven Moffat's Jekyll, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination in 2008. Nesbitt has since appeared in several more dramatic roles; he starred alongside Liam Neeson in Five Minutes of Heaven (2009), and was one of three lead actors in the television miniseries Occupation (2009). He also starred in the movies Outcast(2010) and The Way (2010). He portrayed Bofur in Peter Jackson's three-part film adaptation of The Hobbit (2012-2014).

Nesbitt is married to former actress Sonia Forbes-Adam, with whom he has two daughters. He is an advocate of numerous charities, and in 2010 he accepted the ceremonial position of Chancellor of the University of Ulster.

Known For


Cast Credits

Suspect (2022)
Starring as Danny Frater (8 episodes)
  • Episode 1x08: Danny (Jun 22, 2022)
  • Episode 1x07: Susannah (Jun 22, 2022)
  • Episode 1x06: Harry (Jun 21, 2022)
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The John Bishop Show (2022)
Guest starring as James Nesbitt
Stay Close (2021)
Starring as DS Michael Broome (8 episodes)
Bloodlands (2021)
Starring as DCI Tom Brannick (10 episodes)
James Nesbitt: Disasters That Changed Britain (2018)
Starring as Presenter (6 episodes)
The Secret (2016)
Starring as Colin Howell
Stan Lee's Lucky Man (2016)
Starring as Harry Clayton (28 episodes)
The Missing (2014)
Starring as Tony Hughes (8 episodes)
Good Morning Britain (2014)
Guest starring as James Nesbitt
  • Episode 2021-12-09: 09/12/21 (Dec 9, 2021)
Babylon (2014)
Starring as Chief Constable Richard Miller (6 episodes)
James Nesbitt's Ireland (2013)
Starring as Host (8 episodes)
Alan Carr's Specstacular (2011)
Guest starring as James Nesbitt
Monroe (2011)
Starring as Gabriel Monroe
The Deep (2010)
Starring as Clem Donnelly (5 episodes)
Occupation (2009)
Starring as Mike Swift (3 episodes)
Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009)
Guest starring as James Nesbitt
Chris Moyles' Quiz Night (2009)
Guest starring as James Nesbitt
Midnight Man (2008)
Starring as Max Raban
Fairy Tales (2008)
Guest starring as Hans M. Prince
Jekyll (2007)
Starring as Tom Jackman / Mr. Hyde (6 episodes)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)
Guest starring as James Nesbitt (2 episodes)
The One Show (2006)
Guest starring as James Nesbitt (6 episodes)
  • Episode 2021-08-31: 31/08/2021 (Aug 31, 2021)
  • Episode 2019-01-16: 16/01/2019 (Jan 16, 2019)
  • Episode 2017-09-08: 08/09/2017 (Sep 8, 2017)
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Soccer Aid (2006)
Guest starring as James Nesbitt
Parkinson (2004)
Guest starring as James Nesbitt
Passer By (2004)
Starring as Joe Keyes (2 episodes)
  • Episode 1x02: Part 2 (Mar 29, 2004)
  • Episode 1x01: Part 1 (Mar 28, 2004)
Canterbury Tales (2003)
Starring as Nick
Guest starring as Nick Zakian
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2002)
Guest starring as Guest Announcer
Murphy's Law (2001)
Starring as Tommy Murphy (23 episodes)
Cold Feet (1998)
Starring as Adam Williams (59 episodes)
Playing the Field (1998)
Starring as John Dolan
Never Mind the Buzzcocks (1996)
Guest starring as James Nesbitt
The Frank Skinner Show (1995)
Guest starring as James Nesbitt
This Morning (1988)
Guest starring as James Nesbitt
Lovejoy (1986)
Guest starring as Jerry Boyle
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