Updated: Mar 8
Birthday: 15th January
James Nesbitt is an actor and television presenter from Northern Ireland.
From 1987, Nesbitt spent seven years performing in plays that varied from the musical Up on the Roof (1987, 1989) to the political drama Paddywack (1994). He got his breakthrough television role playing Adam Williams in the romantic comedy-drama series Cold Feet (1997–2003, 2016–present), which won him a British Comedy Award, a Television and Radio Industries Club Award, and a National Television Award.
Nesbitt's first significant film role came when he appeared as pig farmer "Pig" Finn in Waking Ned (1998). With the rest of the starring cast, he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. In Lucky 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.
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. He also starred in The Way (2010) and he portrayed Bofur in The Hobbit film series (2012–2014). In 2014, Nesbitt starred as Tony Hughes in the acclaimed BBC One drama series The Missing.
BAFTA AWARD NOMRINATIONS: 2
2015 - Best TV Actor: THE MISSING
2003 - Best TV Actor: BLOODY SUNDAY
GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS: 1
2008 - Best TV Actor: JEKYLL
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WATCH JAMES NESBITT THIS WEEK
FILM: Millions (2004) (Age 12A)
Tuesday 9th March, Sky Cinema Family, 5:15pm
Nesbitt is the father of two boys who find a bag of money in this wonderful family comedy drama.
FILM: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2011) (Age 12A)
Saturday 6th March, Channel 4, 6:45pm
Nesbitt plays the dwarf Bofur in this adventure yarn. First of the trilogy.
Bloodlands (Age 15)
Sunday 7th March, BBC1, 9:00pm
Nesbitt is the lead in this gritty BBC drama also on iPlayer.
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FILMS: The Hobbit Trilogy (2012-2014) (12A)
Nesbitt appears as the dwarf Bofur in all three of these epic adventure movies.
FILM: The Way (2010) (12A)
Nesbitt appears in this adventure drama about a bereaved father on a pilgrimage.
The Missing (Age 15)
It's a tough watch, but James Nesbitt is excellent in this drama about a father looking for his missing child. Not for kids!
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