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James Nesbitt (born 15 January 1965) is a Northern Irish actor. Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, 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 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 the Central 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 a National 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. 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.

Nesbitt has also starred in Murphy's Law (2001–2007) as undercover detective Tommy Murphy—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) and The Deep (2010). He also starred in the movies Outcast (2010) and Emilio Estevez's The Way (2011), and has been cast in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit (2012/13).

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

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

James Nesbitt (born 15 January 1965) is a Northern Irish actor. Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, 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 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 the Central 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 a National 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. 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.

Nesbitt has also starred in Murphy's Law (2001–2007) as undercover detective Tommy Murphy—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) and The Deep (2010). He also starred in the movies Outcast (2010) and Emilio Estevez's The Way (2011), and has been cast in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit (2012/13).

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

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Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 62

Birthday 1965-01-15

Place of Birth Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 The Secret
2016 The Secret(4 episodes) as Colin Howell
2016 Stan Lee's Lucky Man(20 episodes) as Harry Clayton
2015 There & Back Again: A Hobbit's Tale Recut as Bofur
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as Bofur
2014 Babylon(7 episodes) as Richard Miller
2014 The Missing(16 episodes) as Tony Hughes
2014 Gold as Frank
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as Bofur
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as Bofur
2011 Monroe(12 episodes) as Gabriel Monroe
2011 Coriolanus as Tribune Sicinius
2010 Outcast as Cathal
2010 The Way as Jack
2010 Matching Jack as Connor
2010 The Deep(5 episodes) as Clem Donnelly
2009 Occupation(4 episodes) as Mike Swift
2009 Occupation as Mike Swift
2009 Chris Moyles' Quiz Night(1 episode)
2009 Cherrybomb as Crilly
2009 Five Minutes of Heaven as Joe Griffin
2008 Blessed as Peter
2008 Midnight Man as Max Raban
2008 Midnight Man(3 episodes) as Max Raban
2008 The Passion as Pilate
2008 The Passion(4 episodes) as Pilate
2008 Fairy Tales(1 episode)
2007 Jekyll as Dr. Tom Jackman
2007 Jekyll(8 episodes) as Dr. Tom Jackman
2007 The Graham Norton Show(1 episode) as Himself
2006 The One Show(2 episodes)
2006 Soccer Aid(1 episode)
2005 Match Point as Detective Banner
2005 Millions as Ronnie
2004 Quite Ugly One Morning as Jack Parlabane
2004 Passer By as Joe Keyes
2004 Wall of Silence
2003 Canterbury Tales(1 episode) as Nick Zakian
2003 The Terry and Gaby Show(1 episode)
2003 Canterbury Tales
2002 Top Gear(2 episodes)
2002 Bloody Sunday as Ivan Cooper
2001 Women Talking Dirty as Stanley
2001 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross(2 episodes)
2001 Murphy's Law(23 episodes) as Thomas Murphy
2001 Lucky Break as James 'Jimmy' Hands
2000 Wild About Harry as Walter Adair
1998 Cold Feet(38 episodes) as Adam Williams
1998 Waking Ned as Pig Finn
1998 Playing the Field(32 episodes)
1998 Resurrection Man as Ryan
1997 Welcome to Sarajevo as Gregg
1996 Ballykissangel(4 episodes)
1996 Ballykissangel(11 episodes) as Leo McGarvey
1996 Jude as Uncle Joe
1995 Go Now as Tony
1995 Soccer AM(1 episode)
1994 Common As Muck(1 episode)
1993 GMTV(2 episodes)
1992 Between the Lines(1 episode)
1991 Hear My Song as Fintan O'Donnell
1986 Lovejoy(1 episode)
1977 The Hollywood Greats(1 episode)

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