James Nesbitt

James Nesbitt ( born January 15, 1965 in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland ) is a British actor.


Childhood and education

James Nesbitt was born on 15 January 1965 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. His father, James "Jim" Nesbitt was headmaster of a primary school in Broughshane, his mother May was official. Jim and May already had three daughters, Margaret, Kathryn and Andrea. He wanted his father to be a teacher footballer at Manchester United or as originally. When Nesbitt was eleven years old, the family moved to Coleraine, County Londonderry, where he had first appearances as an actor and later joined Equity, the British actors union.

At 18 he began to study French at the University of Ulster, but abandoned his studies after one year. On the advice of his father he moved to London to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama drama and graduated in 1987.

Acting Career

The British comedy series Cold Feet was his breakthrough in the UK. He won for the role, among others, a 2000 British Comedy Award for " Best TV Comedy Actor" and 2003 the UK's National Television Award for " Most Popular Comedy Performance." The series ran from 1997 to 2003.

Then the television film Bloody Sunday, which was also broadcast in Germany and for which he won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale 2002, and a British Independent Film Award followed.

His dual role of Jekyll and Hyde in the British series Jekyll earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination in 2008. In the same year he played in the religious drama series The Passion of Christ, the role of Pontius Pilate.

In 2009, he starred in Oliver Hirschbiegel's TV film Five Minutes of Heaven alongside Liam Neeson the lead role of Joe Griffin. In Peter Jackson's film adaptation of Tolkien 's novel The Hobbit Nesbitt set at the time the dwarf Bofur.


Nesbitt was married from 1994 to 2013 with Sonia Forbes -Adam. The two met in 1989 during a performance of Hamlet at Loughborough Hall know. The couple have two daughters.

2010 Nesbitt has been appointed as the new chancellor of the University of Ulster. He is also a self-confessed football fan and supporter of the clubs Coleraine FC and Manchester United.

Filmography (selection)