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Overview (4)

Born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, UK
Birth NameWilliam James Nesbitt
Nickname Jimmy
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

James Nesbitt was born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, to May, a civil servant, and James Nesbitt, a primary school headmaster. He was educated at Coleraine Academical Institution (also the school of Brian Campbell & Brian McAlister). He originally planned to be a French teacher. It was not until teacher Robert Simpson encouraged him to take an apprenticeship at the local Riverside Theatre that his interest in acting began, eventually leading him to a drama school in London, and to what has become a highly successful acting career.

James is a lover of football.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Sonia Forbes-Adam (1993 - 2016) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Thick irish accent
Often plays characters with a robust lust for life and drink

Trivia (17)

Good friends with Jerome Flynn, they play soccer together.
Appeared at the CineMagic World Screen Festival for Young People 2002 in Belfast, N.I.
Children: Peggy born 1997 and Mary born 2001.
Met his wife in 1989 whilst performing a world tour of Hamlet (she was understudying Ophelia, he was playing Guildenstern), shortly after leaving their respective drama schools.
A supporter of Manchester United Football Club
His mother-in-law is actress Penelope Munday.
Is an avid supporter of Coleraine Football Club and has donated money to the club.
His sister was the school music teacher of Jayne Wisener.
Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London.
Was offered a major guest part in the David Tennant's First Season of Doctor Who (2005) but was not free.
After starring in Jekyll (2007), written by Doctor Who (2005) writer Steven Moffat, some press reports speculated that he would be the next star of Doctor Who (2005). In a 2008 interview with a British television magazine, Nesbitt dismissed the reports, stating that he didn't think he could follow Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant and he felt that at the age of 43, he would be considered too old for the part anyway.
In March 2010, the University of Ulster appointed James Nesbitt as its first ever Northern Ireland-born Chancellor. He succeeded former London Lord Mayor Sir Richard Nichols in the role.
In 2004, he appeared in advertisements for the Sky 'Premiership season ticket' pay per view offer.
In 2003, he starred in a very amusing series of television commercials for Yellow Pages telephone directories.
His two daughters, Mary and Peggy, both star alongside him (Bofur) in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), playing the two daughters (Tilda and Sigrid) of Luke Evans (Bard).
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to drama and to the community in Northern Ireland.
Of Clan Nesbitt.

Personal Quotes (19)

The thing to remember is that the work comes first, and not to get distracted by anything else. If you keep focused on the work, everything else will fall into place. That's my mantra now.
I've heard some duff Irish accents. The worst must be Mickey Rourke.
I spend my money on holidays and eating out, and it allows me to be generous.
I never forget that I'm extremely fortunate.
I was one of the many kids in Northern Ireland who grew up in the countryside and had an idyllic childhood well away from the Troubles.
I didn't much like Las Vegas. The noise of the place and the whole 24-hour, 'let's play the slot machines all night' culture of the place just left me cold.
I thought I was God's gift to mankind and the greatest Irishman since George Best.
I'm not an actor who is often asked to be in period things.
I'm not strong-willed enough or unkind enough... or maybe simply not wise enough to tell a journalist that a subject is out of bounds.
I'd be a very easy therapist's subject.
Ours was a very progressive Protestant family, but my parents were God-loving rather than God-fearing. We went to church, and I still go with my mum and dad when I return home - it's a family thing. I played flute in my dad's marching band, but I had an integrated upbringing. We had a lot of Catholic friends.
Like the character I played in 'Jekyll', we all have different masks we put on for different occasions. As much as we all want to lead decent lives, we're also attracted by the idea that something dark may lurk within us.
My mother taught me what it is to have a sense of humour; my dad, who was a headmaster, everything you need to know about hard work. My dad is the most decent man you could come across.
It's ridiculous, but it's horrible going bald. Anyone who says it isn't is lying.
Funnily enough, Northern Ireland is a great example of where politics can win over conflict. The decision to down arms and follow a political path would have been unthinkable once. It shows just what is possible.
When I was at drama school, I was totally broke, and a lot of my mates had jobs and were financially very good to me, so if, for example, I take them away on a trip to a football match in Europe, it means that I can pay them back a bit.
I feel old and vulnerable. I now realise that I knew nothing and know nothing, but back when my career was beginning, I thought I was a man when, in fact, I was a dewy-eyed boy who'd not seen an avocado or eaten a tomato.
Several years ago, I began losing my hair, and like a lot of men, it was a major concern to me, in fact it was practically an obsession. But, also I'm an actor, so I'm in the public eye a lot and I really felt that my hair loss could affect my career prospects.
[on Babylon (2014)] It felt like we were almost making a documentary. There's a lot of ultra realistic camera-work. I think the tone is underscored by comic elements - some of the characters are very funny - but it's true to life because as dramatic as the situations are, comedy seeps out thanks to the relationships between all the officers. But we all played it for real, not for laughs.

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