William James Nesbitt, aka James Nesbitt, is an English Actor. James Nesbitt was born on 15 January, 1965 in Northern Ireland to May Nesbitt and James “Jim” Nesbitt. His father was the head of a children’s school and his mother was a part of the civil service. He has three sisters- Margaret, Kathryn, and Andrea. When James was 11 years old, they moved from Broughshane and settled in Coleraine, a town in Northern Ireland. He completed his primary schooling at Blagh Primary School and then went to Coleraine Academical Institution (CAI) for further studies. He wanted to pursue a career in teaching like his father, but later his interest in acting began because of his teacher Robert Simpson.
At 13, he embarked his theatrical journey working as an apprentice in Riverside Theatre. When he was 15 years old, he got his first paid assignment at Barry’s Amusements, a theme park situated in Northern Island. He then dropped out of French program to pursue his career in acting and applied for admission to the Central School of Speech and Drama, London. He completed his graduation from Central School of Speech and Drama in the year 1987. After completing his graduation, he spent seven years acting in plays of different kind of genres. He met Sonia Forbes-Adam while performing a world trip of Hamlet in 1989, and they tied the knots in 1994. They have two daughters- Peggy and Mary. He rose to the pinnacle of fame with the movie, “Hear My Song” (1991), where he played the role of Fintan O’Donnell. He then featured in a popular TV series, “Cold Feet” (1998-2003), where he played the role of Adam Williams. This show bagged him several awards such as National Television Award, British Comedy Award, and Television and Radio Industries Club Award.
After that, he never looked back and has acted in a multitude of movies and TV series since then. He has prominent roles in the films like
Outcast, Lucky Break, Five Minutes of Heaven, and The Hobbit (film series). He also played lead characters in various famous TV shows like Murphy’s Law, Bloody Sunday, and Wall of Silence. These roles gained him huge recognition and respect of people all over the globe. He also won numerous awards for his acting. He split from his wife in 2013 because of some relevant differences between the two. When they called off their marriage, it was also reported that James Nesbitt was supposedly cheating on his wife, Sonia. He has been an active supporter of some charities and also an ambassador of UNICEF UK since 2005. He is mad about football and is a big admirer of soccer teams like Manchester United and Coleraine. He also helped Coleraine financially by donating enormous amounts of money to the team. At the University of Ulster, he was also honored with the ceremonial position of Chancellor. He is also a major sponsor of various theatre schools, and Youth Lyric is one of them. He extensively contributed to the field of Drama in Northern Island and hence was chosen Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2016. He possesses every bit of talent and dramatic skills one need to be a successful actor.
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Born in Country Antrim, Northern Ireland, James Nesbitt is an actor and an anchor. This celebrity’s childhood was spent mostly around women, and he was the kind of child who wanted to play football for Manchester United. At the age of eleven, his family moved to County Londonderry. At the tender age of thirteen, his parents took him to try out for the play, “Oliver!” where he sang “
Bohemian Rhapsody” and acquired the role of Artful Dodger. At the age of 18, he began to earn a gradation in French at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown. However, he quit and enlisted at the Central School of Speech and Drama. At the age of twenty-two, he graduated from it and expanded seven years in performing in different plays like, “Up on the Roof”, “Paddywack” etc.
In the feature film, “Hear my Song”, he played the role of a talent agent named, Fintan O’Donnell, which was a debut for him of sorts in the film industry. One of the outstanding performances in his life has to be in the romantic comedy-drama, “Cold Feet” (1998-2003), for which he has even received several awards like, “British Comedy Award”, “National Television Award” etc. In “Walking Ned”, he became a pig farmer, which was his first noteworthy film. In the next movie called, “Lucky Break,” he played the lead role and then during the course of the next year, played the role of Ivan Cooper in “Bloody Sunday,” which was about the 1972 bombardments in Derry. For this movie, he James won the “British Independent Film Award”.
Further, Colin Bateman specially created a role for him in, “Murphy’s Law” (2001-2007), where he became the undercover detective, Tommy Murphy. In the year 2007, he was featured in a double role of Mr. Hyde and Tom Jackman in, “Jekyll” for which he won a “Golden Globe Award” nomination. Also, he starred opposite
Liam Neeson in “Five Minutes of Heaven” in the year 2009. Some of the other movies in which he has been cast are, “The Hobbit”, “Outcast”, and “
The Way” etc. He is wedded to former actress, Sonia Forbes-Adam and he has two daughters with her. As a philanthropist, he is a strong supporter of charity work. For instance, he is a benefactor of the “Wave”, which supports those disturbed by “The Troubles”. Moreover, he has been a UNICEF UK ambassador, striving with HIV and AIDS casualties and children in Africa who used to be soldiers once upon a time.