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Born: January 15, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor

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Acclaimed Irish actor James Nesbitt earned a reputation as one of England's finest talents for decades prior to attracting much deserved attention across the Atlantic. After gaining substantial experience on the stages of London and with the occasional screen role in films like "Hear My Song" (BBC, 1991), Nesbitt broke out as one of the leads on the popular romantic comedy series "Cold Feet" (ITV, 1998-2003). More light-hearted turns in such films as "Waking Ned Devine" (1998) eventually gave way to increasingly dramatic fare after the versatile actor impressed audiences and critics with his performance in Paul Greengrass' acclaimed docudrama "Bloody Sunday" (2001). Quickly rising in the ranks as one of Britain's foremost performers, Nesbitt began appearing in works as diverse as Woody Allen's "Match Point" (2005) and the macabre fantasy series "Jekyll" (BBC One, 2007). Other notable efforts included a co-starring role opposite Liam Neeson in the factual-fictional hybrid "Five Minutes of Heaven" (2009) and as the star of the medical drama "Monroe" (ITV, 2011- ). In one of the most high-profile endeavors of his career, Nesbitt joined Peter Jackson for the first of a trilogy of highly-anticipated films...

Acclaimed Irish actor James Nesbitt earned a reputation as one of England's finest talents for decades prior to attracting much deserved attention across the Atlantic. After gaining substantial experience on the stages of London and with the occasional screen role in films like "Hear My Song" (BBC, 1991), Nesbitt broke out as one of the leads on the popular romantic comedy series "Cold Feet" (ITV, 1998-2003). More light-hearted turns in such films as "Waking Ned Devine" (1998) eventually gave way to increasingly dramatic fare after the versatile actor impressed audiences and critics with his performance in Paul Greengrass' acclaimed docudrama "Bloody Sunday" (2001). Quickly rising in the ranks as one of Britain's foremost performers, Nesbitt began appearing in works as diverse as Woody Allen's "Match Point" (2005) and the macabre fantasy series "Jekyll" (BBC One, 2007). Other notable efforts included a co-starring role opposite Liam Neeson in the factual-fictional hybrid "Five Minutes of Heaven" (2009) and as the star of the medical drama "Monroe" (ITV, 2011- ). In one of the most high-profile endeavors of his career, Nesbitt joined Peter Jackson for the first of a trilogy of highly-anticipated films based on the Tolkien novel, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012). Equally adept in comedic or dramatic roles, Nesbitt continued to break fresh creative ground and attract new admirers with each project.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Ping-Pong Summer (2014)
4.
 Coriolanus (2011)
5.
 Way, The (2011)
7.
 Match Point (2005)
8.
 Millions (2004) Ronnie Cunningham
9.
 Bloody Sunday (2002) Ivan Cooper
10.
 Lucky Break (2001) Jimmy Hands
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Earned Equity card at age 17
1987:
Made stage debut in a production of the musical "Up on the Roof"
1989:
Played several roles in international touring production of "Hamlet"; met wife Sonia Forbes-Adam while on the tour
1991:
Landed breakthrough role in "Hear My Song" as the friend of Adrian Dunbar's con man character
1992:
Appeared on an episode of U.S. adventure series "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (ABC)
1996:
Cast in recurring role on popular drama "Ballykissangel" (BBC One)
1997:
Co-starred on ITV romantic comedy series "Cold Feet"
1997:
Played supporting role in Michael Winterbottom's war drama "Welcome to Sarajevo" opposite Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei
1998:
Cast as lovestruck pig farmer 'Pig' Finn in comedy hit "Waking Ned Devine"
2002:
Portrayed Protestant Member of Parliament Ivan Cooper in historical drama "Bloody Sunday"
2003:
Starred as the fast-talking undercover policeman on BBC series "Murphy's Law"
2005:
Played a police detective in Woody Allen's "Match Point"
2007:
Essayed titular role on BBC One series "Jekyll"
2008:
Cast as Pontius Pilate in the biblical epic miniseries "The Passion" (BBC)
2009:
Co-starred opposite Liam Neeson in dramatic thriller "Five Minutes of Heaven"
2011:
Cast opposite Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler in Shakespearean tragedy "Coriolanus"; Fiennes directed film
2011:
Starred as the titular neurosurgeon on ITV drama series "Monroe"
2012:
Cast as Bofur in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson
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Education

University of Ulster: -

Notes

"People say that a lot of men want to be Adam, and that's possibly because the person who's playing Adam is not a million miles away from them, so he's quite accessible. I'm not drop-dead gorgeous, I'm not made of plastic. I have ... Adam has ... an ease about him that's definitely charming, and a vulnerability about him and an idiocy." --James Nesbitt quoted in London Evening Standard, August 21, 2001.

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wife:
Sonia Nesbitt. Married c. 1994.

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daughter:
Peggy Nesbitt. Born c. 1997.

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