James Nesbitt

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 ... Read more »
Born: 01/14/1965 in United Kingdom


Actor (36)

The Missing 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)


Babylon 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)


Gold 2014 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 (Movie)

Bofur (Actor)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 (Movie)

Bofur (Actor)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

Bofur (Actor)

Coriolanus 2011 (Movie)

Tribune Brutus (Actor)

The Way 2011 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Five Minutes of Heaven 2009 (Movie)

Joe Griffen (Actor)

Matching Jack 2009 (Movie)


The Graham Norton Show: Doctor Who Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


2008 Brit Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Jekyll 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


Match Point 2005 (Movie)

Detective Banner (Actor)

Millions 2005 (Movie)

Ronnie Cunningham (Actor)

Murphy's Law (BBC) 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)


Cold Feet (UK) 1998 - 2003 (TV Show)


The Canterbury Tales 2003 (Tv Show)


Bloody Sunday 2002 (Movie)

Ivan Cooper (Actor)

Lucky Break 2002 (Movie)

Jimmy Hands (Actor)

Body Story II 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Thanks For The Memories 2001 (Movie)


Wild About Harry 2001 (Movie)

MP (Actor)

Resurrection Man 2000 (Movie)

Ryan (Actor)

Touching Evil II 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


The Most Fertile Man in Ireland 1999 (Movie)

'Mad Dog' Billy Wilson (Actor)

Women Talking Dirty 1999 (Movie)

Stanley (Actor)

Go Now 1998 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Waking Ned Devine 1998 (Movie)

Pig Finn (Actor)

The James Gang 1997 (Movie)

Graham Armstrong (Actor)

Welcome to Sarajevo 1997 (Movie)

Gregg (Actor)

Jude 1996 (Movie)

Uncle Joe (Actor)

Covington Cross 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Hear My Song 1991 (Movie)

Fintan O'Donnell (Actor)

Jekyll (Movie)

Dr. Tom Jackson (Actor)

Virtuoso (TV Show)

Music (1)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

("Blunt The Knives") (Song Performer)


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.


Sonia Forbes-Adam

Met 1989 Married 1993

Peggy Nesbitt

Born c. 1997; mother Sonia Forbes-Adam

Mary Nesbitt

Mother, Sonia Forbes-Adam


University of Ulster

Left to attend drama school



Cast as Bofur in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson


Cast opposite Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler in Shakespearean tragedy "Coriolanus"; Fiennes directed film


Starred as the titular neurosurgeon on ITV drama series "Monroe"


Co-starred opposite Liam Neeson in dramatic thriller "Five Minutes of Heaven"


Cast as Pontius Pilate in the biblical epic miniseries "The Passion" (BBC)


Essayed titular role on BBC One series "Jekyll"


Played a police detective in Woody Allen's "Match Point"


Starred as the fast-talking undercover policeman on BBC series "Murphy's Law"


Portrayed Protestant Member of Parliament Ivan Cooper in historical drama "Bloody Sunday"


Cast as lovestruck pig farmer 'Pig' Finn in comedy hit "Waking Ned Devine"


Played supporting role in Michael Winterbottom's war drama "Welcome to Sarajevo" opposite Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei


Co-starred on ITV romantic comedy series "Cold Feet"


Cast in recurring role on popular drama "Ballykissangel" (BBC One)


Appeared on an episode of U.S. adventure series "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (ABC)


Landed breakthrough role in "Hear My Song" as the friend of Adrian Dunbar's con man character


Played several roles in international touring production of "Hamlet"; met wife Sonia Forbes-Adam while on the tour


Made stage debut in a production of the musical "Up on the Roof"

Earned Equity card at age 17

Bonus Trivia


"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." – Nesbitt on his "Cold Fee" role, quoted in the London Evening Standard, Aug. 21, 2001


In 2003, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from his one-time alma mater, the University of Ulster.