Actors and Actresses

'Bloodlands' Star James Nesbitt on Playing Traumatized Characters, His Love of Northern Ireland and More

When you hear the name James Nesbitt, you may think of any one of the Northern Irish actor's dozens of film and television roles over the past three decades, including Cold FeetPeter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, Waking Ned Devine, and The Missing. His career has indeed been prolific.

Nesbitt's latest role, in a new BBC mini-series called Bloodlands, will arrive on Acorn TV this March. A thriller about a detective investigating the apparent return of a shadowy Troubles-era assassin, the series is set and was filmed in and around Belfast. We had a chance to speak to Nesbitt himself about his homeland, the often traumatized characters he plays, and more.

'Des' Star Daniel Mays on Bringing a Real Person to Life, Working with David Tennant and More

Even if the name doesn’t ring a bell, British film and telly fans are sure to be familiar with the work of Daniel Mays. Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2000, this Essex-born actor has spent the last two decades bringing authentic characters to the screen in such varied projects as Vera Drake, Doctor Who, Line of Duty, and Fisherman's Friends. 

We recently conducted a phone interview with the actor wherein he discussed, among other things, his recent role as DCI Peter Jay in the crime drama Des, his admiration for director Mike Leigh and his growing Instagram addiction.

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