James Nesbitt

'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.

British Actors You Should Know: James Nesbitt

Today’s “actor you should know” owns half a prize winning race horse, has acted as a UNICEF UK ambassador since 2005 and is the current Chancellor of the University of Ulster, no less. A proud Northern Irishman, James Nesbitt is a big fan of sport (particularly Manchester United and his hometown team, Coleraine) and has recently started presenting travel programs including one entitled James Nesbitt’s Ireland.

You may wonder how this charming, talented fella finds time for his main job – acting. But Nesbitt’s been working steadily since the early 90’s and it doesn’t appear that he’s planning on letting up anytime soon.

Let’s look at a small sampling of his many excellent roles over the years.