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 Feet, Peter 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.