William James Nesbitt, OBE is an actor and presenter from Northern Ireland. Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Nesbitt grew up in the nearby village of Broughshane, before moving to Coleraine, County Londonderry.
Starting his career on stage, Nesbitt has appeared in numerous plays including: Paddywack, Translations, As You Like It, Philadelphia Here I Come, Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay and Shoot The Crow in the West End.
Nesbitt’s first major TV roles included Ballykissangel and Playing The Field, but it was playing ‘Adam’ in Cold Feet that brought him to the attention of a wider audience.
Based around the lives of three thirty-something couples, this critically-acclaimed drama won James a British Comedy Award in 2000 and a UK National Television Award in 2003.
His range of television roles since then has included:
Stan Lee’s Lucky Man
James Nesbitt has also starred in a number of critically acclaimed films, including Bloody Sunday, Danny Boyle’s movie Millions, BAFTA award-winning Occupation for BBC One.
He played the role of Bofur in The Hobbit trilogy.
An extremely experienced after-dinner speaker and awards host, James has hosted the British Independent Film Awards, The Travel Trade Gazette Awards, The Empire Awards, GQ Awards, The Campaign Media Awards and The Music Week Awards.