James Nesbitt filmography
James Nesbitt is an actor from Northern Ireland whose filmography encompasses both television and film roles over a 30-year period. Nesbitt's screen career began in the early 1980s with uncredited roles in episodes of the BBC Play For Today strand, which he had while attached to the Riverside Theatre's youth group. His first credited role came in 1989, as a bit player in the John Ogdon biopic Virtuoso, which was followed by his first feature film role in 1991 in Hear My Song.
As a casual actor in the early 1990s, Nesbitt mixed television and film roles; he appeared in episodes of Boon, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Covington Cross, Lovejoy, and Between the Lines. He also played roles in several Michael Winterbottom films, beginning with Loves Lies Bleeding in 1993 and continuing with Go Now in 1995, Jude in 1996 and Welcome to Sarajevo in 1997.
In 1997, he secured his breakout television role as Adam Williams in Cold Feet, a character he played until 2003. In that time he also appeared in the film Waking Ned, two series of Playing the Field, Touching Evil, his feature film lead debut Lucky Break, and Paul Greengrass's controversial television film Bloody Sunday, as Ivan Cooper. After Bloody Sunday, Nesbitt started to take on more dramatic roles, appearing in five series of Murphy's Law (2003–2007), the two-part television film Passer By (2004), Steven Moffat's Jekyll (2007), and the Iraq War drama Occupation (2009). He has also furthered his feature film career by taking roles in Woody Allen's Match Point (2005), the Troubles drama Five Minutes of Heaven (2009), the thriller Outcast (2010), Nadia Tass's Matching Jack (2010), and Emilio Estevez's The Way (2010). He starred in the ITV medical drama series Monroe (2011–2012) and has a role as the dwarf Bofur in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy (2012–2014).
Nesbitt has also taken on theatrical roles throughout his career; between 1987 and 1994, he appeared in no less than five major plays, including the musical Up on the Roof, a world tour of Hamlet, and the Troubles drama Paddywack. After a break of eleven years, Nesbitt returned to the stage to make his London West End debut in Owen McCafferty's Shoot the Crow (2005).
|1982||Play for Today Too Late to Talk to Billy||Extra||Television film[n 1]|
|1984||Play for Today: The Cry||B Special||Television film[n 1]|
|1985||The Ties of Blood: Out of Tune||Extra||Television film[n 1]|
|1989||Screen Two: Virtuoso||[Bit part]||Television film[n 2]|
|1991||Boon||Martin Mulholland||1 episode of television series:
|1992||Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, TheThe Young Indiana Jones Chronicles||Yuri||1 episode of television series:
|1992||Covington Cross||Humphrey||1 episode of television series:
|1993||Comedy Playhouse: Sailortown||Skeeball||Television film|
|1993||Screenplay: Love Lies Bleeding||Niall||Television film[n 3]|
|1993||Lovejoy||Jerry Boyle||1 episode of television series:
|1994||Between the Lines||Sean Phellan||1 episode of television series:
|1994||The All New Alexei Sayle Show||Various characters||2 episodes of television series:
|1995||Searching||Duncan||2 episodes of television series:
|1995||Love Bites: Go Now||Tony||Television film with limited theatrical release|
|1995||Soldier Soldier||Bryan Casey||1 episode of television series:
|1996–1998||Ballykissangel||Leo McGarvey||5 episodes of television series:
|1997||Common as Muck||Priest||1 episode of television series:
|1997||Comedy Premieres: Cold Feet||Adam Williams||Television pilot|
|1998–1999||Playing the Field||John Dolan||2 series of television series|
|1998||Touching Evil II||David Laney||2 episodes of television series:
|1998–2003||Cold Feet||Adam Williams||5 series of television series|
|2001||Murphy's Law||Detective Sergeant Tommy Murphy||Television pilot|
|2002||Bloody Sunday||Ivan Cooper||Television film with limited theatrical release|
|2003||Tractor Tom||Matt (voice)||1 series of animated television series|
|2003–2007||Murphy's Law||Detective Sergeant Tommy Murphy||5 series of television series
(also Creative Consultant, 2005–2007)
|2003||Canterbury Tales, TheThe Canterbury Tales||Nick Zakian||1 episode of anthology television series:
|2004||Wall of Silence||Stuart Robe||Television film|
|2004||Passer By||Joe Keyes||2-part television film|
|2004||Quite Ugly One Morning||Jack Parlabane||Television film|
|2005||Big Dippers||Ray||Television film|
|2007||Jekyll||Tom Jackman/Hyde[n 4]||6-part television serial|
|2008||Fairy Tales||Professor Hans M. Prince||1 episode of anthology television series:
|2008||Passion, TheThe Passion||Pontius Pilate||4-part television serial|
|2008||Midnight Man||Max Raban||3-part television serial|
|2009||Five Minutes of Heaven||Joe Griffin||Television film with limited theatrical release|
|2009||Occupation||Colour Sergeant Mike Swift||3-part television serial|
|2010||Deep, TheThe Deep||Clem Donnelly||5-part television serial|
|2011–2012||Monroe||Gabriel Monroe||2 series of television series|
|2013–present||James Nesbitt's Ireland||Presenter/Himself||1 series, 8 episodes|
|2014||Babylon||Police Commissioner Richard Miller||Pilot, series to resume in 2014.|
|2014||The Missing||Tony||1 series, 8 episodes|
|1985||The End of the World Man||Policeman||Feature film – Released as The Bulldozer Brigade in the United States[n 1]|
|1991||Hear My Song||Fintan O'Donnell||Feature film[n 5]|
|1996||Jude||Uncle Joe||Feature film|
|1997||Welcome to Sarajevo||Gregg||Feature film|
|1997||The James Gang||Graham Armstrong||Feature film|
|1997||Resurrection Man||Ryan||Feature film|
|1997||This Is the Sea||Constable Hubert Porter||Feature film|
|1997||Jumpers||Gerald Clarke||Short film|
|1998||Waking Ned||Finn, "Pig""Pig" Finn||Feature film – Released as Waking Ned Devine in the United States|
|1999||Women Talking Dirty||Stanley||Feature film|
|2000||The Most Fertile Man in Ireland||Billy Wilson, "Mad Dog""Mad Dog" Billy Wilson||Feature film|
|2000||Wild About Harry||Walter Adair||Feature film|
|2000||Furry Story||Dad (voice)||Animated short film|
|2001||Lucky Break||Jimmy Hands||Feature film[n 6]|
|2004||Millions||Ronnie Cunningham||Feature film|
|2005||Match Point||Detective Banner||Feature film|
|2006||0.0270270 (The Story of a Gambler)||Distraught Man||Short film screened at Riverside Film Festival on 4 April 2006.|
|2008||Blessed||Peter||Independent feature film with limited theatrical release|
|2010||Matching Jack||Connor||Feature film|
|2010||Way, TheThe Way||Jack||Feature film|
|2012||Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, TheThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Bofur||Feature film|
|2013||Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||Bofur||Feature film|
|2014[n 7]||Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, TheThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies||Bofur||Feature film – in post-production|
|2014[n 8]||Gold||P.E. Teacher||Feature film – in production|
|1981||Pinocchio||Jiminy Cricket||—[n 9]||Riverside Theatre, Coleraine.|
|1983||Rocky Horror Show, TheThe Rocky Horror Show||Brad Majors||Paddy Scully||Arts Theatre, Belfast.|
|1983||Godspell||Jesus||—[n 9]||Grand Opera House, Belfast.|
|1984||Philadelphia Here I Come!||Cast member[n 9]||—[n 9]||Arts Theatre, Belfast.|
|1984||Can't Pay, Won't Pay||Luigi||Michael Poynor||Arts Theatre, Belfast.|
|1986||West Side Story||Cast member[n 9]||Michael Poynor||3-month NI tour: Enniskillen, Belfast, Coleraine.|
|1987||Up on the Roof||Keith||Jane Prowse|
|1989||Up on the Roof||Keith||Jane Prowse||Regional tour. January–March 1989.|
|1989||As You Like It||Duke Frederick
|Paul Jepson||Rose Theatre Club, Kensington. June 1989.|
|Yuri Lyubimov||Haymarket Theatre, Leicester. 19 September–7 October 1989.
Old Vic, London, 21 November–3 December 1989.
World tour, 1990:
His Majesty's Theatre, Perth. 2–3, 5–10 March 1990
Adelaide. March 1990.
Tokyo. April 1990.
|1991||Translations||Doalty||Gwenda Hughes||Birmingham Repertory Theatre. May–June 1991.|
|1992||Una Pooka||Aidan||Mark Lambert and Nicholas Kent||Tricycle Theatre. July 1992.|
|1994||Paddywack||Damien||Michael Latimer||Cockpit Theatre. March 1994.
Long Wharf Theatre. October 1994.
|1994||Darwin's Flood||Jesus||Simon Stokes||Bush Theatre. May 1994.|
|2005||After Sun||Jimmy||Josie Rourke||Old Vic, London. 19 June 2005.[n 10]|
|2005||Shoot the Crow||Socrates||Robert Delamere||Trafalgar Studios (Studio 1). 11 October–10 December 2005.|
|2010||Laws of War, TheThe Laws of War||Cast member[n 9]||Jeremy Herrin||Royal Court Theatre (Downstairs). 16 May 2010.[n 11]|
|2006||James Nesbitt's World Cup Anthems||Presenter||Radio special|
|2008||Desert Island Discs||Guest||1 episode:
|2010||Staring into the Fridge||Fridge||Afternoon Play|
- Uncredited extra.
- Credited television debut.
- First appearance in a Michael Winterbottom production.
- Also plays the uncredited roles of Henry Jekyll in Episode 5, and several zombies in Episode 6.
- Credited film debut.
- First lead role in a feature film.
- Scheduled release date.
- Scheduled release date.
- Some information relating to Nesbitt's theatrical career is not held in nationally published works, though may exist in individual theatre company archives or smaller, local publications.
- 10-minute play.
- Gala performance presented by Human Rights Watch.
- "Nesbitt, James". British Film Institute. URL retrieved on 25 March 2010.
- Swann, Yvonne (2 September 2004). "James Nesbitt: My cold feet about teaching". Daily Mirror (MGN): p. 57. URL retrieved on 25 March 2010.
- Steiner, Susie (27 October 2001). "The Irish question". The Guardian (Guardian News & Media): p. 68 (Weekend supplement). URL retrieved on 15 April 2011.
- Moreton, Cole (20 March 2011). "How I got a head in show business". The Mail on Sunday (Associated Newspapers): pp. 6–7 (Live supplement). URL retrieved on 15 April 2011.
- ITV Press Centre (22 February 2011). "Monroe Press Pack" (.doc format). Press release: p. 11. URL retrieved 30 August 2011.
- Canby, Vincent (23 October 1994). "A Good, Sharp 'Paddywhack'". The New York Times (The New York Times Company): p. A5.
- "The Stage Archive". The Stage Newspaper Ltd. URL retrieved on 13 March 2011.
- Austin, Jeremy (12 October 2005). "Review: Shoot the Crow". The Stage Online. URL retrieved on 25 March 2010.
- Nesbitt, James (2009). "Made in Northern Ireland: An Actor's View" (.pdf). BBC. URL retrieved on 21 March 2010.
- Lord, Derek (10 October 2008). "Lights, camera, action as the B Specials are put in spotlight". Press and Journal (Aberdeen Journals). URL retrieved on 10 October 2008.
- Page N. ulsteractors.com. URL retrieved on 25 March 2010
- McLean, Craig (31 July 2010). "Thrown in at the deep end". The Times (Times Newspapers): p. 24 (Play supplement).
- Jeffrey, Morgan (14 November 2012). "James Nesbitt's 'Monroe' axed by ITV1". Digital Spy. URL retrieved on 15 November 2012 (archived by WebCite on 15 November 2012).
- "Film by Young NI Directors accepted by Sky TV". Northern Ireland Screen. 15 March 2006. URL retrieved on 25 August 2011.
- Maginness, A.P. (3 April 2006). "Gambling on a big screen hit" (subscription required). The Irish News. URL retrieved 9 March 2009.
- Blessed website. URL retrieved on 6 October 2008.
- Bulbeck, Pip (20 March 2011). "'Hobbit' Filming Finally Under Way in New Zealand". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). URL retrieved on 21 March 2011.
- Hall, Eva (31 January 2013). "Exclusive: David Wilmot & James Nesbitt Lead All-Star Cast To 'Gold'". Irish Film & Television Network. URL retrieved on 2 February 2013.
- Muir, Johnny (director) (28 February 2013). The Arts Show: In Conversation with James Nesbitt. [Television broadcast]. BBC Two Northern Ireland.
- "Plymouth: Up on the Roof". The Stage and Television Today: p. 14. 2 February 1989
- "Rose: As You Like It". The Stage and Television Today: p. 15. 15 June 1989.
- "Theatre Week". The Stage and Television Today: p. 9. 14 September 1989.
- Billington, Michael (2 November 1989). "At the Theatre with Michael Billington". Country Life: p. 175.
- "Festival of Perth Programmes" (.pdf). State Library of Western Australia. 22 October 2009. URL retrieved on 25 March 2010.
- Compass News Features (12 December 1989). "All-new Hamlet to go on world tour". New Straits Times: p. 9 (archived at Google News Archive).
- "Birmingham: Translations". The Stage and Television Today: p. 15. 20 May 1991.
- "Theatre Week". The Stage and Television Today: p. 9. 2 July 1992.
- "The Cockpit: Paddywack". The Stage and Television Today: p. 22. 31 March 1994.
- "Bush Theatre: Darwin's Flood". The Stage and Television Today: p. 15. 2 June 1994
- Jebb, Louis (20 June 2005). "No time for writers' block in dramatic race against clock". The Independent (Independent News & Media): p. 11.
- Bosanquet, Theo (11 May 2010). "Galas: Court Laws, Cardboard Seats & Grateful". Whatsonstage.com (Bandwidth Communications). URL retrieved on 11 May 2010.
- Johns, Ian (10 June 2006). "Radio choice". The Times (Times Newspapers): p. 47. URL retrieved 15 April 2011.
- "Desert Island Discs: James Nesbitt". BBC Online. URL retrieved on 15 April 2011.
- "Staring into the Fridge". BBC Online. URL retrieved on 15 April 2011.