James Nesbitt was born and raised in the Coleraine area of Northern Ireland. He went to a local grammar school (Coleraine Academical Insitution) and planned early on to be a French teacher. But then a teacher spotted his acting talent and encouraged him to join a local theatre.
Since then, he's appeared in many international feature films set in Ireland and a string of hit comedies including Waking Ned Devine, Women Talking Dirty and The Most Fertile Man in Ireland. Nesbitt found his place in the public's heart as Adam Williams on popular British sitcom, Cold Feet. Aside from comedy, Nesbitt's serious projects include war drama Welcome to Sarajevo and most recently Bloody Sunday, which looked at the murder of peaceful protesters in Northern Ireland during the early '70s. Despite all his success, Nesbitt keeps his cold feet on the ground. He's happily married and loves football. "Acting was never my vocation", he once allegedly said, "I sort of fell into it and there's not a day goes by that I don't feel privileged and thankful for what's happened to me."