James Nesbitt is an acclaimed British actor and TV presenter; he rose to fame as Adam Williams in the TV series “Cold Feet”, and as Tom Jackman/Mr. Hyde in the TV miniseries “Jekyll”. He has two children, both daughters, Peggy who is older, and Mary. Peggy has followed her father into show business and has so far appeared in all three films in the “The Hobbit” franchise, in which she played Sigrid, the daughter of dwarves Ingrid and Bard.
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Peggy Nesbitt Wiki
Born on September 4, 1997 in the United Kingdom, her mother is now Nesbitt’s ex-wife, Sonia Forbes-Adam.
She has a younger sister Mary, born in 2001. Her parents separated in 2013, and they completed their divorce three years later, having been married since 1994. She didn’t say which school she went to, but said she was unhappy when she moved to New York. Zeeland to film “The Hobbits”, and had to drop out of normal education.
Peggy’s career began in 2008, when she played Rachel in the drama film “Blessed”, starring her father James, alongside Natascha McElhone and Gary Lewis. After this, and still in school, she waited until 2012 for her next engagement, when the first installment of the “The Hobbits” franchise was filmed, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012).
The following year she appeared in the sequel “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, and in 2014 in the third and final part “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”. She has not been involved in any new project since then, and although she is active on social media, she has not revealed what she has been up to lately other than having fun with her sister and friends.
According to sources, she is single – there is no information about her past or current relationships.
Peggy Nesbitt’s father, James Nesbitt
Born William James Nesbitt on January 15, 1965, in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom; he is the son of James ‘Jim’ Nesbitt, the principal of the primary school he attended, and his wife May Nesbitt, who was a civil servant. The youngest of four and only son, his three sisters Margaret, Kathryn and Andrea are all teachers now. Growing up, he spent so much time alone, played with a ball, and wanted to become a professional footballer for Manchester United, or teacher, following in his father’s footsteps.
The family moved to Coleraine, County Londonderry, as his mother got a job with the Housing Executive. He attended the Coleraine Academical Institution (CAI) and later studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), moved to London, England at the age of 18 and graduated from university four years later.
James had made his Act debut at just 13 years old; his parents decided to take him on an audition to Riverside Theater for the Christmas production of “Oliver!”, and after singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the audition, he was cast as the Artful Dodger.
For the next three years he worked with Riverside Theater and received the Equity card when he performed as Jiminy Cricket in “Pinocchio”; he was lucky enough to get the part, as the originally selected actor broke his ankle just two days before the performance. He went on to play stage roles, playing Brad Majors in the play “The Rocky Horror Show” and then appearing in “Godspell” as Jesus, both in 1983, while in 1987 he was Keith in the play “Up on the Roof”. Gradually, he moved to screen roles, but remained true to the stage, working on such plays as “Hamlet”, “After Sun” and “The Laws of War”.
Success on screen
James’ first notable on-screen role was in 1991, as Fintan O’Donnell in the comedy-drama film “Hear My Song” starring Ned Beatty, Adrian Dunbar and Brian Flanagan. Four years later, he landed his first lead role, as Tony in the romantic drama film “Go Now” alongside Robert Carlyle and Juliet Aubrey. The following year, he was Uncle Joe in the romantic drama film “Jude,” starring Christopher Eccleston and Kate Winslet.
In 1997, he landed one of the most successful roles of his career, as Adam Williams in the TV series “Cold Feet”, then appeared in 60 episodes of the award-winning series, while in 1998 played Pig Finn in the comedy film ” Waking Ned Devine”, which was his first major success on film.
He successfully went on to play the role of Ivan Cooper in the historical war drama film “Bloody Sunday” (2002), about the Irish civil rights protest march and the mass murder of Irishmen committed by British troops. His popularity increased further when he was selected for the role of Dr. Tom Jackman, who is also known for his alter egos Mr. Hyde and Dr. Jekyll in the TV miniseries “Jekyll” in 2007. Two years later, he starred with Liam Neeson in the thriller-drama film “Five Minutes of Heaven”, while in 2010 he co-starred with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez in the comedy-drama film “The Way” and played Bofur in the franchise “The Hobbit” from 2012 to 2014.
In recent years, James has focused on television roles; in 2016 he was Colin Howell in the TV miniseries “The Secret”, then he was Harry Clayton in the TV series “Lucky Man” from 2016 to 2018, and most recently he played Tom Brannick in the TV miniseries “Bloodlands” (2020).
Because of his specific accent and voice, he has been hired as a host of several TV shows; in 2008 he hosted the documentary show “Drama Trails” for 10 episodes, then presented the “National Movie Awards” (2010) and “Northern Ireland’s Greatest Haunts”, while most recently he was the narrator of “British Airways 24/7: Access All Areas (2019).
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Personal life and net worth
James and Peggy’s mother first met in 1989 and they started dating shortly after. However, in 1991 they broke up after the release of the movie “Hear My Song”, but in 1994 they started dating again and in the same year they got married. In 2013, James announced their split and in 2016 they officially divorced. Since then, he has had no affairs, at least in public.
He works for several charities, including Wave, which provides support to those affected by the Troubles, the ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland. He is also the UNICEF UK Ambassador.
In the 2016 New Year Honors List he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contribution to drama and the community in Northern Ireland.