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Benedict Cumberbatch appears in new promo celebrating BBC Drama

Benedict Cumberbatch appears in new promo celebrating BBC Drama

LONDON, Oct. 30 (UPI) --British heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch can now be seen in a new trailer celebrating the best of BBC Drama -- past, present and future.
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'Metro Manila' wins big at British Independent Film Awards

'Metro Manila' wins big at British Independent Film Awards

LONDON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- "Metro Manila" was named Best British Independent Film at the 16th Moet British Independent Film Awards ceremony in London Sunday.
Julie Walters set for Richard Harris honor at the BIFAs

Julie Walters set for Richard Harris honor at the BIFAs

LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Actress Julie Walters is to be honored at Sunday's Moet British Independent Film Awards in London, organizers announced.
'Starred Up' earns 8 British Independent Film Award nominations

'Starred Up' earns 8 British Independent Film Award nominations

LONDON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The prison drama "Starred Up" led the field Monday with nominations for eight British Independent Film Awards.
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'Broken,' 'Berberian' win big at British Independent Film Awards

'Broken,' 'Berberian' win big at British Independent Film Awards

LONDON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- "Broken" was named the Best British Independent Film of 2012 and its cast member Rory Kinnear Best Supporting Actor at a ceremony in London.
Shooting wraps on 'The Hobbit'

Shooting wraps on 'The Hobbit'

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 6 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Peter Jackson announced in a blog post Friday he has completed principal photography on the two-part epic "The Hobbit" in New Zealand.
James Nesbitt joins 'Hobbit' cast

James Nesbitt joins 'Hobbit' cast

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- James Nesbitt has landed a role in the two-part film "The Hobbit," which is to begin shooting soon in New Zealand, director Peter Jackson said.
Nesbitt, Driver start shooting 'The Deep'

Nesbitt, Driver start shooting 'The Deep'

LONDON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- James Nesbitt, Minnie Driver and Goran Visnjic have begun shooting the television miniseries "The Deep" in Glasgow, Scotland, the BBC announced.
'Slumdog' wins big at British indie awards

'Slumdog' wins big at British indie awards

LONDON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- "Slumdog Millionaire," a film set in India and directed by Briton Danny Boyle, won three prizes at the British Independent Film Awards.
'Who' boss: I've done what I set out to do

'Who' boss: I've done what I set out to do

LONDON, July 7 (UPI) -- Russell T. Davies, the writer-producer leaving the new version of "Doctor Who," has declined to comment on who might next play the Doctor on the British series.

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British actor James Nesbitt attends the "London Party" at Spencer House, St. James's Place in London on February 18, 2006. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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James Nesbitt (born 15 January 1965) is a Northern Irish actor. Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Nesbitt grew up in the nearby village of Broughshane, before moving to Coleraine, County Londonderry. He wanted to become a teacher, like his father, so began a degree in French at the University of Ulster. He dropped out after a year when he decided to become an actor, and transferred to the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. After graduating in 1987, he spent seven years performing in plays that varied from the musical Up on the Roof (1987, 1989) to the political drama Paddywack (1994). He made his feature film debut playing talent agent Fintan O'Donnell in Hear My Song (1991).

Nesbitt got his breakthrough television role playing Adam Williams in the romantic comedy-drama Cold Feet (1998–2003), which won him a British Comedy Award, a Television and Radio Industries Club Award, and a National Television Award. His first significant film role came when he appeared as pig farmer "Pig" Finn in Waking Ned (1998). With the rest of the starring cast, Nesbitt was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. In Lucky Break (2001), he made his debut as a film lead playing prisoner Jimmy Hands. The next year, he played Ivan Cooper in the television film Bloody Sunday, about the 1972 shootings in Derry. A departure from his previous "cheeky chappie" roles, the film was a turning point in his career. He won a British Independent Film Award and was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor.

Nesbitt has also starred in Murphy's Law (2001–2007) as undercover detective Tommy Murphy—a role that was created for him by writer Colin Bateman. The role twice gained Nesbitt Best Actor nominations at the Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA). In 2004, he starred in the fact-based drama Wall of Silence as the father of a murdered boy, a role that gained him another IFTA nomination. In 2007, he starred in the dual role of Tom Jackman and Mr Hyde in Steven Moffat's Jekyll, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination in 2008. Nesbitt has since appeared in several more dramatic roles; he starred alongside Liam Neeson in Five Minutes of Heaven (2009), and was one of three lead actors in the television miniseries Occupation (2009) and The Deep (2010). He also has roles in the movies Outcast (2010) and Emilio Estevez's The Way (2010), and has been cast in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit (2012/13).

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