Graduating from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London in 1987, Irish actor James Nesbitt worked in theatre for seven years before debuting in the feature film Hear My Song (1991). His ‘breakthrough’ role as Adam Williams in the romantic comedy-drama Cold Feet (1998-2003) won him a British Comedy Award and National Television Award.
Nesbitt’s role as ‘Pig’ Finn in Waking Ned (1998) gained him a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award. He has also appeared in Lucky Break (2003), Jekyll (2007) and Five Minutes of Heaven (2009) alongside Liam Neeson.
The role of Connor posed both a refreshing and challenging one for Nesbitt, whose most recent roles have been villains. Nesbitt credits Kodi Smit-McPhee’s talent for the intimate moments found between Connor and Finn: “Kodi was so good…so good, like working with Brando…We formed our own very strong alliance”.