James Nesbitt has good year as film company profits top £0.5m
Northern Ireland actor James Nesbitt enjoyed a bumper 2012 as profits at the entertainment firm he co-owns topped nearly £0.5m.
The Londonderry man is best known for his award-winning roles in the television drama Bloody Sunday and ITV's Cold Feet, and most recently for Hollywood blockbuster The Hobbit.
New accounts lodged with the UK-based Companies House by Nesbitt's Brown Cow Films show accumulated profits at the firm rose £479,060, going from £1.426m to £1.9m.
The firm's cash pile increased from £25,111 to £459,507 in the 12 months to the end of March last year.
The 2012 performance compares very favourably with 2011, when the firm's accumulated profits dipped from £1.358m to £1.31m, with the firm's cash falling sharply from £258,662 to £25,611.
Seen by millions of sports fans at the weekend cheering on his football team, Manchester United, in the visiting fans' section at Arsenal's Emirates stadium in London, Nesbitt initially had ambitions of being a teacher, but dropped out of his college course to pursue a career in acting.
A native of Ballymena, Co Antrim, who subsequently grew up in Coleraine, Co Derry, Nesbitt has recently starred as the character Bofur in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit movie.
Nesbitt has described his portrayal of Ivan Cooper in the television film Bloody Sunday as a turning point in his career where he scooped a nomination for a British Academy Television Award for Best Actor.
The 48-year-old actor has won numerous awards, including Best TV Comedy Actor in 2000 for his portrayal of Adam Williams in Cold Feet.
Reflecting on his first time going to acting school in London in a broadcast interview, Nesbitt said: "When I first came to drama school, I was a Paddy the minute I walked in.
"And I remember going to drama school and them all saying to me, 'Aw, yeah, Brits out', and I was like, 'It's a wee bit more complicated than that, you know'."
The married father of two has also starred in Murphy's Law between 2001 and 2007 as undercover detective Tommy Murphy in a role that was created for him by writer Colin Bateman.
Nesbitt has also appeared alongside Liam Neeson in film Five Minutes of Heaven and was one of the lead actors in the TV series Occupation.