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Northern Ireland could be a big actor in world of film, says study

By Rebecca Black

Published 07/05/2015

Ulster University Chancellor James Nesbitt holds a copy of the film and broadcasting report
Ulster University Chancellor James Nesbitt holds a copy of the film and broadcasting report

Popular actor James Nesbitt has been performing in his other main role as Chancellor of Ulster University to promote Northern Ireland as a prime location for filming and broadcasting production.

A report from the university found that film and broadcast companies based outside greater Belfast enjoy a significant cost advantage compared to the rest of the UK.

Nesbitt was back home before heading off to the TV Baftas at the weekend. He will go head-to-head with Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch in the battle for best actor.

The Coleraine actor, who starred in The Missing, is up against Cumberbatch in the leading actor category alongside Toby Jones for his work in Marvellous and Jason Watkins in The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies. Belfast actor Stephen Rea is nominated for best supporting actor in The Honourable Woman. Hit crime drama The Fall, which stars Holywood's Jamie Dornan, did not receive any nominations.

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