Belfast Telegraph

Star cashes in thanks to fantasy film

By Staff Reporter

James Nesbitt's time spent in the fantasy world of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit has paid rich dividends with profits at his entertainment firm rising by over €400k (£313k)last year to top €3.1m (£2.42m).

The Coleraine man is best known for his roles in television dramas Cold Feet and Bloody Sunday and has gained worldwide recognition for his role as a dwarf in The Hobbit series of films.

The third of the trilogy, The Battle Of The Five Armies, was released in cinemas last month and has generated more than $600m in box office receipts.

Accounts lodged by Nesbitt's Brown Cow Films show its accumulated profits rose by £319,240 to £2.48m. The company's cash pile also increased from €50,537 (£39,136) to €352,291 (£275,741).

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