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Nesbitt's lucky break... star lands new superhero TV series

By Joanne Sweeney

He's played a grieving father and a warrior dwarf but now James Nesbitt has got lucky with a new superhero role from comic book legend Stan Lee.

The actor will star in a new 10-part series for Sky1 called Lucky Man which has been written by the celebrated writer behind superheros such as Iron Man, Spider-Man and the X-Men.

Northern Ireland-born Nesbitt will play Detective Inspector Harry Clayton, a cop from Central London's notorious Murder Squad who's down on his luck due to a serious gambling problem.

The detective owes a massive debt to an underworld crime boss who is out to kill him.

But everything changes when Clayton has a chance meeting with a mysterious woman who gifts him an ancient bracelet that gives the wearer power to control luck.

Sky1 director Adam MacDonald described Lucky Man as "mysterious, thrilling, energetic… a visually striking crime thriller".

The series was commissioned from 92-year-old Lee by the production team behind hit series Downton Abbey and is due to air in 2016.

It's the first television drama series from former Marvel Comics chairman Lee, who has been the creator, writer and publisher of much-loved superhero comic stories and novels for seven decades.

Stan Lee said he was excited that his company POW! Entertainment was working with Sky1 and Carnival Films on this project.

"Luck has always been a fascinating subject to me, and I am excited to finally share that fascination with audiences around the world," he said.

"With all the creative projects I have worked on, I sure am a lucky man myself."

Lucky Man's executive producer Richard Fell added: "Lucky Man is a different kind of superhero show - Stan has come up with an absolutely brilliant idea; something that we can all relate to.

"It's a twist which brings the whole superhero genre right back down to earth, which we hope will appeal to the Sky 1 audience."

Nesbitt recently achieved critical acclaim for his role as desperate father Tony Hughes in last year's gripping child abduction story The Missing for the BBC.

The father-of-two also played the dwarf Bofur in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

Nesbitt regularly returns to Northern Ireland in his role as Ulster University's Chancellor and to visit his family in Coleraine.

Nesbitt's screen wife in Lucky Man, who has left him and taken their children, will be played by Eve Best (The Honourable Woman).

Sienna Guillory (Luther), Amara Karan (Kidnap And Ransom), Darren Boyd (Fortitude), Omid Djalili (Pirates Of The Caribbean), Jing Lusi (Holby City) and Kenneth Tsang (Die Another Day) also star in the series.

Jimmy‘s top 5 roles

1. Hapless Adam Williams (below) in ITV's Cold Feet (1998-2003)

2. Tom Jackman in the BBC mini-series Jekyll (2007)

3. Bofur the warrior dwarf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy (above) (2011-14)

4.Tony Hughes who desperately tries to find out what happened to his abducted son in the BBC's The Missing (2014)

5. Ruthless London police Commissioner Richard Miller (above),in Babylon for Channel 4 (2014)​

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