William James Nesbitt, OBE is an actor and presenter from Northern Ireland. Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Nesbitt grew up in the nearby village of Broughshane, before moving to Coleraine, County Londonderry. He wanted to become a teacher like his father, so he began a degree in French at the University of Ulster. He dropped out after a year when he decided to become an actor, and transferred to the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. After graduating in 1987, he spent seven years performing in plays that varied from the musical Up on the Roof to the political drama Paddywack . He made his feature film debut playing talent agent Fintan ODonnell in Hear My Song .
James Nesbitt was born onJanuary 1965 in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. His father, James Jim Nesbitt, was the headmaster of the primary school in Lisnamurrican, a hamlet near Broughshane, while his mother, May Nesbitt, was a civil servant. Jim and May already had three daughtersMargaret, Kathryn and Andrea. The family lived in the house adjoining the oneroom school where Nesbitt was one ofpupils taught by Jim the other pupils were all farmers children. Nesbitt grew up completely around women, and spent a lot of time alone, kicking a ball against a wall. He had ambitions to play football for Manchester United, or to become a teacher like his father. The family was Protestant, and Lisnamurrican was in Paisley country. The Nesbitts spent Sunday evenings singing hymns around the piano. Jim marched in the Ballymena Young Conquerors flute band and Nesbitt joined him playing the flute. After the Drumcree conflicts, they stopped marching with the band. The familys residen