James Nesbitt stars in series two of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man
When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters.Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer.Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights.You can unsubscribe at any time.
James Nesbitt, 56, has become a house hold name in the world of TV drama series, starring in long running productions such as romantic comedy-drama Cold Feet since 1997 and mystery series The Missing. But there’s one more hugely popular show he’d love to work on, and the fact he hasn’t been offered a role yet has left him nothing short of slightly irritated.
Even though Line of Duty had been shot here for years I was never considered for it, which has always slightly galled me
In a recent interview, Nesbitt recalled bumping into Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio at a party once and put the question to him.
“I said, ‘Come on, Jed, when are we going to get a chance to work together?’” the actor remembered.
“Even though Line of Duty had been shot here for years I was never considered for it, which has always slightly galled me.”
But there could be an upcoming appearance on the cards for the Northern Irish star, as Mercurio promised to bear him in mind for future castings.
Season six of the police drama is set to return later this year after lockdown delayed production, but it’s known for its evolving cast.
Mercurio even sent him over a script that HTM Productions, the company he runs with Have I Got News For You supremo Jimmy Mulville, had in development.
But for now, Nesbitt has other irons in the fire with his new series Bloodlands, which debuts on BBC One later this week.
Written by Chris Brandon, the actor plays Irish detective Tom Brannick, a character who he believes has a lot in common with himself.
“I think that relates to me,” he explained.
“I’ve never really left Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland has never really left me.”
He continued to tell Radio Times: “I recognise a lot in Tom.
“There’s an affability, a quiet strength.
Dan Walker told he’d ‘let kids down’ in ‘insulting’ teacher interview [TV NEWS]
Simon Cowell ‘tightens security’ at £15million London mansion [LATEST]
Adam Henson: Countryfile host writes to Boris Johnson for support [UPDATE]
“He’s someone who has really been through a lot in the Troubles, one of the silent ones who never reveal what they’ve been through.”
The series follows Detective Brannick as he’s urged to drop his investigation into a cold case of mysterious disappearances.
But the deeper he digs, the more he’s embroiled in his own dark past, one that leaves him plagued by memories of his dead wife.
Nesbitt’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times [RADIO TIMES]
It echoes similarities from 2014’s The Missing, where he played a dad haunted by the disappearance of his young son and Nesbitt poked fun at how his career goals have changed over the years.
He joked: “As someone who started out as a comedy actor, who went into acting to meet girls and have a laugh… where are the b****y laughs?”
Nesbitt’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.
Bloodlands begin on Sunday at 9pm and Line of Duty season 6 returns later this year.
Source: Read Full Article