Actor James Nesbitt sees profit at TV firm grow by €938,500

Derryman’s career includes hit roles in Cold Feet and new Netflix drama Stay Close

Accumulated profits at the main TV firm owned by actor James Nesbitt increased to £5.808 million (€6.95 million) in 2020.

The Derryman's career includes hit roles in Cold Feet and new Netflix drama Stay Close, and accumulated profits at Nesbitt's Brown Cow Films Ltd increased by £782,555 (€938,501) to £5.808 million at the end of March 2020. The profits were up 49 per cent on the previous 12 months.

The accounts lodged with Companies House in the UK show that its cash pile declined from £1.275 million to £1.221 million during the year while money owed to the company increased from £4.3 million to £5.19 million.

Harlan Coben’s Stay Close is currently ranked in the top spot in Netflix’s Irish charts but Nesbitt’s most high-profile role over the last year was his smallest one in recent times when he made a brief, one-scene appearance in BBC’s hit police procedural drama Line of Duty.

Along with roles in Cold Feet and Stay Close, Nesbitt also played the lead role in Sky's Lucky Man, which has been one of the station's most successful original drama series to date.

Films

The 56-year-old actor has also starred in the award-winning Bloody Sunday, BBC’s hit prime-time drama the Missing and he gained worldwide recognition after featuring in the Hobbit series of films that have amassed almost $3 billion (€2.6 billion) at the box office.

Nesbitt's time playing the dwarf Bofur involved him spending a total of two years in New Zealand for the Hobbit series, undertaking what he called the "brutal" journey to New Zealand 12 times.

In 2016, Nesbitt was awarded an OBE in the British new year’s list for services to Northern Ireland and to acting after years of work helping families affected by the conflict.

Nesbitt initially had ambitions of being a teacher, but dropped out of his college course to pursue a career in acting.