Actor James Nesbitt sees Brown Cow Film firm’s profits top €3.5m

James Nesbitt’s time playing a dwarf in the fantasy world of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit continued to pay rich dividends last year with profits at his entertainment firm increasing by over €160,000 to top €3.5m.

The Antrim-born actor — best known for roles in the TV drama, Cold Feet, Bloody Sunday, and the BBC’s hit primetime drama, The Missing — has gained worldwide recognition after featuring in The Hobbit series of films.

The third of the Hobbitt trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies, was released worldwide in cinemas in December 2014 generating global box office revenues of $955m and Mr Nesbitt’s time playing the dwarf, Bofur involved him spending a total of two years in New Zealand.

Last year saw the fourth consecutive period of profit growth for the actor’s Brown Cow Films firm and its cash pile more than doubled to £825,921 in the 12 months to the end of last March.

Mr Nesbitt — who, last week, was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s honours list for services to Northern Ireland and to acting — has signed up for this year’s return of 1990s hit drama Cold Feet.

On his OBE last week, Nesbitt said in a press interview: “I’ve been blessed with my work and blessed to come from Northern Ireland, and for those two things to be on the citation was gratifying.”

He added that appearing in films about Northern Ireland and the bloodiest chapter in its history came with a weight of responsibility. “You cannot help the feeling the responsibility is a wee bit heavier,” he said.


Lifestyle

SECOND Captains is one of the long-running success stories in Irish podcasting. Ostensibly a sports show led by Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early, and Ciarán Murphy, the former Off The Ball team from Newstalk launched the podcast in mid-2013. two Monday shows are offered for free, with Tuesday-Friday behind a Patreon subscriber model and dubbed ‘The World Service’. It has more than 11,500 subscribers.Podcast Corner: First-class podcasts from Second Captains

The incredible life of Ireland’s first celebrity chef has been turned into a play, writes Colette SheridanHow Maura Laverty cooked up a storm

Their paths first crossed on the top floor of the library at University College Cork in October 2010 when both were students there so Amy Coleman and Steven Robinson were delighted to retrace their footsteps on their big day.Wedding of the Week: College sweethearts open new chapter

Peter Dowdall reveals why all roads will lead to Tullow in County Carlow on February 1Snowdrop patrol: Why all roads will lead to County Carlow

More From The Irish Examiner