JAMES Nesbitt is now worth a whopping £5.2 million after a series of big acting gigs over the years – and has treated himself to a pay rise.
The 56-year-old looks set for another big payday after filming BBC cop drama Bloodlands – which aired earlier this year – and snagging a part in Line Of Duty – both written by pal Jed Mercurio.
The popular star – who is best known for starring as Adam Williams in Cold Feet which returned for a further four series from 2016 to 2020 – paid himself £345,000 in dividends from his firm Brown Cow Films Ltd – up from £320,000 in the previous year.
And his most recent books filed at Companies House show he's helped himself £1.2 million in loans from the outfit over the last few years.
Figures reveal that in 2019, he paid £255,000 in Corporation Tax – meaning his taxable income was around five times that figure. The firm also has more than £1million in cash in its coffers.
He first came to prominence in Cold Feet in the 1990s and the show returned after he signed up to rejoin the other key cast members from the original series.
It followed the star playing the star role in prime-time Sky drama Lucky Man.
As well as Cold Feet, he is best known for his parts in Bloody Sunday, hit BBC prime-time drama The Missing and his role as dwarf Bofur in The Hobbit series of movies.
Last night he surprised fans when he popped up in Line Of Duty playing DCI Marcus Thurwell.
In 2016, he was awarded an OBE in the New Year honours list for services to acting and to Northern Ireland after years of work helping families affected by the conflict.
The star initially had ambitions of being a teacher but dropped out of his college course to pursue an acting career.
He said: "I've been very blessed with my work and very blessed to come from Northern Ireland and for those two things to be on the citation was really rather gratifying."
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