ames Nesbitt may play a luck-controlling detective in Sky One drama Lucky Man but that’s far from where his good fortune ends. The charmed actor - who has often expressed his concerns about “over-exposure” - has enjoyed a three-decade career, from his early days on stage to countless TV hits that followed such as Bloody Sunday, Murphy’s Law, Jekyll and Occupation. Not to mention his film success with Five Minutes Of Heaven and The Hobbit trilogy.
“Michael Winterbottom, who I used to do a lot of jobs with, always used to say, ‘Your next job is your first job’ and that was really just about not getting complacent, not being wearied by it and being grateful for the privilege of luck,” begins Nesbitt, 53.
“Funnily enough - and I don’t think I’ve ever said this - I really have been a lucky man in terms of my career,” he reasons.
“But you work hard to be lucky in this business, and I feel that as long as people are prepared to keep watching me, hopefully people will be prepared to commission things, and I’ll be very happy to do them.”
If the past three years are anything to go by - Nesbitt has nailed the likes of a tormented father in The Missing, a maverick cop in Murphy’s Law, a killer dentist in The Secret and, of course, reprised his role as the lovable rapscallion Adam in cult hit Cold Feet - there’s plenty more to come.
Next, the Northern Irish star is set to please superhero fans with a third instalment of comic book legend Stan Lee’s creation Lucky Man.
The British crime drama - Sky’s most successful original drama to date - follows the trials and tribulations of Detective Inspector Harry Clayton (Nesbitt), who while strug-