Award-winning actor best known for his work in Cold Feet and for starring as the title character, Tommy Murphy, in Murphy's Law.
He had hopes of becoming a Manchester United football player, or a Teacher like his father.
He lived with Games of Throne actor Jerome Flynn in the early 1990s.
He got married to Sonia Forbes-Adam in 1994. He has two daughters, actresses Mary and Peggy Nesbitt.
He starred in the 2012 film The Hobbit alongside Martin Freeman.