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Nesbitt hits a rich vein of form as profits climb to €3.5m

Gordon Deegan

Published 05/01/2016 | 02:30

James Nesbitt in the Hobbit
James Nesbitt in the Hobbit
James Nesbitt

James Nesbitt's time playing a dwarf in the fantasy world of JRR 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.

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The Co Derry man is best known for roles in the drama Bloody Sunday and has gained worldwide recognition after featuring in The Hobbit series of films.

The hit drama where Nesbitt first gained noticed - the 1990s Cold Feet - is to return to TV screens later this year.

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.

Nesbitt's time playing the dwarf Bofur involved him spending a total of two years in New Zealand for the Hobbit series. However, all the effort seems to be worth it as new accounts lodged by Nesbitt's Brown Cow Films Ltd with Companies House

in the UK show that accumulated profits at the firm increased by £119,714 (€162,645) from £2.48m to £2.59m (€3.5m) in the 12 months to the end of March 31 2015.

The firm's cash pile more than doubled last year going from £353,291 to £825,921 (€1.12m).

Last week, Nesbitt was awarded an OBE in Queen Elizabeth's New Year's list for services to Northern Ireland and to acting after years of work helping families affected by the conflict.

Irish Independent

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