James Nesbitt 'suffering from DVT'
James Nesbitt is reportedly suffering from suspected deep vein thrombosis after making several long-haul flights to New Zealand to appear in The Hobbit.
The Cold Feet star is playing dwarf Bofur in Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings prequel, and has developed severe pains in his foot and ankle after flying back and forth between the UK and New Zealand to film, The Sun reports.
James, 45, was forced to seek medical advice at a charity golf day because of the pain, where he was reported to be seen limping around the course in agony.
After being examined by a doctor and haematologist, the Irish actor has apparently been told he has suspected DVT.
Last week Peter Jackson posted a picture of James in costume as Bofur, who has been described as "a disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave dwarf", wearing chunky fur boots and matching hat, a bushy beard and brandishing a club.
James said of filming on location in New Zealand: "It's quite daunting, the move for the family for a year - but we've been made to feel so welcome.
"The work is great, the place is beautiful, the people are great, the food's great, there's some decent wine here as well. It's just going so well."
The Hobbit will be released in two parts; The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again, with the first film due in cinemas in December 2012.