Thursday 19 October 2017

James Nesbitt: How a hair transplant boosted my TV career

James Nesbitt
James Nesbitt
James Nesbitt with the OBE he was awarded by the Queen at Buckingham Palace
James Nesbitt with a fuller head of hair
James Nesbitt on the Graham Norton Show

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Actor James Nesbitt has said his hair transplants handed him a new lease of confidence.

The Cold Feet star underwent the highly publicised transplants across several years and believes the treatment has benefited his career.

Speaking to the Radio Times, Nesbitt, (52), said: "I was very happy to be open about it. I just thought, 'Come on, somebody is going to say it before I say it'.

"It was something I struggled with. And that was probably the vanity in me. But also career-wise it had an impact; in terms of the range of leading roles I've had since then it's probably helped."

James Nesbitt with a fuller head of hair
James Nesbitt with a fuller head of hair

Asked if he thinks that men are now under the same pressure as woman to stay youthful, Nesbitt agreed, adding he thought it was a shame that young men consider plastic surgery.

He said: "There always used to be the sense that age adds character. You look at Samuel Beckett when he was older, Richard Harris, but I think with younger men it seems to be a big pressure."

James Nesbitt on the Graham Norton Show
James Nesbitt on the Graham Norton Show

His transplant was carried out in several stages at the Hair Restoration Blackrock clinic in Dublin, which charges around £20,000 for the procedure.

Nesbitt described his surgeon, Dr Maurice Collins, as “a genius”. He has recorded a testimonial video for the clinic’s website, in which he said of the procedures: “I’d go so far as to say they’ve changed my life.”

He's one of the many male celebrities to go public with their hair transplant stories, joining the likes of Robbie Williams, who had a transplant in his 30s, and Wayne Rooney, who announced the news on Twitter by saying: “I was going bald at 25, so why not?”

Hair replacement is also peculiarly popular amongst cricketers, including Shane Warne, Graham Gooch and Darren Gough.

Nesbitt recently split with his wife Sonia Forbes-Adam after 22 years of marriage, and the father-of-two said he regrets the amount of time he has put into work.

"I certainly regret things, but I'm also aware that I can't change them. You can try to learn from it. I regret any pain that was caused."

He added: " I think separating has an impact because you look at why it happened and you see mistakes that were made.

"I'm lucky enough to be able to look back at stuff and say, 'Oh well that was then, I've had a good lash at that, and this is now'."

“I went public with it. I was very happy to be open about it. I just thought, ‘Come on, somebody is going to say it before I say it.’

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