Cold Feet star James Nesbitt opens up about end of his 22 year marriage

Gemma Strong

It's been four months since James Nesbitt finalised his divorce from his wife of 22 years, Sonia Forbes-Adams. And in a new interview with the Radio Times, the Cold Feet star has opened up about the couple's split. "I certainly regret things, but I'm also aware that I can't change them," the 52-year-old Northern Irish actor said. "You can try to learn from it. I regret any pain that was caused."

He continued: "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'." James and Sonia finalised their divorce in October 2016, three years after they first announced they were "living separately". The former couple are parents to two grown-up daughters, Peggy and Mary.


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Cold Feet star James Nesbitt at the National Television Awards last month

James, meanwhile, also spoke to the magazine about his highly-publicised hair transplants, and revealed that they have not only given him a new lease of confidence, but have also benefitted his career. "I was very happy to be open about it," said The Missing star, who underwent several procedures over a number of years. "I just thought, 'Come on, somebody is going to say it before I say it'.". He added: "It was something I struggled with. And that was probably the vanity in me.

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James and Sonia with their daughters Mary and Peggy at the premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

"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." Despite his own cosmetic changes, James said he thought it was a shame when young men considered plastic surgery. "There always used to be the sense that age adds character," he commented. "You look at Samuel Beckett when he was older. Richard Harris. But I think with younger men it seems to be a big pressure."