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James Nesbitt: Hair transplants have helped me get leading roles

James Nesbitt
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Cold Feet star James Nesbitt has confessed the hair transplants he has undergone have helped his confidence and helped the range of roles he's secured

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 benefitted his career.

Speaking to the Radio Times, Northern Irish star James , 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.”

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Asked if he thinks that men are now under the same pressure as women to stay youthful, James 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 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.

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“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’.”