The star of “Bloody Sunday” and “Waking Ned Devine” has been living his own version of a tabloid nightmare these past few weeks, as lurid stories about out of control partying and assorted extramarital hanky-panky have hit the UK tabloids. But, to his credit, the Ulsterman has handled the scandal with dignity.
“It is my life,” the actor told an audience at the Millennium Forum in Derry last week, where he was due to appear on a chat show.
“I’m deeply embarrassed about it,” he admitted. “I let a lot of people down and for that I apologize.”
Nesbitt revealed that he and his wife are trying to move past his transgressions and start over.
“It’s been a desperate time. I acted like an eejit. I was irresponsible,” he declared.
The actor mentioned that he and his lawyers are investigating some of the allegations, which he said were false. But he is also refreshingly philosophical.
“There’s no smoke without fire,” he said ruefully. “It’s deeply embarrassing. You have to live with it and learn from it.”