James Nesbitt joins The Hobbit

James Nesbitt

James Nesbitt has signed on to play dwarf Bofur in Peter Jackson’s two-part adaptation of The Hobbit .

The actor should feel pretty at home on the movie set, considering he’ll be among other Brit TV talents Richard Armitage ( Spooks, Robin Hood ), Aidan Turner ( Being Human ) and Rob Kazinsky ( EastEnders ).

“James’ charm, warmth and wit are legendary as is his range as an actor in both comedic and dramatic roles,” says Peter Jackson. “We feel very lucky to be able to welcome him as one of our cast.”

Meanwhile, acting newbie Adam Brown has been enlisted to play Ori, yet another member of the company of dwarves who set out to free the Lonely Mountain of Smaug.

“Adam is a wonderfully expressive actor and has a unique screen presence,” Jackson reveals.

Next up: Barbara Windsor as one of the novel’s man-eating trolls…