Watching true crime series The Secret, you wouldn’t say that Nesbitt looks a lot like Irish dentist/murderer Colin Howell, but he brings his very own sense of menace to the role.
Nesbitt’s been practising for this part his whole career, as you can see from this litany of gurning performances.
In this six-part modern retelling of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson story, James was scary enough as the good-natured Dr Jekyll – but fully unleashed the facial fury as Mr Hyde.
This is where we first saw his creepy face – as Adam Williams in the couple centric comedy-drama series. Apparently they’re making a sixth series now, so we can get those “romantic” tingles all over again.
James played a genius neurosurgeon in this British series, which got two seasons of medical drama. This is exactly what you want to see looking down at you as the anaesthetic takes hold.
James got the chance to showcase his range in this UK drama series about a couple whose son goes missing in France. He may not be terrifying in an evil way, but this is the sort of physically confronting grief that can really ruin a funeral.
Tolkien purists were infuriated by the non-regulation dwarves in Peter Jackson’s trilogy, and the rest of us had hoped Bofur’s beard would mask some of the creepier parts of that mug. Somehow it’s even more menacing when he’s made up to look comical.
On the red carpet
Thankfully, he keeps that thing on a leash when he’s in public.
The Secret starts Wednesday, 7 September at 9:30pm (AEST) on SBS. The entire series is available on SBS On Demand.
Watch the first episode right here: