James Nesbitt splits from wifeActor James Nesbitt has split from his wife of 19 years after they ‘drifted apart’. 

Former Cold Feet star James has been spending much of the past two years filming in New Zealand for his role in The Hobbit trilogy and it seems that the time apart proved too much for the couple to deal with.

According to sources James and Sonia, who have two daughters together, mutually made the decision to split and no one else is involved.

The source said: ‘The family were out there for a time from 2011 while Jimmy made the first film – but he travels a lot and work will certainly not have helped.

‘The separation’s entirely mutual and has not come about because either he or Sonia wants to get together with anyone else.’

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