Cold Feet actor James Nesbitt has paid a touching tribute to his father James Nesbitt Snr who has died at the age of 91.
The actor revealed his dad, a retired school headmaster, had died in a statement released on Friday (14 August).
The 55-year-old described his father as a "wonderful parent" and a "brilliant teacher" as well as speaking of fond memories they shared.
The statement read: “Dad wasn’t only a wonderful parent, he was my inspirational teacher and a good friend.
“Generations of primary school children in rural Northern Ireland were taught a love of literature, arts, music, science and sport thanks to dad.
“As well as being a brilliant teacher he was a passionate Coleraine football fan.
“One of my most cherished memories is of being with him to watch Coleraine lift the Irish Cup two years ago at which dad was presented with Skinner Bradley’s winning medal.
“He leaves behind a family who will miss him more than words can say and I speak for myself, and my sisters Margaret, Kathryn and Andrea, when I say that he was a truly great man, and a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather.”
Coleraine FC also paid tribute to James Snr.
Chairman Colin McKendry said: "James got to know the players personally and travelled on the team bus to many of our big matches, including the Irish Cup win in 2018.
— Coleraine FC (@ColeraineFC) August 14, 2020
"Unfortunately he wasn't able to go to many matches recently due to ill health but I'm sure he would have been proud of our efforts last season. Not only was James a fantastic supporter, but he was also a great sponsor and we are indebted to him."
Though best known for playing Cold Feet character Adam, Nesbitt also appeared in the Hobbit trilogy, and was the lead role in Stan Lee’s Lucky Man.