James NesbittHere's a tip: If you want to get to know the actors who will be playing key dwarves in Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit,' start watching more British television. Martin Freeman, who has been cast as Bilbo Baggins, has been absolutely smashing as a modern-day Dr. Watson in Brit TV series 'Sherlock.' Now he's being joined by James Nesbitt, who was absolutely mesmerizing as a modern-day 'Jekyll' in the 2007 Brit TV show of the same name (pictured). Nesbitt will play a dwarf named Bofur, according to Heat Vision, which also reports that Adam Brown will play Ori, a dragon-fighting dwarf.

Brown appears to be an unknown commodity, but Nesbitt has built a solid career over more than 20 years of acting. He's probably most familiar in the US for playing a passionate civil rights leader in Paul Greengrass' 'Bloody Sunday' and as a father still grieving for his late wife in Danny Boyle's 'Millions.' Bofur accompanies Bilbo and Thorin (Richard Armitage) on an important quest, and so the addition of Nesbitt in what looks like a major supporting role is good news for fans.

Still up in the air? Gandalf.
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
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Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) lives a simple life with his fellow hobbits in the shire, until the wizard... Read More

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