James Nesbitt reveals why he signed up for Netflix’s Stay Close series

James Nesbitt said making a Netflix original series was “an opportunity to open a different door again.”

he Northern Irish actor, 56, stars in the upcoming thriller Stay Close, based on Harlan Coben’s book of the same name.

The eight-part crime drama sees Nesbitt play detective Michael Broome, who is haunted by an unsolved case, and stars acclaimed American screenwriter Coben as executive producer.


Jo Joyner and James Nesbitt in Stay Close (Photo credit: Vishal Sharma).

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Jo Joyner and James Nesbitt in Stay Close (Photo credit: Vishal Sharma).

Nesbitt told the PA News Agency, “I know I’ve played a lot of cop lately, that’s all I seem to do is play cop.

“Obviously people recognize the good in me, or the bad in me, but this character was optimistic.

“I’ve been playing a lot of extreme characters lately, and I just thought there was someone who’s one of the good guys in a way, but yet with a kind of complicated internal process that takes place in her life and in her listening, so I loved that.

“Everything I thought about this job, the boxes that we hope to be able to tick, it turns out that it was very easy at the beginning to be able to tick.

“Plus, I’ve never done a Netflix original series. I’ve never done anything like this before, and so because of the magnitude of it, this was an opportunity to open a different door again, when so many doors were closed.

The series, which focuses on “four people who hide dark secrets” from loved ones, also stars Cush Jumbo, Eddie Izzard, Jo Joyner, Sarah Parish, Richard Armitage and Daniel Francis.

Filming for the series took place earlier in the year in and around Manchester and the North West of England.

Speaking during the shoot in June and asked about the Covid restrictions, former EastEnders actress Joyner said of the cast’s first reading that she was “incredibly strange,” adding: “It was like being in something ET, we were in shower stalls with iPads and tests and masks.

Nesbitt added, “Even at the best of times I’m a terrible leader, pace and pace. My mom and dad, my whole childhood, they were the ones saying, “James, sit down.”

It was an opportunity to open a different door again, when so many doors were closedJames Nesbitt on signing up for Netflix’s Stay Close

“And so I guess I felt a bit caged in a way. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t in a very comfortable cage, I’m aware of that.

“But it was just funny, we were talking, Jo (Joyner) mentioned this reading, and I didn’t sit down, I didn’t stop and thought about it and, come back to think about it, a bunch of ‘actors, people in a Netflix series, very privileged and all that.

“But when I think back on that I see our version of what the world has become and it’s really, really painful, because there’s something really raw about it, because it actually opens up to me. a window into what happened.

“It just reminds me of my teenage daughters, who missed out on a lot.

“It’s snowballs and snowballs and God you hope it gets better, but you also hope people remember what has supported them through this, in terms of community and friendly support. “

Stay Close is the latest Netflix project from prolific American author Coben, as part of his five-year contract with the streaming giant.

His other television projects include The Stranger, The Five, and Safe.

Stay Close launches on Netflix on December 31.

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