James Nesbitts drawn on eyebrows during One Show due to alopecia battle

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James Nesbitt surprised viewers as he sported unusually shaped eyebrows during Tuesday's appearance of The One Show, prompting speculation over if they were drawn on or fake.

And it has now been claimed that the 56 year old was wearing fake eyebrows as he has been secretly living with Alopecia which has caused the hair growth on his eyebrows and beard to thin out.

A source told MailOnline: "James has no issue at all with having Alopecia. He's been living with it for some time, and it does not affect his life in any way.

"James has never tried to hide it while away from filming. But when he's in character, it's normal for make-up to be applied on that area where there is now no hair."


The publication reports that the Cold Feet actor lives with the autoimmune condition called Alopecia Areata, which causes hair loss on the face, body, and scalp.

It affects only two per cent of the population, and American supermodel Tyra Banks and former Little Mix Singer Jesy Nelson are among the stars who also live with the condition.

OK! has contacted a representative for James for further comment.

The reports come after viewers were left baffled over his eyebrows and took to Twitter to speculate what the reason behind it was.

"Does anyone know what's happening to James Nesbitt's eyebrows? Sorry if I've missed some condition or otherwise meaning he has charcoal eyebrows drawn on by an angry toddler," one wrote.

Another said: "Has James Nesbitt's eyebrows got a life of their own. #theoneshow."

A third quipped: "Incredibly distracted by James Nesbitt's eyebrows #theoneshow."

James rose to fame in Cold Feet as Adam Williams between 1997 and 2003 before reprising the role in 2016.

With a career of acclaimed roles under his belt, James was presented with his Officer of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen in 2016.

The actor was recognised for his drama and his services to families affected by The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

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