Bill Nighy

Actor
Despite decades on the British dramatic stage and in small, offbeat comedies, Bill Nighy remained one of England's best kept secrets until scene-stealing supporting roles in a number of mainstream American hits led to ... Read more »
Born: 12/12/1949 in Surrey, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (72)

Dad's Army 2015 (Movie)

Sergeant Wilson (Actor)

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2015 (Movie)

Douglas Ainslie (Actor)

A Fox's Tale 2014 (Movie)

Voice of Ringmaster (Actor)

I, Frankenstein 2014 (Movie)

Naberius (Actor)

Pride 2014 (Movie)

Cliff (Actor)

About Time 2013 (Movie)

Dad (Actor)

Great White Sharks 3D 2013 (Movie)

(Voice)

Jack The Giant Slayer 2013 (Movie)

General Fallon (Actor)

Trap for Cinderella 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2012 (Movie)

Douglas Ainslie (Actor)

Total Recall 2012 (Movie)

Matthias (Actor)

Wrath of the Titans 2012 (Movie)

Hephaestus (Actor)

Arthur Christmas 2011 (Movie)

Grandsanta (Voice)

Killing Bono 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

London - The Modern Babylon 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rango 2011 (Movie)

Rattlesnake Jake (Voice)

The Chalet Girl 2011 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 (Movie)

Rufus Scrimgeour (Actor)

Page Eight 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wild Target 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Astro Boy 2009 (Movie)

Dr. Elefun/Robtsky (Voice)

G-Force 2009 (Movie)

Saber (Actor)

Glorious 39 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pirate Radio 2009 (Movie)

Quentin (Actor)

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans 2009 (Movie)

Viktor (Actor)

Valkyrie 2008 (Movie)

General Friedrich Olbricht (Actor)

Hot Fuzz 2007 (Movie)

Metropolitan Police Chief Inspector (Actor)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 (Movie)

Davy Jones (Actor)

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker 2006 (Movie)

Alan Blunt (Actor)

Flushed Away 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Whitey (Actor)

Notes on a Scandal 2006 (Movie)

Richard Hart (Actor)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 (Movie)

Davey Jones (Actor)

Underworld: Evolution 2006 (Movie)

Viktor (Actor)

The Constant Gardener 2005 (Movie)

Sir Bernard Pellegrin (Actor)

The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy 2005 (Movie)

Slartibartfast (Actor)

The Magic Roundabout 2005 (Movie)

Dylan (Voice)

Enduring Love 2004 (Movie)

Robin (Actor)

He Knew He Was Right 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Shaun of the Dead 2004 (Movie)

Philip (Actor)

AKA 2003 (Movie)

Louis Gryffoyn (Actor)

I Capture the Castle 2003 (Movie)

Mortmain (Actor)

Love Actually 2003 (Movie)

Billy Mack (Actor)

State of Play 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Canterbury Tales 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lawless Heart 2003 (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

Underworld 2003 (Movie)

Viktor (Actor)

Lucky Break 2002 (Movie)

Roger Chamberlain (Actor)

Blow Dry 2001 (Movie)

Ray Robertson (Actor)

Guest House Paradiso 2000 (Movie)

Mr Johnson (Actor)

The Canterbury Tales 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Still Crazy 1998 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Alive & Kicking 1997 (Movie)

Tristan (Actor)

Fairytale - A True Story 1997 (Movie)

Edward Gardner (Actor)

Being Human 1994 (Movie)

Julian (Actor)

Unnatural Causes 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Antonia and Jane 1991 (Movie)

Howard Nash (Actor)

Mack the Knife 1990 (Movie)

Tiger Brown (Actor)

The Phantom of the Opera 1989 (Movie)

Barton (Actor)

Agatha Christie's "Thirteen at Dinner" 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Place on Earth 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Little Drummer Girl 1984 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

Curse of the Pink Panther 1983 (Movie)

ENT Doctor (Actor)

Eye of the Needle 1981 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Bitch 1979 (Movie)

Delivery Boy (Actor)

Absolute Hell (TV Show)

Actor

Gideon's Daughter (TV Show)

Actor

Longitude (TV Show)

Actor

The Girl in the Café (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost Prince (TV Show)

Actor

The Young Visiters (TV Show)

Actor
Music (3)

Arthur Christmas 2011 (Movie)

("Make Someone Happy") (Song Performer)

Love Actually 2003 (Movie)

("Christmas Is All Around") (Song Performer)

Still Crazy 1998 (Movie)

vocals (Music)
Producer (1)

Page Eight 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Despite decades on the British dramatic stage and in small, offbeat comedies, Bill Nighy remained one of England's best kept secrets until scene-stealing supporting roles in a number of mainstream American hits led to his remarkable success after the age of 50. Following his series role on the widely acclaimed British serial "State of Play" (BBC One, 2003), Nighy had his international breakthrough with his casting as the villainous Viktor in the "Underworld" horror-action series and earned critical acclaim for the spark he injected into "Love Actually" (2003) with his role of an aging rock star. His lean, elegant stature immediately found a niche in witty blockbusters like "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005), while his portrayal of the cephalopod Davy Jones in the second and third installments of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise (2006-07) introduced him to a wider audience. He delivered strong performances in historical dramas as well, namely "The Constant Gardner" (2005) and "Valkyrie" (2008), and displayed his lighter side in whimsical comedies like "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (2012). Staying true to his roots as both a dramatic and comedic performer, Nighy managed to stay relevant to contemporary audiences on both sides of the Atlantic without sacrificing his stature as one of Britain's finest performers.

Relationships

Alfred Nighy

Father
Managed a car garage

Mary Nighy Actor

Daughter
Born July 17, 1984; mother, Diana Quick

Catherine Nighy

Mother

Martin Nighy

Brother

Anna Nighy

Sister

Diana Quick Actor

Companion
Were in a relationship for 27 years; never married, but had one child together Split in August 2008

EDUCATION

The John Fisher School

Purley , Surrey

The Guildford School of Dance and Drama

Guildford , Surrey

Milestones

2013

Played one-half of a two-headed giant in action fantasy film "Jack the Giant Slayer"

2013

Featured in Richard Curtis' "About Time"

2012

Replaced Paul Kynman in role of Hephaestus in fantasy adventure sequel "Wrath of the Titans"

2012

Co-starred in ensemble comedy drama "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

2011

Voiced Rattlesnake Jake in computer-animated comedy "Rango"

2011

Voiced character of Grandsanta in animated feature "Arthur Christmas"

2010

Cast as Rufus Scrimgeour for seventh and final installment of series "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"; film released in two parts, Part 1 in November 2010 and Part 2 in July 2011

2009

Played the ship's Captain Quentin in Richard Curtis' "Pirate Radio"

2009

Reprised role of Viktor for "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans"

2008

Co-starred opposite Tom Cruise in WWII thriller "Valkyrie"

2007

Reprised role of Davy Jones for "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"

2006

Played Cate Blanchett's husband in critically acclaimed "Notes on a Scandal"

2006

Cast as Davey Jones in Gore Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"

2006

Reprised vampire role in Len Wiseman helmed sequel "Underworld: Evolution"

2006

Portrayed Oliver, a reclusive doctor hostile to the war in Iraq in David Hare's Broadway play "The Vertical Hour"

2006

Played a public relations guru in BBC America's romantic drama "Gideon's Daughter"

2005

Co-starred with Kelly Macdonald in HBO movie "The Girl in the Cafe"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a TV movie

2005

Appeared in Fernando Meirelles directed thriller "The Constant Gardener"

2004

Cast in zombie comedy "Shaun of the Dead"

2004

Co-starred in thriller "Enduring Love"

2003

Played a burned-out rock star whose career gets rejuvenated by Christmas hit 'Love Is All Around Us' in ensemble romantic comedy "Love Actually," directed by Richard Curtis

2003

Portrayed a vampire in Len Wiseman directed "Underworld"

2001

Co-starred with Alan Rickman and Josh Hartnett, as Ray Roberts the reigning hairdressing champion in "Blow Dry"

2001

Starred in Peter Cattaneo's "Lucky Break"

1998

Co-starred with Stephen Rea and Billy Connolly in "Still Crazy"

1995

Appeared in David Hare's London play "Skylight"

1991

Cast in London production of Harold Pinter's play "Betrayal"

1991

Played Prof. Mark Carleton on sexually-charged British series "The Men's Room"

1990

Appeared opposite Raul Julia and Richard Harris in "Mack the Knife"

1989

Starred as Barton in "The Phantom of the Opera"

1985

Co-starred with John Shea in TV movie "Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil"

1983

Had a small role as an ENT Doctor in Blake Edwards' "Curse of the Pink Panther"

1981

Made feature film debut in Richard Marquand's "Eye of the Needle"

1980

Made TV series debut on British sitcom "Agony"

1977

Made London stage debut at the National Theatre in "Illuminatus!"

Bonus Trivia

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"It was an amazing experience. There were 22 leading players and the set was like a vast rich man’s caravan park, with all these expensive trailers with stars. I had the time of my life just wandering among them." – Nighy talks about working on "Love Actually" to SAGA magazine, February 2004

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