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Nighy at the 69th Golden Globe Awards in 2012
12 December 1949 |
Caterham, Surrey, England
|Partner||Diana Quick (1980–2008)|
|Parents||Alfred Martin Nighy and Catherine Josephine Nighy (née Whittaker).|
|Relatives||Martin (brother), Anna (sister)|
William Francis "Bill" Nighy (pronounced NYE //; born 12 December 1949) is an English actor and comedian. He worked in theatre and television before his first cinema role in 1981, and made his name in television with The Men's Room in 1991, in which he played the womanizer Prof. Mark Carleton, whose extra-marital affairs kept him "vital".
He became known around the world in 2003 for his critically acclaimed performance in Love Actually. Other notable roles in cinema include his portrayal of Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, as well as Viktor in the Underworld film series.
He is also known for his roles in the films Lawless Heart, I Capture the Castle, Shaun of the Dead, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Hot Fuzz, Valkyrie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, and Rango. His performances were also acclaimed in the State of Play series and in the TV movies The Girl in the Café, Gideon's Daughter and Page Eight, for which he earned Golden Globe nominations, winning one for Gideon's Daughter.
Nighy was born in Caterham, Surrey. His mother, Catherine Josephine Nighy (née Whittaker), was a psychiatric nurse who was born in Glasgow, and his father, Alfred Martin Nighy, managed a car garage after working in the family chimney sweeping business. Of part Irish descent, Nighy was raised Roman Catholic, serving as an altar boy. He has two elder siblings, Martin and Anna. Nighy attended The John Fisher School, a Roman Catholic Grammar School in Purley, where he was a member of the school theatre group. He left the school with two O-levels and then took a job with the Croydon Advertiser as a messenger boy. He went on to train at the Guildford School of Acting, known at the time as The Guildford School of Dance and Drama.
After two seasons at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, Nighy made his London stage debut at the National Theatre in an epic staging of Ken Campbell and Chris Langham's Illuminatus!, which opened the new Cottesloe Theatre on 4 March 1977, and went on to appear in two David Hare premieres, also at the National. During the 1980s, he appeared in several television productions, among them Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil, alongside John Shea and Tony Randall.
He has starred in many radio and television dramas, notably the BBC serial The Men's Room (1991). He claimed that the serial, an Ann Oakley novel adapted by Laura Lamson, was the job which launched his career. More recently he has featured in the thriller State of Play (2003) and costume drama He Knew He Was Right (2004). He played Samwise Gamgee in the 1981 BBC Radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings (where he was credited as William Nighy), and appeared in the 1980s BBC Radio versions of Yes Minister episodes. He starred alongside Stephen Moore and Lesley Sharp in the acclaimed short radio drama Kerton's Story first aired in 1996. He had a starring role in the 2002 return of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, portraying crooked politician Jeffrey Grainger. He has also made a guest appearance in the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi.
Two of Nighy's most acclaimed stage performances were in National Theatre productions. Taking the role of Bernard Nightingale, an unscrupulous university don, in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia (1993), he engaged in witty exchanges with Felicity Kendal, playing the role of Hannah Jarvis, an author; and he played a consultant psychiatrist in Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange (2000), for which he won an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor, and which transferred to the West End at the Duchess Theatre the following year.
Nighy received some recognition by American audiences for his acclaimed portrayal of overaged rock star Ray Simms in the 1998 film Still Crazy. In 1999 he gained further prominence in the UK with the starring role in "The Photographer", an episode of the award-winning BBC-TV mockumentary comedy series People Like Us, playing Will Rushmore, a middle aged man who has abandoned his career and family in the deluded belief that he can achieve success as a commercial photographer.
In 2003, Nighy played the role of the Vampire Elder Viktor in the American production Underworld and returned in the same role for the sequel Underworld: Evolution in 2006 and again in the prequel Underworld: Rise of the Lycans in 2009. In February 2004, he was awarded the BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as shameless, washed-up rocker Billy Mack in Love Actually (a role foreshadowed by his Still Crazy character) and followed this up at the BAFTA Television Awards in April with the Best Actor award for State of Play. He also appeared in the comedy Shaun of the Dead.
In early 2004, The Sunday Times reported that Nighy was on the shortlist for role of the Ninth Doctor in the 2005 revival of the BBC television series Doctor Who. Christopher Eccleston ultimately filled the role.
In 2005, he appeared as Slartibartfast in the film adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He also appeared in the one-off BBC One comedy-drama The Girl in the Café. In February 2006, he appeared in scriptwriter Stephen Poliakoff's one-off drama, Gideon's Daughter. Nighy played the lead character, Gideon, a successful events organiser who begins to lose touch with the world around him. This performance won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Mini-series or TV Movie in January 2007. Also in 2006, Nighy made his Broadway debut at the Music Box Theatre alongside Julianne Moore in The Vertical Hour, directed by Sam Mendes.
In 2006, Nighy featured in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, where he played the principal villain, Davy Jones, although his face was entirely obscured by computer-generated makeup and he voiced the character with a Scots accent. He reprised the role in the 2007 sequel, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, in which his real face was briefly revealed in one scene. He also provided the narration for the Animal Planet series Meerkat Manor. Recently, he played the role of Richard Hart in Notes on a Scandal, for which he was nominated for a London Film Critics Circle award. Nighy also appeared as General Friedrich Olbricht, one of the principal conspirators, in the 2008 film Valkyrie. He had played an SS officer in the 1985 Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil. Nighy has starred in the film Wild Target.
In July 2009, he announced that he would play Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Nighy had already worked with director David Yates three times, and with the majority of the Harry Potter cast in previous movies. He has said of his role as Rufus Scrimgeour that it meant he was no longer the only English actor not to be in Harry Potter.
Nighy voiced Grandsanta in the 2011 CGI animated movie Arthur Christmas. In 2012, he starred in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Wrath of the Titans, and will appear in Jack the Giant Killer and the remake of Total Recall.
He is a supporter of Crystal Palace and is the Patron of the CPFRIS (Crystal Palace F.C. Fast Results & Information Service) Disabled Children's Club, and of the Ann Craft Trust. He is also one of the Honorary Patrons of the London children's charity Scene & Heard. He suffers from Dupuytren's contracture, a condition which causes the ring and little finger of each hand to be permanently bent inwards towards the palm.
|1981||Eye of the Needle||Squadron Leader Blenkinsop|
|1983||Curse of the Pink Panther||ENT Doctor|
|1984||The Little Drummer Girl||Al|
|1985||Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil||Helmut Hoffmann|
|Thirteen at Dinner||Ronald Marsh|
|1989||The Phantom of the Opera: The Motion Picture||Martin Barton|
|1997||FairyTale: A True Story||Edward Gardner|
|1998||Still Crazy||Ray Simms||First lead role
Peter Sellers Award for Comedy
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
|1999||Guest House Paradiso||Mr. Johnson|
|2001||Blow Dry||Raymond "Ray" Robertson|
|Lawless Heart||Dan||LAFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor (also for AKA, Love Actually, and I Capture the Castle)
Nominated—BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a British Independent Film
|Lucky Break||Roger "Rog" Chamberlain|
|2002||AKA||Uncle Louis Gryffoyn||LAFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor (also for Lawless Heart, Love Actually, and I Capture the Castle)|
|2003||Ready When You Are, Mr McGill||Phil Parish|
|Love Actually||Billy Mack||ALFS Award for Best Supporting Actor
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
LAFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor (also for Lawless Heart, AKA, and I Capture the Castle)
Peter Sellers Award for Comedy
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
|I Capture the Castle||James Mortmain||LAFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor (also for Lawless Heart, AKA, and Love Actually)|
|2004||Shaun of the Dead||Phillip|
|2005||The Magic Roundabout||Dylan||Voice only (United Kingdom version)|
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Slartibartfast|
|The Constant Gardener||Sir Bernard Pellegrin||Nominated—BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor/Actress|
|Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest||Davy Jones||Teen Choice Award – Choice Sleazebag
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
|Notes on a Scandal||Richard Hart||Nominated—ALFS Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2007||Hot Fuzz||Ch. Insp. Kenneth|
|Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End||Davy Jones||Teen Choice Award for Best Villain|
|2008||Valkyrie||Friedrich Olbricht||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2009||Underworld: Rise of the Lycans||Viktor|
|The Boat That Rocked||Quentin|
|Astro Boy||Professor Simon Elefun/Robotsky||Voice only|
|Statuesque||Mr. Jellaby||Short film|
|Glorious 39||Sir Alexander|
|2010||Wild Target||Victor Maynard|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1||Rufus Scrimgeour|
|2011||Rango||Rattlesnake Jake||Voice only|
|Arthur Christmas||Grandsanta||Voice only
Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
|2012||The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel||Douglas|
|Underworld: Awakening||Viktor||(archive footage from the previous three films)|
|Wrath of the Titans||Hephaestus|
|2013||Jack the Giant Killer||Fallon (Big Head)||post-production|
|1981||Agony||Vincent Flash||Series 2|
|1982||Minder "Looking for Micky"||Oates|
|1985||The Last Place on Earth|
|1991||Bergerac "All for Love"|
|1994||Wycliffe "The Four Jacks"||David Cleeve|
|1998||Kiss Me Kate||Cameron|
|2002||Auf Wiedersehen, Pet||Jeffrey Grainger||Series 3|
|The Inspector Lynley Mysteries "Well Schooled in Murder"|
|2003||State of Play||Cameron Foster||British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor
Nominated—RTS Television Award for Best Actor – Male
|The Lost Prince||Arthur Bigge, 1st Baron Stamfordham||Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film|
|2004||He Knew He Was Right||Colonel Osborne|
|2005||The Girl in the Café||Lawrence||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television|
|Gideon's Daughter||Gideon Warner||Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
|2010||Doctor Who||Dr. Black||Uncredited
episode "Vincent and the Doctor"
|2011||Page Eight||Johnny Worricker||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
|8 March 1981 – 30 August 1981||The Lord of the Rings||Sam Gamgee||J.R.R. Tolkien dramatised by Brian Sibley and Michael Bakewell||Jane Morgan and Penny Leicester||BBC Radio 4|
|18 October 1983 – 15 November 1983||Yes, Minister||Frank Weisel||Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn adapted for radio by Pete Atkin||Pete Atkin||BBC Radio 4|
|30 April 1994||Ancient Enemies||Elizabeth North||BBC Radio 4|
|21 August 1999||So Much Blood||Charles Paris||Simon Brett dramatised by Bert Coules||Gaynor Macfarlane||BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play|
|6 January 2002||Blue/Orange||Joe Penhall||BBC Radio 4|
|21 March 2003||Baldi: The Book Case||O'Connor||Simon Brett||Mark Lambert||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
|19 April 2003||Turtle Diary||William||Russell Hoban||Gaynor Macfarlane||BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play|
|25 September 2004||A Series of Murders||Charles Paris||Simon Brett dramatised by Jeremy Front||BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play|
|29 December 2004||All Fingers and Thumbs||Tom||Alan Stafford||Dirk Maggs||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
|30 August 2006 – 20 September 2006||A Charles Paris Mystery: Sicken and So Die||Charles Paris||Simon Brett dramatised by Jeremy Front||Sally Avens||BBC Radio 4|
|19 October 2007 – 9 November 2007||A Charles Paris Mystery: Murder Unprompted||Charles Paris||Simon Brett dramatised by Jeremy Front||Sally Avens||BBC Radio 4|
|17 July 2008||I Wish to Apologise for My Part in the Apocalypse||Keith||Duncan Macmillan||Sam Hoyle||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
|10 December 2008 – 31 December 2008||A Charles Paris Mystery: Dead Side of the Mic||Charles Paris||Simon Brett dramatised by Jeremy Front||Sally Avens||BBC Radio 4|
|26 December 2009||Educating Rita||Frank||Willy Russell||Kirsty Williams||BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play|
|2 January 2010||Private Lives||Elyot||Noël Coward||Sally Avens||BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play|
|29 January 2010 – 19 February 2010||A Charles Paris Mystery: Cast in Order of Disappearance||Charles Paris||Simon Brett dramatised by Jeremy Front||Sally Avens||BBC Radio 4|
|22 November 2010 – 13 December 2010||A Charles Paris Mystery: Murder in the Title||Charles Paris||Simon Brett dramatised by Jeremy Front||Sally Avens||BBC Radio 4|
|20 April 2011||The Bat Man||Christopher||Amelia Bullmore||Mary Peate||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Bill Nighy|
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