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Bill Nighy

                   
Bill Nighy
photograph
Nighy at the 69th Golden Globe Awards in 2012
Born (1949-12-12) 12 December 1949 (age 62)
Caterham, Surrey, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 1975–present
Partner Diana Quick (1980–2008)
Children Mary Nighy
Parents Alfred Martin Nighy and Catherine Josephine Nighy (née Whittaker).
Relatives Martin (brother), Anna (sister)
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William Francis "Bill" Nighy (pronounced NYE play /ˈn/;[1] 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".[2]

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.

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  Early life and education

Nighy was born in Caterham, Surrey. His mother, Catherine Josephine Nighy (née Whittaker), was a psychiatric nurse who was born in Glasgow,[3] and his father, Alfred Martin Nighy, managed a car garage after working in the family chimney sweeping business.[4] Of part Irish descent, Nighy was raised Roman Catholic, serving as an altar boy.[5] 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.[6] He went on to train at the Guildford School of Acting, known at the time as The Guildford School of Dance and Drama.[7]

  Career

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.[8] 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 outside the Music Box Theatre on Broadway following a performance of The Vertical Hour, 15 January 2007

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.[9] 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.[10]

In July 2009, he announced that he would play Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.[11] 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.[11]

Nighy voiced Grandsanta in the 2011 CGI animated movie Arthur Christmas.[12] 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.[13]

  Personal life

Nighy had a 27-year-relationship with English actress Diana Quick, with whom he has a daughter, actress Mary Nighy. The couple "amicably separated" in 2008.[14]

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.[15] He is also one of the Honorary Patrons of the London children's charity Scene & Heard.[16] 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.[7]

Nighy is also a patron for The Milton Rooms, a new Arts centre in Malton, North Yorkshire, along with Imelda Staunton, Jools Holland and Kathy Burke.[17]

  Filmography

  Films

Year Film Role Notes
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
1994 Being Human Julian
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)
Underworld Viktor
2004 Shaun of the Dead Phillip
Enduring Love Robin
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
2006 Underworld: Evolution Viktor
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
Stormbreaker Alan Blunt
Flushed Away Whitey
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
G-Force Leonard Saber
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
Chalet Girl Richard
Arthur Christmas Grandsanta Voice only
Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production[18]
2012 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Douglas
Underworld: Awakening Viktor (archive footage from the previous three films)
Wrath of the Titans Hephaestus
Total Recall Kuato post-production
2013 Jack the Giant Killer Fallon (Big Head) post-production

  Television

Year Title Role Notes
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
1995 Llety Piod
1998 Kiss Me Kate Cameron
2000 Longitude Lord Sandwich
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[19]
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film

  Video game

Year Serie Role
2009 G-Force Leonard Saber

  Selected performances

  Theatre

  Radio

Date Title Role Author Director Station
01981-03-088 March 198101981-08-3030 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
01983-10-1818 October 198301983-11-1515 November 1983 Yes, Minister Frank Weisel Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn adapted for radio by Pete Atkin Pete Atkin BBC Radio 4
01994-04-3030 April 1994 Ancient Enemies Elizabeth North BBC Radio 4
01999-08-2121 August 1999 So Much Blood Charles Paris Simon Brett dramatised by Bert Coules Gaynor Macfarlane BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play
02002-01-066 January 2002 Blue/Orange Joe Penhall BBC Radio 4
02003-03-2121 March 2003 Baldi: The Book Case O'Connor Simon Brett Mark Lambert BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
02003-04-1919 April 2003 Turtle Diary William Russell Hoban Gaynor Macfarlane BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play
02004-09-2525 September 2004 A Series of Murders Charles Paris Simon Brett dramatised by Jeremy Front BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play
02004-12-2929 December 2004 All Fingers and Thumbs Tom Alan Stafford Dirk Maggs BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
02006-08-3030 August 200602006-09-2020 September 2006 A Charles Paris Mystery: Sicken and So Die[21] Charles Paris Simon Brett dramatised by Jeremy Front Sally Avens BBC Radio 4
02007-10-1919 October 200702007-11-099 November 2007 A Charles Paris Mystery: Murder Unprompted[22] Charles Paris Simon Brett dramatised by Jeremy Front Sally Avens BBC Radio 4
02008-07-1717 July 2008 I Wish to Apologise for My Part in the Apocalypse[23] Keith Duncan Macmillan Sam Hoyle BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
02008-12-1010 December 200802008-12-3131 December 2008 A Charles Paris Mystery: Dead Side of the Mic[24] Charles Paris Simon Brett dramatised by Jeremy Front Sally Avens BBC Radio 4
02009-12-2626 December 2009 Educating Rita[25] Frank Willy Russell Kirsty Williams BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play
02010-01-022 January 2010 Private Lives[26] Elyot Noël Coward Sally Avens BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play
02010-01-2929 January 201002010-02-1919 February 2010 A Charles Paris Mystery: Cast in Order of Disappearance[27] Charles Paris Simon Brett dramatised by Jeremy Front Sally Avens BBC Radio 4
02010-11-2222 November 201002010-12-1313 December 2010 A Charles Paris Mystery: Murder in the Title[28] Charles Paris Simon Brett dramatised by Jeremy Front Sally Avens BBC Radio 4
02011-04-2020 April 2011 The Bat Man[29] Christopher Amelia Bullmore Mary Peate BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play

  References

  1. ^ Bill Nighy – Nighy Accepts Surname Mispronunciation. contactmusic.com. 30 June 2006. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  2. ^ The Men's Room, The Internet Movie Database, accessed 23 November 2009.
  3. ^ Shaitly, Shahesta (4 July 2010). "Bill Nighy: five things I know about style". The Observer (UK). http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/jul/04/shahesta-shaitly-five-things-know-style-bill-nighy. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Bill Nighy: the thinking woman's bagel The Independent, 19 February 2006; Family Detective The Daily Telegraph.
  5. ^ Wills, Dominic. "Bill Nighy – Biography". TalkTalk. http://www.talktalk.co.uk/entertainment/film/biography/artist/bill-nighy/biography/169. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Blackhall, Sue (1 February 2010). Bill Nighy The Unauthorised Biography. John Blake Publishing. ISBN 1-84454-867-8. 
  7. ^ a b Bill Nighy, Hello magazine, undated, accessed 23 November 2009.
  8. ^ Schiff, Amanda (2 December 2008). "Laura Lamson Obituary". The Guardian. UK. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/dec/02/obituary-laura-lamson. Retrieved 3 December 2008. 
  9. ^ BBC – Doctor Who (David Tennant and Billie Piper)- News[dead link]
  10. ^ "Bill Nighy Is A Wild Target | Empire". Empire. http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=23257. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Bill Nighy to star in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". BBC. 6 July 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_8130000/newsid_8137100/8137104.stm. Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  12. ^ "James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, and Ashley Jensen join the cast of "Arthur Christmas"". http://www.cartoonbrew.com/biz/james-mcavoy-hugh-laurie-jim-broadbent-bill-nighy-imelda-staunton-and-ashley-jensen-join-the-cast-of-%E2%80%9Carthur-christmas%E2%80%9D.html. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Bill Nighy". http://www.ramascreen.com/tag/bill-nighy. 
  14. ^ Roberts, Laura. It's not Love Actually after all as star Nighy splits with partner of 27 years, Daily Mail, 25 August 2008.
  15. ^ Crystal Palace F.C. Disabled Childrens Club accessed 2 Jun 2007; Ann Craft Trust homepage
  16. ^ "Scene & Heard – Who We Are". sceneandheard.org. 2010. http://sceneandheard.org/about_whoweare.html. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  17. ^ "The Milton Rooms homepage". Themiltonrooms.com. http://www.themiltonrooms.com/. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "The Annie Awards". The Annie Awards. http://annieawards.org/consideration.html. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  19. ^ "The 69th Annual Golden Globe Award Nominations". imdb.com. 15 December 2011. http://www.imdb.com/oscars/nominations/golden-globes. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  20. ^ National Theatre archive cast and production listing.
  21. ^ "BBC – A Charles Paris Mystery – ''Sicken and So Die''". BBC. 3 March 2008. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0076zw4. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  22. ^ "BBC – A Charles Paris Mystery – ''Murder Unprompted''". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0081lqq. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  23. ^ "BBC – Afternoon Play – ''I Wish to Apologise for My Part in the Apocalypse''". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00cj8db. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  24. ^ "BBC – A Charles Paris Mystery – ''Dead Side of the Mic''". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ft5bd. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  25. ^ "BBC – Saturday Play – ''Educating Rita''". BBC. 26 December 2009. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pdkqx. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  26. ^ "BBC – Saturday Play – ''Private Lives''". BBC. 2 January 2010. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00phzvx. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  27. ^ "BBC – A Charles Paris Mystery – ''Cast in Order of Disappearance''". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00q43nx. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  28. ^ "BBC – A Charles Paris Mystery – ''Murder in the Title''". BBC. 22 November 2010. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00w190h. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  29. ^ "BBC – Afternoon Play – ''The Bat Man''". BBC. 20 April 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b010dq74. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 

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